Bordering London, Essex is a diverse county and a great place to stay to avoid the hustle and bustle of city life. Home to Britain's first city, Colchester, as well as 350 miles of coastline, and beautiful woodland, there's something for everyone. Indulge in oysters on Mersea island or afternoon tea at the famous rooms inTiptree. Visit stately homes, gardens and castles - and discover Essex's long history.

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