5 days in Essex Itinerary

5 days in Essex Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Essex planner

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Southend-on-Sea
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Maldon
— 1 night
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Clacton-on-Sea
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Frinton-On-Sea
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Walton-on-the-Naze
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Colchester
— 1 night
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Coggeshall
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Thaxted
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Saffron Walden
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Waltham Abbey
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Southend-on-Sea

Southend-on-Sea, commonly referred to as simply Southend, is a town and wider unitary authority area with borough status in southeastern Essex, England. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): take in the waterfront at Southend Pier & Railway and then wander the streets of Old Leigh.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Southend-on-Sea road trip tool.

London to Southend-on-Sea is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. May in Southend-on-Sea sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Maldon.

Things to do in Southend-on-Sea

Neighborhoods
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Maldon

— 1 night
Maldon is a town on the Blackwater estuary in Essex, England. For photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Maldon trip builder app.

Drive from Southend-on-Sea to Maldon in an hour. May in Maldon sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 9°C at night. On the 29th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Clacton-on-Sea.

Things to do in Maldon

Nightlife · Fun & Games · Parks · Outdoors
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Clacton-on-Sea

Clacton-on-Sea is the largest town in the Tendring peninsula and district in Essex, England, and was founded as an urban district in the year 1871. On the 29th (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Clacton-on-Sea Beach and then find something for the whole family at Clacton Pier.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Clacton-on-Sea trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Maldon to Clacton-on-Sea takes an hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Frinton-On-Sea.

Things to do in Clacton-on-Sea

Theme Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Parks
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Frinton-On-Sea

— 1 night
Frinton-on-Sea is a small seaside town in the Tendring District of Essex, England. Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary the Virgin.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Frinton-On-Sea trip maker app.

Frinton-On-Sea is very close to Clacton-on-Sea. On the 30th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Walton-on-the-Naze.

Things to do in Frinton-On-Sea

Historic Sites
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Walton-on-the-Naze

Walton-on-the-Naze is a small town in Essex, England, on the North Sea coast in the Tendring district. Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): examine the collection at Harwich Redoubt and then stroll through Walton On The Naze beach.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Walton-on-the-Naze trip maker tool.

Walton-on-the-Naze is very close to Frinton-On-Sea. In May in Walton-on-the-Naze, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can drive to Colchester.

Things to do in Walton-on-the-Naze

Museums · Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trip

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Colchester

— 1 night
Colchester is an historic market town and the largest settlement within the borough of Colchester in the county of Essex.At the time of the census in 2011, it had a population of 121,859, marking a considerable rise from the previous census and with considerable development since 2001 and ongoing building plans; it has been named as one of Britain's fastest growing towns. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Mon): take in the exciting artwork at Sentinel Gallery and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Mary's.

For photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Colchester tour itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Walton-on-the-Naze to Colchester takes an hour. In May in Colchester, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 8°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 31st (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Coggeshall.

Things to do in Colchester

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums
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Coggeshall

Coggeshall is a small market town of 4,727 residents (in 2011) in Essex, England, between Colchester and Braintree on the Roman road of Stane Street, and intersected by the River Blackwater. Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Nicolas Church and then admire the natural beauty at Paycocke's House and Garden.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Coggeshall sightseeing planner.

Coggeshall is very close to Colchester. In May, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel to Thaxted.

Things to do in Coggeshall

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

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Thaxted

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): admire the striking features of Thaxted Guildhall.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Thaxted road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Coggeshall to Thaxted takes an hour. In May, daily temperatures in Thaxted can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. On the 1st (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Saffron Walden.
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Saffron Walden

Saffron Walden is a market town in the Uttlesford district of Essex, England. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): make a trip to The Saffron Walden Gallery, admire the natural beauty at Bridge End Garden, and then brush up on your military savvy at IWM Duxford.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Saffron Walden road trip planner.

Saffron Walden is just a short distance from Thaxted. In June, daytime highs in Saffron Walden are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Waltham Abbey.

Things to do in Saffron Walden

Parks · Museums

Side Trip

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Waltham Abbey

Waltham Abbey is a suburban market town in the Epping Forest District of Essex, the metropolitan area of London, and the Greater London Urban Area. For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Waltham Abbey trip planning website.

You can drive from Saffron Walden to Waltham Abbey in an hour. In June, daily temperatures in Waltham Abbey can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. On the 1st (Tue), you're off to home.

Things to do in Waltham Abbey

Nightlife · Parks · Fun & Games · Outdoors
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Essex travel guide

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Zoos · Theme Parks · Gardens
The gently rolling landscapes of Essex have long inspired the works of some of Britain’s best-known artists, yet many people still regard this region as an urban wasteland devoid of places to visit. Nothing could be further from the truth: the rural parts of this region break the classic Essex stereotype, featuring an idyllic countryside dotted with small, bustling towns and sleepy medieval villages perfect for sightseeing. John Constable, one of the country’s beloved painters, found plenty of inspiration in the region’s winding country lanes, which have seen little change for many centuries. Modern tourists can tour the old buildings of historic Colchester, Britain’s oldest recorded town, which dates back to before the Roman conquest and contains an ancient Norman castle.