7 days in Essex Itinerary

7 days in Essex Itinerary

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Saffron Walden
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Clacton-on-Sea
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Southend-on-Sea
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Saffron Walden

Saffron Walden is a market town in the Uttlesford district of Essex, England. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): contemplate the long history of Audley End House and Gardens, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mary's Church, then experience rural life at Wash Farm, and finally contemplate the long history of Mountfitchet Castle. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Royal Gunpowder Mills and then identify plant and animal life at Coda Falconry.

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

London to Saffron Walden is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in May, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Clacton-on-Sea.

Things to do in Saffron Walden

Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

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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 4th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Walton On The Naze beach, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary the Virgin, then enjoy the sand and surf at Clacton-on-Sea Beach, and finally find something for the whole family at Clacton Pier.

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Getting from Saffron Walden to Clacton-on-Sea by car takes about 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to drive to Southend-on-Sea.

Things to do in Clacton-on-Sea

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Theme Parks

Side Trips

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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. Explore Southend-on-Sea's surroundings by going to Colchester (Colchester Castle Museum, Colchester Zoo, &more), McLauchlans of Boxted (in Boxted) and St Mary's (in Wivenhoe). There's much more to do: find something for the whole family at Adventure Island, examine the collection at Southend Central Museum and Planetarium, stop by Old Leigh, and stop by Love Shabby Chic.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Southend-on-Sea itinerary planner.

Getting from Clacton-on-Sea to Southend-on-Sea by car takes about 1.5 hours. In May in Southend-on-Sea, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Southend-on-Sea

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

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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.