"Essex" Top 5 Page for this destination Essex by worldkiwi
Essex Travel Guide: 709 reviews and 1,389 photos
Essex is a much maligned, yet importantly historic county of England. It was my home for just over a year from late 2000 to the end of 2001. I lived amongst the Cockneys on that infamous stretch of urban sprawl on the north side of the Thames. In actual fact, the town I lived in - Leigh-on-Sea, was delightful and had a lot of character and charm. Yes, there are some hideous urban landscapes in Essex, but every country and every region has something unpleasant. If you have the time to explore Essex, you will find the charming, picturesque, and historic sights that one associates with lots of other parts of the UK. On top of that, you'll be well off the beaten tourist trail and will probably experience a more natural lifestyle amongst the locals.
- Pros:Experience living with the locals, no tourists!
- Cons:Avoid some areas at night, quite a few locals can't handle their alcohol!
- In a nutshell:Rough in places, down to earth, beautiful countryside away from the Thames.
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