"Essex" Top 5 Page for this destination Essex by worldkiwi

Essex Travel Guide: 714 reviews and 1,481 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 and Cons
  • 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.
  • Last visit to Essex: Aug 2013
  • Intro Updated Aug 18, 2013
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  • BarbaraForza's Profile Photo
    Jul 21, 2005 at 3:51 PM

    Essex is fantastic...next week I'm supposed to be there for only one day!

  • munki's Profile Photo
    Jun 30, 2005 at 4:10 AM

    You know how to sell Essex. (I live here for 2 years now). Great page Glenn. That poor wolf looks miserable, don't you think?

  • CALSF's Profile Photo
    Oct 10, 2004 at 2:06 PM

    Looks like Essex is one of the last remaining 'unspoiled' English seaside towns. Nice page, Glenn.

  • sourbugger's Profile Photo
    May 7, 2004 at 4:54 AM

    Essex -more than white stillettoes !

  • ukirsari's Profile Photo
    Jan 28, 2004 at 2:13 AM

    Nice and romantic page about Essex, Glenn. Thanks for sharing :) Friend of mine is here, at Southend-on-Sea! Regards --@rie--

  • kiwi's Profile Photo
    Jan 23, 2004 at 12:53 PM

    Good to see this lovely page on Essex, I too enjoyed my times there. Great tips!!

  • craic's Profile Photo
    Jan 22, 2004 at 6:30 AM

    What a lovely page. Great stuff.

  • allikat's Profile Photo
    Jan 13, 2004 at 2:38 AM

    haha! First I see your Auckland page, then I find your Essex page! Good info, from a Braintree Girl!

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Jan 4, 2004 at 6:49 AM

    An excellent page on Essex! My wife will be visiting Colchester in February so I will make a point to take in some of your highlights! Cheers

  • londonbabe's Profile Photo
    May 14, 2003 at 3:09 AM

    Fantastic! Essex is undeservedly ignored - it has some great places to visit. Thanks for all this info.

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