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Located in the heart of the city, the County Hotel is the perfect base from which to explore the historic city of Chelmsford.

Things to do in Chelmsford

Just a 30-minute train ride outside of London, the charming city of Chelmsford has plenty for visiting guests to see and do. With an historic cathedral, plus an array of theatres, bars, restaurants, museums, and sights to see, it is a lovely place to spend a weekend exploring.

The Essex Bucket List

Things to do and see on The Essex Bucket List near us include wine tasting at New Hall Vineyard and cheering on the runners and riders at our very own Chelmsford Racecourse. Or you could meet the animals at Colchester Zoo, admire the stunning views from the top of Naze Tower, and wander along Southend Pier.

Oh, we do like to be beside the seaside

Did you know that Essex has the longest coastline in Britain? All 350 miles of it. With several award-winning beaches, historic castles, piers and promenades, you can enjoy salty and sumptuous seafood sold in quaint seaside fishing towns, while also discovering secret islands, fossil-filled beaches and craggy coastal walks.

Discover The Mayflower Trail

One of our favourite pastimes is The Mayflower Trail, and it is believed that The Mayflower itself was built at The Port of Harwich, only a short journey from Chelmsford. Follow the Maritime Trail and discover where Mayflower Captain, Christopher Jones once lived and was wed. In the town's ancient shipyard, volunteers are recreating the Mayflower ship so you can see the vessel for yourself.

The great outdoors

With nine country parks boasting acres of woodland and tranquil space, you'll be pulling on your walking boots in no time. For the thrill seekers, you can venture out white water rafting, sailing, mountain biking, and powerboating. For the less adventurous, there is an abundance of picnic spots across the county and wild, woodland trails.


Just a 10 minute walk from us lies Chelmsford's very own Bond Street. Indulge in some retail therapy with over 25 shops including John Lewis, The White Company, and FatFace, and spend your afternoon dining at one of the riverside restaurants or relaxing in front of a movie in the boutique Everyman cinema.

Essex County Cricket Club

The club of former England Captain, Alaistar Cook, Essex County Cricket Club is located just one mile from us and is home to first-class cricket taking place from April to September. Essex compete in three formats with the fast-paced NatWest T20 Blast, Royal London One-Day Cup 50-over competition and the LV= County Championship, which takes places over four days.

Photograph © Essex Cricket


Chelmsford Cathedral

Chelmsford Cathedral is one of the youngest cathedrals in the UK, with the first recorded service dating back to 1223, and stonework discovered from Norman times. Popular for its beautiful architecture, ecclesiastical artwork collection, regular services, and multitude of events and concerts, it makes for a perfect afternoon out during a trip to Chelmsford.