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Chelmsford and beyond

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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 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.

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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.