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  • Hedingham Castle, North Essex

    Hedingham Castle

    One of the best preserved Norman keeps in Europe!

    Hedingham Castle

  • North Essex Countryside

    North Essex Countryside

    River Stour on the North Essex/Suffolk Border

    Credit to David Holland

  • Earls Colne Railway

    Colne Valley Railway

    Take a trip on one of our lovingly restored steam engines....

    Colne Valley Railway

  • Freeport Braintree - Outlet Shopping Village

    Freeport Braintree - Outlet Shopping Village

    Fantastic discounts on High Street prices


  • Bluebells at Stisted Wood

    Bluebell Woods near Stisted

    Beautiful walks

    Credit to David Ockleford

  • Redwoods in Gosfield

    Up in the Redwoods!

    Broaks Wood, Gosfield

    Credit to Adrian Sage

  • North Essex Accommodation

    North Essex Accommodation

    North Essex offers plenty of attractive guest houses and self catering properties

    Credit to Rachel Clark

  • North Essex churches

    North Essex Churches

    Credit to David Holland

  • Cressing Temple

    Cressing Temple

    Spectacular 13th century barns, once home to the Knights Templar!

    Cressing Temple

  • North Essex countryside- Loneliness between Braintree and Rayne

    North Essex Countryside

    Loneliness between Rayne and Braintree

    Credit to Adrian Oramus

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Visit North Essex for great days out...

Village of RayneLooking for fantastic days out in Essex? Visit North Essex; with colourful, bustling market towns and picturesque villages set in beautiful rolling countryside, look no further than north Essex tourism to get away from it all and rediscover the rural heart of the county....

Visit North Essex and Braintree tourist information for plenty of things to do, attractions and some excellent quality assured accommodation in North Essex. With all this in mind, why not stay a while! Take advantage of our miles of leafy lanes and undulating countryside, whether you like to tramp, stroll or cycle.  North Essex is the perfect location for a short break or day trip away from hectic lifestyles. Just one hour from London, this central area has excellent links to the coast, Constable's countryside and East Anglia via A120, A12, M11 and direct rail, with the addition of Stansted airport 16 miles away from Braintree.

Indi card

Indi Card: start saving money now

The indi card gives you access to offers, discounts and other incentives in shops and restaurants in the Braintree District; look out for the indi card window sticker in participating businesses in Braintree, Witham and Halstead. Get your indi card now

Places to Visit 

Visit Warner Textile Archive & District Museum

Warner Textile Archive, Braintree

Braintree Town Hall, weddings & conferences

Town Hall Braintree

Backing Our Towns

Braintree Swimming Pool

A 4 year regeneration programme to make North Essex a better place for people to shop, visit and for businesses to flourish.

Picture of George Yard shopping Centre, Braintree