Essex Tourist Information is available at Waltham Abbey, where you can also visit the 16th Century timber framed buildings of the Epping Forest District Museum and Royal Gunpowder Mills steam-powered mill.
The town is a gateway into the Lee Valley Country Park, with plenty of countryside and leisure activities.
Saffron Walden, once famous for its cultivation of saffron crocuses, is a delightful town in the north west of the County.
Saffron Walden's beautiful church is the largest in Essex, dating from the prosperous years of the saffron industry in the late 15th century.
There are a number of displays including fossil and geology displays and information regarding bird migration and sightings.
The striking, fully sound-proofed 1935 Rooftop Restaurant and Bar sits at top of the five-storey Holiday Inn Southend and takes its name from the year that the airport opened as a municipal airport for the public.
You can visit the Norman castle and museum, and also the Dutch Quarter where Flemish refugees settled in the sixteenth century.
Mary has fine panels of stained glass by William Morris and Burne Jones.
In Harwich you can discover sixteen sites of historic interest by following the 'Harwich Maritime Trail'.
Braintree is a bustling market town, good for shopping, restaurants, arts and entertainment.
The surrounding rolling countryside offers good walking, cycling and golf.