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Mini guide to Chelmsford


The regional centre of Essex, Chelmsford is situated just a short distance from London and is home to a high number of outstanding attractions including the Chelmsford Cathedral, Leez Priory and Hyland House. Chelmsford is also the site of the Cathedral Festival, presenting music, talks and events each May, and the annual V Festival showcasing some of the world's best national and international rock and pop music artists.

The town's most notable architectural structure is the spectacular Chelmsford Cathedral dating to the 15th century and host to annual Cathedral Festival performances. The Leez Priory is another highlight attraction that encompasses the ruins of an ancient priory and a 16th century Tudor manor house and is surrounded by a vast area of gardens and lakes. Hyland House is a superb neo-classical building located on the outskirts of town in the extensive Hylands Park.

Located in Oaklands Park, the Chelmsford Museum and the Essex Regiment Museum are two interesting features located in the centre of town, while the Museum of Science and Industry is situated slightly farther away at Sandford Mill.

Chelmsford has plenty to offer in the way of leisure activities, with two theatres, two major shopping centres, a retail market and the Antiques and Secondhand Goods Market, an eight-screen movie theatre, the Riverside Ice and Leisure Centre and a host of cafés, restaurants, pubs, clubs and bars.

London, with its endless opportunities for wining, dining, recreation and entertainment, is just a 35 minute journey from Chelmsford by train, while Essex offers a number of quaint villages that are well worth exploring.

An excellent network of roads connects Chelmsford to London and other parts of the country, and the town is easily accessible by car or coach via the M25 and M11 motorways. Chelmsford has its own train station, while Stansted International Airport serves the Essex region, offering frequent flights to destinations across the UK and Europe.

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