It's difficult to get bored in Essex, as the county has so much going for it! From beautiful historic buildings to wide expanses of open parkland, dense and ancient forests, buzzing cities and easy access to London and the coast, Essex really has it all. Many visitors to Essex head straight to Brentwood, the historic town which acts as a shining jewel in the county's crown. It isn't difficult to see why, as here you can find some of the best country parks in the region, some fascinating museums, stunning country manors and much, much more. If you want to get away from it all whilst in the Brentwood area, the locals would no doubt recommend a day out to Weald Country Park in the west of Brentwood. This has been a protected and preserved park for over 700 years, and is the largest of the country parks in Essex. The land is absolutely gorgeous, and features grassy hillocks, a couple of lovely lakes which are frequented by some of Britain's rarest wetland species, and loads and loads of space for walks, picnics or just relaxation in the sunshine. Come along on a guided walk in the park, and you'll find bizarre and delicious fungi, and maybe spot some of the elusive deer and other wild animals that have this area as their home.
For a bit of refinement and elegance, Brentwood has plenty to offer. One of the highlights of the area is Ingatestone Hall, a beautiful 16th century manor which is occasionally open to the public. Inside, you'll find some incredible examples of Tudor furnishings, tapestries and all sorts of other treasures, and walking around the grounds is a real treat. Ingatestone Hall is one of the finest examples in the UK of Tudor craftsmanship and style, and is magnificently preserved to this day. For a closer encounter with the history of the area, head on down to Brentwood Museum, where you'll find plenty of local artefacts and information on the region. You'll learn about the people who have lived and worked in Brentwood, and made the town what it is today. The collection of domestic items from the 18th and 19th centuries are particular worth a look, as it is always fascinating to see how Britons used to live. Elsewhere in the town you can find war museums, more beautiful country parks and even a dry ski slope – fun for all the family!
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