Hotels in Essex
Down Hall Hotel
Dating back to 1322, this impressive Italianate mansion is an historic setting. The hotel's grand interiors, ornate ceilings and abundance of natural daylight combine to make Down Hall Country House Hotel an experience like no other.
There is plenty to see and do in Essex. This county has it all, a selection of top visitors attractions as well as a wonderful Zoo and Museums.
Things to do around Essex
Discover one of Europe's finest zoos. Over 260 species and 545 sub-species in award-winning enclosures. Get closer to the animals and feed elephants and giraffes or see free-flying birds of prey. Don't miss the African Zone, the Tiger Taiga Enclosure and Playa Patagonia, the sea lion pool with 24m viewing tunnel under water, plus new Komodo Dragon enclosure.
A visit to Colchester Castle Museum takes you through 2000 years of some of the most important events in British history. Once capital of Roman Britain, Colchester has experienced devastation by Boudica (Boadicea), invasion by the Normans and siege during the English Civil War.