ceremonial county in England (use Q21272241 for administrative non-metropolitan county)

Essex is a large county in East Anglia, England.

Towns and villagesEdit

Map of Essex
Map of Essex (England)



Other destinationsEdit

  • 1 Epping Forest   — Royal Forest
  • 2 Foulness Island — Essex's largest island. Lies off the coast near Southend and has been under the control of the Ministry of Defence since 1916.


Contrary to popular belief and stereotypes, Essex is not actually an urban wasteland. Most of the county is rural, and has some very beautiful scenery that is not widely known to outsiders. Saffron Walden, in the north-west of the county, epitomises this defiance of the classic Essex stereotype, as do many of the smaller towns and villages.


Accents vary in Essex. In the northern and rural areas of the county, you are much more likely to hear the traditional East Anglian accent. But in the south of the county the most commonly heard is known as the estuary accent; some say this is a cross between Cockney and East Anglian.

Get inEdit

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Get aroundEdit

Stay safeEdit

Contrary to popular belief, Essex actually has one of the lowest crime rates in England. However some poorer towns in the more urbanised south and west of the county should be approached with caution, especially at night.

As with the rest of the UK, in any emergency call 999 or 112 (from a land-line if you can) and ask for Ambulance, Fire or Police when connected.

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