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A vibrant city, Chelmsford has everything from history and culture, bars and restaurants, to green, open spaces and shopping and sporting opportunities...
Chelmsford has a rich history which you can learn more about at Chelmsford Museum. You could also pay a trip to Essex Police Museum which holds records of the police force dating back to 1840.
The city's cathedral is the second smallest in England and well worth a visit for its beauty; educational visits are available with a tour guide.
If you fancy a spot of shopping or want to pick up a unique gift or flavoursome foods, head to the traditional market in the city centre. There are also high street stores and two shopping arcades for you to indulge in.
Alternatively, head to the green side of Chelmsford and enjoy the parks and gardens. Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre and Nature Reserve is a woodland reserve with a variety of wildlife and a beautiful reservoir with fantastic views. Also worth a visit are Hylands Park, Marsh Farm Country Park and Paper Mill Lock.
Chelmsford is proud to host V Festival every summer which attracts the biggest names in music, but be sure to book your ticket in advance as tickets sell out quickly.
If you decide to rent a car, pick up your vehicle from a downtown location that is convenient for you.
It's worth considering car rental. Chelmsford is a great base for getting out and about thanks to its links to London and the coast...
Explore the rest of Essex in your rental car including Colchester, Southend and Braintree and make the most of your stay in the county. Southend-on-Sea has a popular sandy beach and, as it's only 13 miles from Chelmsford, is a fun, inexpensive day out for the family to enjoy.
London is half an hour away from Chelmsford and is simple to get to with your hire car. You can be there and back within a day, having seen the sights or had a shopping spree in the capital.
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