Essex is a county in Southeast England lying between London and the North Sea. Colchester - the oldest town in England - was once the capital of Roman Britain and is a city steeped in history and interesting things to see and do. The Castle, build in the 11th Century is now home to a museum, full of interactive exhibits and history about the city. The lovely gardens of Castle Park are also well worth a visit. Colchester Zoo is a great family friendly attraction and raises money for wildlife conservation projects in Africa so you are putting money to a good cause with a visit here.
If you would prefer some old fashioned English seaside fun, head to Southend on Sea with its lovely beaches and paddle-able seafront. There is a pier here over 2km long (a train runs along it if its too far for you!) and a permanent funfair here so the kids will be well entertained. The coastal towns of Harwich, Mersea Island and Maldon are also worth a visit.
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