The first radio factory was built here by Guglielmo Marconi in 1912.
Multi-screen cinema and theatres, leisure centre with pool, flume rides and ice rink.
The shopping area is now pedestrianised with two main shopping centres as well as the High Street.
Market day is Thursday with an antiques and second-hand market. Pleasant parks and walks along the river Can.
Two antique centres in the area, one at Battlesbridge (tel: 01268 575000 for details) on the A130 south of Colchester, the other at Great Baddow (tel: 01245 476159 for details), just south of the town.
Chelmsford Cathedral A large cathedral with 19th and 20th century stained glass windows.
RHS Garden Hyde Hall Royal Horticultural Society garden set on a hilltop.
Ingatestone Hall 6.1 miles 16th-century Tudor mansion.
Chelmsford Museum Discover the history of Chelmsford.
Visit historic Colchester
Towns Near Chelmsford To Visit - straight line distance:Billericay (7.83 miles) Maldon (8.82 miles) Chipping Ongar (9.78 miles) Great Dunmow (10.50 miles)