Visitors can expect a range of things to do in Chelmsford, Essex, from events and festivals throughout the year including the annual V Festival, Chelmsford Cathedral, museums, shops, bars and restaurants.
The modern town of Chelmsford was created in the Middle Ages. At the time of the Domesday Book the land on the site of the modern town centre belonged to the Bishop of London. About 1100 Bishop Maurice built a bridge across the River Can. As result traffic which used to travel through Writtle was now diverted through Chelmsford. The town grew as a hub for the engineering industry, including the invention of the radio, which meant that Chelmsford was a target for German bombing during World War II and the town suffered a number of raids. In post war times the town recovered and developed significantly with a real boom in retail centres opening in the 70s and 80s. The town was then granted city status in 2012 and has continued its development as the only city in Essex.
For a family day out, visit Chelmsford’s outstanding attractions, with history to be explored at Chelmsford Museum or watch a game of cricket at the County Ground. Take in the impressive architecture of buildings such as Chelmsford Cathedral and Shire Hall and admire the beauty of the fully restored Grade II listed Hylands House.
For shopping lovers Chelmsford has not one but three shopping centres (the Meadows, High Chelmer and Bond Street), offering all the high street names including John Lewis, as well as exciting independent retailers and boutique stores. When it’s time to rest those feet there is no shortage of restaurants, cafes, bars and pubs for you to grab a drink or a bite to eat.
Parking with Q-Park in Chelmsford provides a safe and secure facility for customers to leave their car in as they explore Chelmsford from a central location.