Chelmsford is a compact city, in Essex, 35 minutes from London. It is a vibrant city famous for its events programme and outstanding attractions.
There is an outstanding array of impressive buildings, such as Chelmsford Cathedral,Shire Hall and the fully restored Grade II listed Hylands House.
The city offers a varied and wide range of options in terms of history, outdoor activities, shopping, nightlife, sports, theatre and places to eat.

Eating out

Chelmsford’s has plenty of choices for places to eat and drink. Backnang Square and Gray’s Yard areas offer fashionable dining options, whilst Bond street offers a wide range of quality dining options with riverside views and seating.

Shop and markets

Along with the new Bond Street open-air shopping and leisure development, featuring high street department stores, restaurants, cafes and a cinema, Chelmsford has two medium sized shopping centres, High Chelmer and The Meadows, as well as two  retail parks, Riverside and Chelmer Village.


The Riverside Ice and Leisure Centre is Chelmsford’s largest leisure centre, offering a wide range of facilities, including swimming pools, a gym and an ice rink.
Chelmsford is also home to one of the oldest canoe clubs in the country. Established in 1946
Chelmsford is a cricket-loving city, and The Essex County Ground (ECG) is the venue where the Essex County Cricket Club plays its home games since 1967.


Chelmsford hosts one of the UK’s biggest summer festivals every year, the  Rize Festival, a large music festival which takes place at Hylands Estate in August.
Chelmsford  Fling Festival is a music and arts festival for adults, which takes place at Hylands Park, each summer and offering a programme comprised of music performances, cabaret and comedy , theater, dance and other activities.