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Welcome to Braintree

With quaint, colourful market towns and villages nestled in miles of rolling countryside, the Braintree district of Essex has been a popular rural escape for people in the surrounding cities for decades. Braintree is steeped in history, with medieval barns once owned by the Knights Templar, an ancient Norman keep, and Victorian steam railways. Whether you're looking for tranquil, rural walks, historical intrigue, or simply some good old retail therapy, Braintree has something for everyone.

A bit of everything in Essex

Just north of London, Essex is a county full of fascinating contrasts, and encapsulates a bit of everything that makes Britain great. Every town and village contains a fascinating blend of the old and the new, with modern facilities and shopping centres interspersed by historic houses such as Audley End House and Gardens, along with modern, architectural wonders like Colchester's Firstsite.

Treat yourself at Freeport

Freeport is one of Braintree's most frequented shopping centres, offering an excellent range of men's and women's fashion, homeware, gifts and accessories. Freeport has over 85 stores, including high street favourites like Ted Baker, Bose, M&S, Gap and Clarks, along with a number of great eateries like Pizza Express and Burger King. Set in a tranquil village, Freeport is exceptionally popular as a retail centre, as it offers a welcome escape from the crowded bustle of more urban malls and high streets.

Looking for a cheap hotel Near Braintree? Travelodge Stansted Great Dunmow Hotel is 20 minutes away by car, as is Travelodge Colchester Feering Hotel.