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Explore around Broomfield Hospital

Broomfield Hospital is only a quick drive north of the Essex city of Chelmsford, which in turn is less than an hour from central London. In town you'll find the diminutive Chelmsford Cathedral, second in size only to that of Derby's, but boasting a fine nave that's well worth a visit. The River Can flows through the town centre, and skirts the lovely Central Park, which is home to a charming nature reserve and lots of picturesque picnicking spots. For shoppers, Meadows Shopping Centre offers high street brands and casual cafes.

Discover the Hylands Estate

Just on the south-western outskirts of Chelmsford, Hylands Park is one of the best-loved green spaces in Essex. Run by the local council, it's perfect for dog-walkers, cyclists and picnickers. At its centre Hylands House is a stunning neoclassical villa dating back to the early 18th century. As well as opening its doors to the public each Sunday, Hylands hosts craft markets and special events throughout the year.

Dive into east London

With direct trains to London Liverpool Street, you can go from Chelmsford to the capital's coolest district in well under an hour. Alight and head north to Shoreditch, where you can shop for the latest boutique fashion and sip stylish cocktails at Boxpark. Rich Mix is a much-loved local cinema and performance space, while further along Bethnal Green Road, E Pellicci is one of the capital's very finest traditional cafes, with a buzzing atmosphere.

Looking for a cheap hotel Near Broomfield Hospital? Travelodge Chelmsford Hotel is Nearby, or Travelodge Basildon Wickford Hotel is a short drive south.