Braintree in Essex is an ancient market town situated just 40 miles from London. With the arrival of the railway connection to London in the 19th century, Braintree began to grow as a centre for textiles. The Warner Textile Archive is now a national record documenting the textile history of the area.

These days, Braintree and surrounding villages are full of things to do. Whether you are looking for a fun day out with the family, a romantic date with your loved one, or a bite to eat as you catch up with friends, this part of North Essex contains a wealth of facilities and amenities to ensure you enjoy your stay here.

Braintree Freeport

Freeport Braintree is a very popular shopping centre boasting shops ranging from designer brands such as Kurt Geiger, Karen Millen and Tommy Hilfiger to high street stores such as The Body Shop and Claires. Freeport is also home to a large Cineworld, a 12 screen cinema showing the latest blockbuster films and a bowling alley.

Swimming Pool

Located directly next to Freeport is The Braintree Pool Swimming Centre – a great place for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy some time in the water.

Great Notley Country Park

Make the most of your leisure time at Great Notley Country Park. Home of Sky Ropes high ropes and Essex’s longest play trail, Great Notley is a favourite destination amongst both children and adults. Covering 100 acres of open space, the park is home to a giant see-saw, slides, high ropes and many more fun trails and obstacles for children to play on.

As well as being a great place to spend the day with your little ones, the park is also a popular site for walking, cycling and even horse riding.


Braintree town centre is very well linked to the local area. The bustling train station can take you to London in just 55 minutes, Westfield Shopping centre at Stratford in 45 minutes while there’s also great connectivity by road to Stansted Airport (15 minutes) and surrounding towns such as, Halstead Chelmsford, Sudbury and Witham.


For those looking for a highly enriching experience, take a look at the Braintree District Museum, which will help you explore the history of Braintree. Learn more about the town’s industrial and cultural achievements and attend interesting exclusive events and exhibitions at the former Manor Street School building.

Panfield House is conveniently situated in the town centre, too, which is home to a large variety of shops, restaurants and bars that will cater for your every need.