Chelmsford is found in the heart of Essex and is approximately a 30 minute train journey from Colchester North Station. Interestingly, the Visit England Blog refers to Chelmsford as the birthplace of radio, and discusses the city status recently awarded to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

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Only a few minutes walk from the train station, we bypassed Chelmsford Cathedral which is the church of St Mary the Virgin and was built along with the town about 800 years ago.

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Chelmsford has the best undercover shopping complex in Essex. High Chelmer and The Meadows shopping centres are connected by the pedestrianised High Street full of many more shops, banks, restaurants and cafés.

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My flatmate Laura and I made the trip to Chelmsford primarily for the shopping, and within 2 hours she was successfully equipped with a new wardrobe. Laura introduced me to the M&S Café, which is a café found within a clothing store that is targeted towards older people. The Marks & Spencer Café actually has quite delicious food, despite the fact we were basically the only 2 people in the café under the age of 70.

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It was no surprise that the weather was gloomy and rainy on our day trip to Chelmsford. I am quite surprised however, that it has taken 6 weeks for this to happen..

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Tip 7: Stay away from the roadside when it has been raining (which yes, is almost everyday in England), because there will be a car that overtakes another via a big puddle of water and splashes freezing cold water onto you and all your shopping.