Situated just a 35-minute journey from London Liverpool Street by rail, the county town of Chelmsford - today a city - is known as the birthplace of radio. But that's not all this historic city has to offer. It also boasts some of the hottest summer weather in the country and a range of affordable hotels to suit all budgets, from chain hotels to spa hotels and manor house hotels on the city's outskirts. Chelmsford is a popular conference destination, and business travellers, couples and families will find plenty of choice when it comes to value-for-money accommodation.
Historic Hotels in Chelmsford
Many Chelmsford hotels are housed in historic buildings; so you can book a room in a Grade II listed manor house or stay in a converted Victorian mansion. They may be packed with history, but the city's hotels offer decidedly modern amenities, from free WiFi to conference and meeting facilities - most also provide free on-site parking for guests arriving by car.
Hotels Close to Chelmsford's Attractions
Chelmsford city centre is compact and the High Street area is pedestrianised, making it easy to reach the city's main attractions on foot. For shopping, there's the High Chelmer and Meadows malls, or you could catch the shuttle bus from the bus station to Lakeside Shopping Centre. On sunny days, mountain biking at Danbury Common is a popular way to spend an afternoon, or you can rent a kayak or canoe and take a trip along the Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation.
History buffs can explore Chelmsford Cathedral, the United Kingdom's second-smallest cathedral, stroll around Hyland's House, a Grade II listed manor with acres of beautiful grounds, or uncover local artefacts at Chelmsford Museum. After a busy day, you'll find traditional pubs, wine bars, cafés and a range of restaurants to choose from in the city centre - or you could always head back to your hotel and treat yourself to room service!
Family-Friendly Amenities at Chelmsford Hotels
Chelmsford's hotels offer a wide range of family-friendly amenities such as laundry and dry cleaning services, cribs and flat-screen TVs in guest bedrooms, as well as free WiFi, so you can upload those family snapshots to social media.