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A world-renowned hospitality company operating hundreds of hotels all over the globe, Carlson Hotels operates many well-known hotel brands such as Radisson Blu and Park Inn. Whichever Essex Carlson hotel you choose, you'll be guaranteed a warm welcome and comfortable, refined rooms. Essex has very good public transport links to Greater London, and is well connected to the rest of Europe via London Southend and London Stansted airports.
Dating back to the early-13th Century, this castle, next to the Thames estuary and close to the stylish Park Inn by Radisson Palace in Southend-on-Sea, was once an important military defence. It's also one of only a minority of Essex landmarks to be classified as Grade I-Listed by English Heritage, and was an inspiration for the eminent Romantic painter John Constable. Adjacent to the site is Hadleigh Farm, which was chosen as the venue for the men's and women's mountain biking races of the London 2012 Summer Olympics.
Discover the history of the Royal Gunpowder Mills that ran for more than three centuries until it was converted into a military research centre after World War II. Find out about how gunpowder has been used over the centuries, learn about the secret rockets that were once tested in this area, and visit the Mad Lab of eccentric Professor Nitrate where you can observe him testing his new theories with ambitious experiments! The museum in the historic market town of Waltham Abbey, best known for its well-preserved Abbey Church that existed for more than 1,300 years. It also has good transport links to numerous hotels in Essex via the M25 and A12.
See the world's longest pleasure pier at the lively seaside resort of Southend-on-Sea near the Thames Estuary. You could also explore Essex's Sunshine Coast at the Tendring Peninsula and visit the charismatic resorts of Clacton-on-Sea, Frinton-on-Sea, and Walton-on-the-Naze. All across the county, you can find many more fantastic family attractions to explore after you've checked in at your Carlson Hotel.