10 Things to Do in Chelmsford That You Shouldn't Miss

March 18, 2018 Nicolette Lion

Chelmsford (/ˈtʃɛlmzfərd/) is the principal settlement of the City of Chelmsford district, and the county town of Essex, in the East of England. It is located in the London commuter belt, approximately 32 miles (51 km) northeast of the notional centre of London at Charing Cross and approximately 22 miles (35 km) from Colchester. The urban area of the city has a population of approximately 120,000, whilst the district has a population of 168,310.
Restaurants in Chelmsford

1. Hylands Park

London Road, Chelmsford CM2 8WQ, England +44 1245 605500
Excellent
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4.5 based on 462 reviews

Hylands Park

Reviewed By Grom65 - Chelmsford, United Kingdom

I have visited the hylands estate many times over the last five years, always enjoy it then enjoy a lovely cup of tea and some food in the stable block area. This time I walked and walked out! Didn’t even bother to sit down, other people were moaning at the food quality and service, apparently there has been a change of contract. Well let’s have whoever used to run it back please. If I could leave less than a one rating I would, I can’t even be bothered to talk about the quality of the hot food on display, alas to say the jacket potatoes looked about a week old.
Come on Council sort this out, change the hylands Park management, change the contractor, and let’s get the catering back where it used to be please.

2. The Smart School of Cookery

Phillows Barns Hammonds Road, Danbury CM3 4BG, England +44 1245 227527
Excellent
81%
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 359 reviews

The Smart School of Cookery

Reviewed By John S - Billericay, United Kingdom

I really enjoyed the cheese making course (with artisan bread). It was pitched just right with the right balance of theory and practical. I also appreciated receiving the recipes by email afterwards. I note a number of negative reviews however i didn’t experience any issues. I do intend to return to this cookery school.

3. The Kings Head

49 Maldon Road | Cm2 7dn, Great Baddow, Chelmsford, England
Excellent
64%
Good
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 11 reviews

The Kings Head

Reviewed By Twentyto

Visited on the off chance with 3 friends.
I ordered the Steak & Chips. It came with cherry tomatoes and mushrooms. The steak was great quality and cooked perfectly. The triple cooked chips were amazing and the tomatoes and mushrooms were also lovely.
Two of my friends ordered Fish & Chips which came with crushed peas and it was really lovely. Amazingly light batter. My other friend had a Hamburger which was again awesome.... As a foodie I made sure I tried some! The waitress told us all food was fresh and made onsite by the chef and it showed.
And to top it off the prices were very reasonable. Definitely going back.....

Guy Harlings New Street, Chelmsford CM1 1TY, England +44 1245 294489
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 200 reviews

Chelmsford Cathedral

Reviewed By Hoppityskip - Basildon, United Kingdom

Came to see the choral Evensong and had a look around this unusual small Cathedral The building is beautiful all the chairs had been removed for an event the next day.

5. Curry Classes

Great Baddow, Chelmsford CM2 7GA, England +44 7500 949162
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5 based on 2 reviews

Curry Classes

Learn Indian cooking I spread the word around about healthy Indian cooking/food thru classes.Home cooking is what its all about.How many of us cook with as much oil as used in one dish in a take away! Lets spread the word around.Indian cooking is not all about the fat or artificial colour. Its about cooking a healthy fresh meal which need not take hours! It is about cooking a healthy meal.

Reviewed By michelle260377 - London, United Kingdom

Sandhya's classes are fantastic and she makes you feel so welcome and you learn how to cook delicious dishes that you will want to cook again at home. Sandhya tells you all about each ingredient and you can ask questions without worrying. You learn how to make the dishes you decided with her but can then see easily how you can adapt them to create alternatives at home too using the ingredients or changing things as you will learn techniques and lots of tips and ideas.

6. RHS Garden Hyde Hall

Hyde Hall Creephedge Lane | Rettendon, Chelmsford CM3 8ET, England +44 1245 400256
Excellent
53%
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36%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 905 reviews

RHS Garden Hyde Hall

With sweeping panoramas, big open skies and far reaching views this Essex garden is an inspiration to visitors of all ages. The garden boasts an eclectic range of inspirational horticultural styles from traditional to modern, providing interest and colour, whatever the weather or time of year. The Garden opens daily from 10am (closed Christmas Day) and includes a restaurant, children's play area, picnic areas and garden library. The Visitor Centre is open daily from 9.30am and includes a cafe, gift & book shop and plant centre. Entry to the Visitor Centre is free of charge. Please note that Sunday trading hours apply in the shop (11am - 5pm).

Reviewed By smallworldnow - London, United Kingdom

We have visited Hyde Hall a couple of times before but not in recent years. I was surprised by the high entrance fee of £11.50 for one adult and if you intend to make subsequent visits either to Hyde Hall or other RHS Gardens consider an annual subscription. The Gardens and grounds have evolved considerably since our last visit and the visitors centre is excellent and the restaurant currently being constructed will be a marvellous addition when complete. A lovely place to spend a couple of hours.

7. Chelmsford Museum

Oaklands Park Moulsham Street | Oaklands Park, Chelmsford CM2 9AQ, England +44 1245 605700
Excellent
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4.5 based on 190 reviews

Chelmsford Museum

Reviewed By imamusicmaker - Yorkshire, United Kingdom

A fab museum that has developed over the years, my last visit being over 15 years ago. What a surprise I had when I visited recently. A modern feel to the museum and some wonderful history and facts regarding Chelmsford's development.Hi iamamusicmaker, Thanks for your review! We're having another transformation in the next 12 months with a renovation of the old house, brand new displays etc. Don't leave it another 15 years to come back!

8. Hylands House

London Road, Chelmsford CM2 8WQ, England +44 1245 605500
Excellent
55%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
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Terrible
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4 based on 245 reviews

Hylands House

Reviewed By david p

Hylands House set in 500 acres of parkland. House has been removed over many years.
Venue for weddings and other functions for hire. includes stables with heavy horses and carriage trips. Gift shop and restaurant on site.
Extensive ground include children's playground and plenty of open space for picnics etc

9. Radical Bikes C.I.C.

Blackmore Road Highwood, Chelmsford CM1 3QR, England +44 1277 824285
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5 based on 38 reviews

Radical Bikes C.I.C.

Radical Bikes is a unique Cycling Venue for BMX, Jump Bikes and Trials, with Dirt Jumps, Ramps, Foam Pit, Resi ramp and Trials Obstacles. Bring your own bike or hire one of ours. All abilities catered for. We also provide led rides through local woods and bridle paths. No need to book. Open at weekends from April to October. Venue available for private hire by negotiation. Come and play!

Reviewed By Jackie W

A wonderful place to experience BMX, Trials or woodland led bike rides. Radical bikes is set in lovely rural countryside, run by friendly staff. It's like one big happy family. All ages catered for and nothing is too much trouble for the staff.
You get a good cup of tea or coffee and some sweets snacks and energy drinks are available to buy. There is also a well stocked parts shop...if they don't have what you want in stock, they will order it for you in record time. As a middle aged novice cyclist I am really enjoying 'off roading ' through the woods on the woodland rides. A great experience all round Thank you!!

10. Essex Police Museum

Kingston Crescent, Chelmsford, Chelmsford CM2 6DA, England +44 1245 457150
Excellent
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4.5 based on 57 reviews

Essex Police Museum

Reviewed By smallfry2015 - Essex, United Kingdom

A nice day out, very informative and great fun trying on all the costumes! Went on the aniversary day so got a look behind the scenes. Staff are all very helpful and loved meeting the police dogs!Very glad you enjoyed your visit. See you again soon I hope.

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