Essex is a historically significant county, it can trace its origins back to Celtic times but the Roman invasion of AD43 is where the antiquarian interest lies. Mighty medieval churches and Norman castles dot the Essex landscape along with the many windmills that still grace the countryside. The Royal Gun Powder Mills are a very different kind of mill but none the less atmospheric. Railway and maritime heritage has been lovingly restored and you can discover examples of all of these in our simple to follow itineraries. Wander off the beaten track and you will find peaceful gardens, Tudor towers and historic homes.