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London Olympics 2012 and Chelmsford Essex

February 17, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 121

With the London Olympics spread right across the South of England later this year, Essex makes the ideal base for your stay for a number of reasons, and these include:

Avoid the overpriced London Squeeze!

London is a fantastic capital city with literally hundreds of must see attractions and facilities - any visit to Britain would not be complete without it!

The down side to London will be the cost of hotel and bed and breakfast accommodation, it will be high! Demand during the Olympics is going to be high and so looking for cheaper alternatives makes great economic sense and will allow you to spend your hard earned holiday/vacation money on all those attractions!

Essex, just a few miles away from the City is a great option. The area is well connected by public transport and highway infrastructure and it is only 20 minutes from the heart of the Olympic Park in London's eastend. Essex boasts some of the regions best and most unspoilt countryside with olde tales of highwaymen and smugglers if you choose to locate nearer the coast.

What Essex has to Offer

The County of Essex is home to wealth of historic and interesting towns and villages. With Stansted Airport located to the north of the County, it has never been easier for you to experience some of the country's history and culture by staying in Essex and then travelling into London to view some of the Olympic events. Famous Essex towns include Saffron Walden, Stansted, Thaxted [with it fabulous period Church], the market town of Chelmsford, and the Roman town of Colchester, to name but a few! There is even the village of Clavering, the home village of Jamie Oliver to experience too! Castles, forts, museums, shops, seaside resorts, airports, fantastic transport system, Essex has it all and is certainly a location that would benefit many Olympic visitors in 2012.

Accommodation in Essex

Essex is a diverse County with accommodation to cater for all tastes and budgets. If you need to be really close to the Olympuic action then a hotel or B&B is places like Epping or South Essex areas near to Southend will enable you to still be on the London tube lines - a quick and easy way to get around London during the Games. For those who will have access to a car, then the rest of the County really will offer you more choice and you will get more accommodation for your money - areas around Chelmsford and Saffron Walden will be of particular interets for those seeking a more historical stay in thie region. You don't have to always drive either, stays in towns like Chelmsford means that you can always relay on Chelmsford taxis to get you in and around the area during your stay.

Camping and Caravan Sites

With its rural heritage, it is easy to find quality camp sites right across the County, once again catering for a range of tastes and budgets. Check out the various camping websites or the UK's Caravan Club for really useful information on how to find the best sites.

Olympic Facilities and Events in Essex

In addition to the many "headline" events to be hosted in the amazing Olympic [park located in Strateford in east London, Essex will also be home to a range of exciting Olympic events including the Olympic mountain biking at Hadleigh Farm, located between Basildon and Southend on Sea. In neighbouring Hertfordshire, there will also be the canoe slalom events which are to be hosted at the Lea Valley White water Centre near Cheshunt, a short drive or taxi ride fro your base in Essex.

Rail Travel

During the Games, more than 80 percent of visitors to the Olympic Park are expected to travel to the Games by rail, either to Stratford Regional station or to Stratford International station, very close to the Olympic Park.

Access to the Park from any number of Essex towns by rail will be very easy and the airport links by rail are made easy should be travelling to Stansted Airport [with direct access to Liverpool Street and Startford International] in under 40mins or Southend Airport.

Air Travel

Essex offers a choice of two airports for visitors to the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Stansted Airport is Britain's fourth busiest airport, with flights to and from more than 160 destinations worldwide.The airport benefits from superb transport links from rail, bus and also an excellent Stansted taxi service.

Southend Airport offers a range of charter air services and air taxis. It also offers helicopter services to and from London Heliport and Canary Wharf and is also host to easy Jet who will be servicing flights into ther airport this year from various destinations across Europe.

Gatwick Airport is London's 2nd airport and is once again well servied by public transport that means easy access to the Olympics and Essex. For ease of use and speed why not opt for the added convenience of a Gatwick taxi?

James Watson is a regular contributor to Essex travel guides which provides great deals on Chelmsford taxis information and detailed information on general airport facilities and services including Gatwick taxi transfers.

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