Chelmsford is the county town of Essex and it was granted city status in 2012. The elegant Stone Bridge over the River Can was built in 1787. Chelmsford Bus Station is less than ¼ mile from the railway station. Chelmsford PlusBus tickets are valid for travel within the urban area, including to Chelmsford Museum and Essex Police Museum.
Chelmsford Cathedral is relatively small with an unusually light and modern appearance inside.
Much of the building dates from the early 15th century but a section was rebuilt in 1803 after it collapsed during work on the vaults below.
Admission free, donations welcome.
Open Daily 0800-1700.
Chelmsford Museum is in the Italianate style Victorian house in Oaklands Park.
It tells the story of Chelmsford from the Ice Age to the present day, covering the development of Chelmsford from Tudor times
to the present day, including its industrial history. Also natural history and fine art collections. Essex Regiment Museum.
Events programme. Café. Admission free.
Open Daily 1000-1730.
Bus 42/42A/42B from Duke Street (also 100 from Bus Station) to Moulsham Street, shortly before the Miami Roundabout (watch for the roundabout sign), 8 minutes journey. 42/42A/42B M-S every 10 minutes, Sun & BH every 30 minutes. 100 M-S every 15-20 minutes, Sun & BH every 30 minutes. Chelmsford PlusBus tickets are valid for this journey. Operated by First.
The museum tells the story of the police in Essex from the Victorians to the present day. Events programme.
Admission free but charges for some events.
Open Sat (also Wed in school holidays) 1000-1600.
Bus 54/56 from Duke Street to shortly after Chelmsford Prison, 7 minutes journey. M-S about every 10 minutes. Chelmsford PlusBus tickets are valid for this journey. Operated by First.
Gardens of the Royal Horticultural Society with a variety of traditional and modern styles.
Highlights include the Dry Garden with drought resistant plants and the Hilltop Garden with roses and herbaceous borders.
Children's play area. Café and picnic areas.
Open Daily 1000-1800 (closes 1630 Nov-Feb).
Bus 3 from Bus Station to pedestrian entrance, 23 minutes journey, M-S infrequent but suitable for visiting. Chelmsford PlusBus tickets are NOT valid for this journey. For bus times see Traveline. Buses also operate from Battlesbridge and Rayleigh.
Hylands Park is a large estate of historic parkland with ancient woodland, grassland, ponds, lakes and
Victorian Pleasure Gardens. A Park map and walks can be downloaded from the website. Events programme. Café.
The restored Neo-Classical Hylands House is occasionally open to the public. Admission free.
Open Daily 0730-dusk, see website for House opening dates.
Bus 351 from Bus Station to the stop immediately after the Rose Café (opposite the entrance). Note that Hylands Park entrance is obscured by trees and ignore signs directing vehicles as they cannot turn into the entrance from this direction. From the bus stop carefully cross the A414 dual-carriageway using the gap near the bus stop. 14 minutes journey, M-S ½-hourly, Sun & BH 2-hourly. Chelmsford PlusBus tickets are NOT valid for this journey. Operated by First. Buses also operate from Ingatestone.