Short Break in Braintree

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One Night British Inn Stay with Breakfast For 2

  • One night stay - Sunday - Friday
  • Two night stays - 7 days a week (subject to availability)
  • British hotel or Inn
  • Comfortable double or twin room

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About Braintree

Unlike the typical tourist trail marked by checkpoints and hurried visits, Braintree invites you to immerse yourself in its essence, offering a blend of experiences that cater to the curious spirit in search of both tranquillity and adventure.

At the heart of Braintree lies a story of progression, from its origins as a small market town to becoming a hub of textile manufacturing during the medieval period. This historical backdrop sets the stage for a visit, inviting you to delve deeper into the town's past. The Braintree District Museum, though might sound like a conventional choice, is anything but ordinary. Housed in the former Manor Street School building, the museum is not merely a collection of artifacts but a gateway to understanding the town's industrial and social evolution. Its exhibits, which detail the town's involvement in the silk and wool trades, serve not just to educate but to connect visitors with the industrious spirit that shaped Braintree.

Walking through Braintree, the architecture speaks volumes of its history. The town's streets are lined with buildings that tell tales of times gone by, from timber-framed houses that hark back to the medieval era to Victorian buildings that reflect the prosperity of the industrial age. These structures are not just to be viewed but experienced, as many now host independent shops, cafes, and restaurants. This melding of the old with the new adds a vibrant layer to Braintree's appeal, offering a tactile sense of history where the past is lived rather than observed.

Beyond the tangible history, Braintree is a conduit for artistic expression and community spirit. The Braintree Arts Theatre, situated within the Braintree College campus, is a testament to the town's commitment to cultural enrichment. Here, the arts are celebrated in all their forms, from theatre and music to comedy and dance. The theatre's programme is thoughtfully curated, aiming to engage, entertain, and inspire both locals and visitors. It's a place where the arts are accessible, breaking down the barriers that often surround cultural venues, and inviting everyone to partake in the joy of creative expression.

Nature, too, plays a pivotal role in the Braintree experience. The town is enveloped by the Essex countryside, offering an escape to the serenity of nature just a stone's throw from its urban heart. Great Notley Country Park, with its expansive green spaces, walking trails, and the iconic Sky Ropes adventure, offers a blend of relaxation and thrill. It's a reminder of the balance that nature maintains, providing a space for both quiet reflection and active engagement with the natural world.

Braintree’s market tradition, dating back over 800 years, continues to thrive, embodying the town's community spirit. The market, held in the town centre, is a vibrant tableau of local life, offering everything from fresh produce to artisan crafts. It's a place of connection, where the simple act of purchasing goods becomes an exchange of stories and a celebration of local enterprise.

Braintree is a town that doesn’t just offer sites to be seen but experiences to be lived. Its history is not locked away in museums but is a living, breathing aspect of its present. The town’s cultural offerings are not just for show but are a vibrant part of its community life. Its natural spaces are not just scenic backdrops but arenas for adventure and contemplation. Braintree invites you to not just visit, but to connect, engage, and immerse yourself in a town that celebrates its past, lives in the present, and looks forward to the future.

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