Built in the 15th century, Chelmsford Cathedral underwent vast improvements during the 1800's and 1900's, and the chequered flint on its east end is one of the finest examples of such work, and the stained-glass windows may have recently been added, but they truly are a sight not to be missed. So why not take in a lunchtime recital at the cathedral before taking to the shops in the middle of the town centre. Visitors will find two major shopping malls with High Chelmer offering an abundance of well-known shops.
For a break from shopping with a slice of cafe culture - and cake - head to the High Street or the river. While at the river, consider a potter down the riverside walk-and-cycle route or a stroll through Wrest Park, right next to the River Can.
While Chelmsford has a number of parks and woods that draw office workers and visitors on a wander throughout the year, a canal cruise on a barge along the Chelmer and Blackwater or trout fishing at Hanningfield Reservoir is that little something different. Also a little different is floodlit horse racing at Chelmsford City Racecourse, the newest racecourse in the country and one of only three lit at night.