Why live in Chelmsford?
Located just 30 miles northeast of London, Chelmsford is England's newest city and has become a lively and thriving area. Our community covers 130 square miles and includes the city centre and its suburban areas, as well as open countryside, attractive villages, and the flourishing town of South Woodham Ferrers.
Getting to and from Chelmsford
Chelmsford train station in the City Centre provides a range of services into London as well as direct services to Ipswich, Clacton-on-Sea, Harwich, Braintree and Norwich. Trains from Chelmsford to London Liverpool Street can take as little as 32 minutes and run frequently.
There are a wide range of bus services in Chelmsford, including school buses, a route out to Harlow and a route serving Southend and Stansted airport. There are also two park-and-ride services, one in Sandon and one in Chelmer Valley.
The A12 from London to Colchester is easily accessible and provides a convenient route into the capital and the rest of Essex. There are two other main routes through the city: the A414 runs east to west, while the A130/A131 runs roughly from north to south.
Chelmsford is just a 30 minute drive from London Stansted Airport and London Southend Airport, with quick and easy connections to Europe as well as a few long haul routes.
Things to do in Chelmsford
Food and drink lovers: Chelmsford is a foodie's dream with a wide range of cafes, restaurants, delis and pubs. From established, well-known brands to cute, independent restaurants, you could dine out every meal for weeks and not get bored. There is also a busy calendar of food and drink events locally, including the popular Chelmsford Beer Festival in summer as well as a weekly farmers' market in the city centre every weekend.
Shopping and entertainment: The Bond Street development in 2016 added a new shopping and lifestyle destination to Chelmsford's already thriving High Street. With two cinemas (Odeon & Everyman), countless shops and a number of pubs and bars, the city has a vibrant and lively feel.
Family days out in Chelmsford: Fun activities include Marsh Farm Animal Adventure Park, The Chelmsford Miniature Railway, Tropical Wings World of Wildlife, ice skating and swimming at Riverside Ice & Leisure Centre, bowling and pitch & putt golf. There are also more than 20 parks to walk, cycle, picnic and play in, including the beautiful Hyland's Park.
Fitness fanatics: There are a plethora of sports activities in Chelmsford, including athletics, swimming, ice skating, several gyms, football, and rugby. With the Essex County Cricket Club, Chelmsford Chieftains ice hockey team, Chelmsford City Football Club and Chelmsford City Racecourse all calling Chelmsford home, you'll be spoiled for choice when taking up your next activity.
- Britain’s first ever public audio broadcast was made from Chelmsford on June 15, 1920. The broadcast featured the singing of Australian opera diva, Dame Nellie Melba. It was said to have been received as far away as Newfoundland.
- In fact, Chelmsford is the birthplace of radio after Marconi opened the world’s first wireless factory in the town in 1899.
- Chelmsford was once the capital of England for a few days when the seat of Government was temporarily moved to the town,600 years ago.
- Chelmsford was also the home of West Ham legend Sir Geoff Hurst, the only man to ever score a hat-trick in the football World Cup final.
- The Romans built a small town on the site of Moulsham - it was called Caesaromagus, which means Caesar’s market place, and it was used as a local market town halfway between London and Colchester. However, after the Romans left Britain in 407 the little Roman town disappeared.
- Chelmsford as we know it was created in the Middle Ages. At the time the land on the site of the town centre belonged to the Bishop of London and in 1100 the Bishop, Maurice built a bridge across the River Can. As a result traffic which used to travel through Writtle now diverted through Chelmsford.
- Chelmsford Cathedral is the second smallest in England, runner up to Derby Cathedral.
- Chelmsford was previously called Celmeresfort.
- Henry VIII purchased the Boleyn estate in 1516, and built Beaulieu Palace on the current site of New Hall School. This later became the residence of his then mistress, and later wife Ann Boleyn.
- Jimi Hendrix, The Who, The Sex Pistols, The Clash, Adam and the Ants, Siouxie and the Banshees, Oasis and Radiohead have all played gigs in Chelmsford.