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Introduction

Chelmsford is a major town in Essex and it is also the county town of Essex. It has been well established as a trading town and has been the county town of Essex since 1215.

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Neighbourhoods

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Weather

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Sights and Activities

  • The High Street is well known for its shopping facilities and many people from towns around Chelmsford will come in to use these facilities.
  • Chelmsford Cathedral is a splendid building where you can hear fantastic organ services as well as looking through a selection of old military memorials from across the Essex region.

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Events and Festivals

The V festival is held in Highlands park every summer and has top artists from across the Uk performing. The V festival has been held since 1996 every summer in Chelmsford and is a highlight not only in Essex but in the UK festival scene. Top acts from across the globe as well as lesser known home grown acts perform here. Groups such as the Prodigy, Chemical brothers and Kings of Leon have performed in the festival in recent years.

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Getting There

By Train

Chelmsford has major train links to London and also connects with Colchester and Harwich international harbour. Trains are frequent and well maintained, although prices can be high for seemingly short distances.

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Getting Around

By Bike

Bike lanes exist within the town center and plans to expand this network are often being discussed. There are plenty of bike parking spots around the city but just make sure to bring a good lock with you to avoid theft.

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Eat

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Drink

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Work

A job center is situated right in the city center and is a great way to help you find jobs across the Essex region. There is also plenty of retail positions and bar work around the festive season.

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Learn

Anglia Ruskin University is well known in Chelmsford as well as Chelmsford college. Many people from across the UK and across Essex choose to study in the town as it has good reputation for the standard of education and a good nightlife for the student population that lives there.

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet caf├ęs can be found in many cities and towns. All UK public libraries provide access, often branded as "People's Network", usually at no or little charge, though there is usually a time limit. Some hotels/hostels also offer internet access, including wifi, but most times at a cost. Using the internet on your personal phone can become expensive very quickly, with carriers charging 100's of times the local rate for data. To avoid these expensive roaming charges, you can hunt for wifi at a local cafe or hotel, or rent a mobile hotspot via several providers including DATAPiXY, and XCOM Global.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

The country calling code to the United Kingdom is: 44. To make an international call from the United Kingdom, the code is: 00

In case of emergency, call 999 or 112 from any phone. Such calls are free and will be answered by an emergency services operator who will ask you for your location, and the service(s) you need (police, fire, ambulance, coastguard or mountain rescue). You can call this number from any mobile telephone as well, even if you do not have roaming.

Although the number is declining, you can still find payphones in many public areas, especially stations, airports etc. You can usually pay with cash and sometimes by creditcard or, for international calls, special phonecards are still available.

Mobile phones are heavily used. The main networks are T-Mobile, Vodafone, Orange and O2. 3G data services are available, usually priced per megabyte and coverage is usually very good in the UK, however it may lack in rural areas. Roaming on your personal phone plan can be expensive. To manage costs, consider purchasing a local UK SIM card for your phone. Several companies offer local SIM cards including Telestial, and CellularAbroad.

Post

The Royal Mail provides postal services in the United Kingdom. The Royal Mail's store fronts are called Post Office and offer services ranging from sending letters and packages to foreign currency exchange. Use the branch locator to find the nearest Post Office branch. There will be at least one post office in any town/city and there are quite often post offices in larger villages. It's common for a post office to be incorporated into a grocery store, where there will be a small counter located at the back of the store for dealing with post related matters. All post offices are marked with signs that say 'post office' in red lettering. Post boxes can be found at any post office and standalone large red post boxes on the streets or red boxes in the sides of public buildings.
For sending packages overseas, it might be a good idea to check prices and services with international companies like TNT, UPS or DHL.

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