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Get a bird’s eye view of Essex history

Essex is a southern county not far from the north-east of London. It shares borders with the picturesque counties of Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Kent and Hertfordshire, and is home to some of the most impressive historical sites in the country. This makes it one of the best places to take a hot air balloon flight in the UK.

Historical sites

If you are a keen history buff, there is no doubt that you will be delighted by the many sites of interest located within the borders of Essex. Your delight will only be multiplied when you view these sites from the unique vantage point of a hot air balloon, which will enable you to see them in a way you have never seen them before.

Colchester’s Roman remains

As you will know, the UK has a rich Roman history, and much of that is still evident in the Roman remains at Colchester. This includes 1.5 miles of Roman built wall and the remains of the Temple of Claudius – a site that looks amazing from above.

Audley End House and Gardens

If historical architecture is more your thing, then you will need to cross your fingers and hope that your hot air balloon flight takes you over this glorious historical house, which was built in the Jacobean era, and is one of the most impressive stately homes in the country. It’s also a great place to explore on foot after your ride, thanks to the impressive gardens and collection of authentic Victorian Toys.


If your interest lies in the industrial past of Essex, then you will be blown away by a hot air balloon ride over Coggeshall, which was central to the cloth industry. It has some impressive reminders of the wealth that the industrial age brought to Essex, most notably the timber framed Woolpack Inn.

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