Brentwood’s name is derived from ‘Burnt Wood’, referring to a clearing made in the dense forest covering this part of Essex by a fire. Over time, it became a stopping point for pilgrims travelling to Canterbury and the remains of a 12th Century chapel in the town centre bears testimony to this.

When Henry III granted a royal charter to hold markets, Brentwood developed into a place of commerce and today, its bustling High Street and surrounding roads reflects that this is still a well-to-do town.

Brentwood’s numerous country parks are havens for nature-lovers, walkers and families alike. For some fun with the kids, Thorndon Country Park is home to the famous Gruffalo Trail and Weald Country Park to the Stickman Play Trail. Or for those looking for adventure activities, head to Rope Runners for some high-wire fun in the trees, or try your hand at skiing or go-karting.

For some retail therapy, Brentwood is a must-visit destination, as are the High Streets of Shenfield and Ingatestone. Independent shops and popular restaurants, along with a vibrant club scene make Brentwood an exciting place to visit.

For history lovers, the 16th Century Ingatestone Hall is still home to the Petre family, who hosted Elizabeth I on several occasions, whilst the Secret Nuclear Bunker is an eerily fascinating, subterranean reminder of the Cold War era.

Well-served by the M25, A12 and A127 road network, and just under half an hour to the City of London by train, Brentwood is ideal as a base from which to enjoy Essex and the Capital.


There are loads of great events going on all year round, meaning there's always something great going on.
Brentwood is a town that's steeped in history, with lots of fascinating heritage spots around the borough for you to explore. 
Find whatever you need in Brentwood from a choice of nearly 200 stores including the usual big name retailers and unique independent boutiques.
Brentwood has loads of great things to see and do, whether it's adventure or leisure activities or exploring the great outdoors.
Whether you fancy a quiet dinner with friends, a family feast or a romantic meal for two, there's plenty of great places to eat here.
Brentwood is known for the fantastic ITVBe show The Only Way is Essex, so discover some of the places featured in the show.
Take a family adventure in Brentwood with fun activities like petting farm animals, or the Gruffalo or Stick Man Trails.
Enjoy Brentwood's nightlife at one of many bars and pubs, or put on your dancing shoes and head to a nightclub with friends. 
Whatever the occasion and budget, there's plenty of great places to stay in Brentwood if you're planning a weekend getaway.