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.