About Brentwood

Brentwood, named for a clearing made in the forest by a fire, has a rich history dating back to its use as a stopping point for pilgrims on their way to Canterbury.


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The remains of a 12th-century chapel in the town centre serve as a testament to this.

With a royal charter granted by Henry III to hold markets, Brentwood developed into a centre of commerce.

Today, its bustling High Street and surrounding roads reflect the town’s prosperity.

Independent shops, popular restaurants, and a vibrant club scene make Brentwood an exciting place to visit.

The town also boasts numerous country parks, including Thorndon Park, home to the famous Gruffalo Trail, Old Macdonald’s Farm, and Brentwood Park, which offers alpine sports all year round.

The TV show “The Only Way Is Essex” has brought Brentwood national attention and inspired the TOWIE Trail.

Crown Street and the charming old streets leading off Brentwood High Street are a must-visit for shopping, as well as the high streets of Shenfield and Ingatestone.

Cyclists will enjoy the leafy lanes and charming villages surrounding Brentwood’s rolling countryside.

Ingatestone Hall, a 16th-century estate still home to the Petre family and host to Elizabeth I, offers a glimpse into a different aspect of British history.

Brentwood is well-connected to the M25, A12, and A127 road network and is less than half an hour to London by train, making it an ideal base for exploring Essex and the city.