For travel to Chelmsford via bus, National Express is the primary service provider, and all bus travel terminates at the city centre's bus station. Direct bus routes with National Express are available from London to Chelmsford and take around 2 hours to complete. For those travelling to Chelmsford from elsewhere in the South and South West of England, there will usually be only 1 stop in London en route. Likewise, travel services to Chelmsford from further cities such as Birmingham and Manchester usually include a single stop. Journeys from cities such as these are likely to take longer; travel from Birmingham to Chelmsford via bus take between 5 and 6 hours, depending on departure time. Bus travel services are the same on weekdays and weekends.
Once you have arrived in Chelmsford you will find a plethora of things to do. For those with young children, the Tropical Wings Zoo is a fun and family friendly place to visit. Home to parrots, butterflies, creepy crawlies and so much more, there is a lot on offer here for younger visitors. Right in the heart of Chelmsford is the Essex Police Museum, which displays a number of bizarre case histories and police equipment. For an interesting education in Essex policing facts, this museum is perhaps an unexpected, yet valuable place to visit. For those who are fond of English heritage, Hylands House has much to offer. The Grade II listed property sits within 574 acres of delightful historic landscaping and has been immaculately restored to all its former glory. Anyone who loves architecture will find Chelmsford Cathedral is an inspiring place to visit. The beautiful gothic construction of the city's largest place of worship includes mesmerising ceilings and ornate archways and windows.