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Braintree is an historic market town surrounded by pretty villages but at the same time offers exceptional transport links.

Braintree is an historic market town surrounded by pretty villages but at the same time offers exceptional transport links. The recently upgraded A120 trunk road takes you to Stansted Airport and the M11 just over 15 miles away whilst in the other direction the A12 is close by.

The town centre features many independent retailers alongside 'high street' names such as Boots, Burtons, WH Smith, Superdrug, Argos and Tesco as well as a twice weekly market. There's also a plentiful supply of restaurants and bars to take the weight off your feet after all that shopping!

Just on the outskirts of town is the Freeport Designer Outlet Village where visitors come from surrounding areas to experience designer shopping at a fraction of the price. There you will also find leading restaurant chains, a multiplex cinema and bowling alley.

The gentle rolling countryside around Braintree offers excellent relaxation opportunities and Great Notley Country Park and Discovery Centre is set within 100 acres of beautiful countryside.

Amongst the picuresque villages around Braintree is Finchingfield, described as "the most photographed village in England". Nearby Felsted is home to the notable Felsted School which dates back to the 16th century and stands in beautiful grounds in the village.

Primary & junior schools in Braintree

St Francis Catholic Primary School (State)
(Ages 5-11) Gilchrist Way, Braintree, CM7 2SY 01376 320440
St Michael's Church of England Primary School (State)
(Ages 4-11) Maple Avenue, Braintree, CM7 2NS 01376 344866
John Bunyan Infant School & Nursery (State)
(Ages 3-8) Lancaster Way, Braintree, CM7 5UL 01376 321814
John Bunyan Junior School (State)
(Ages 7-11) Lancaster Way, Braintree, CM7 5UL 01376 320272
Great Bradfords Junior School (State)
(Ages 7-11) Marlborough Road, Braintree, CM7 9LW 01376 326739
Great Bradfords Infant School & Nursery (State)
(Ages 3-8) Marlborough Road, Braintree, CM7 9LW 01376 326891

Secondary schools in Braintree

Alec Hunter Humanities College (State)
(Ages 11-16) Stubbs Lane, Braintree, CM7 3NR 01376 321813
Notley High School (State)
Notley High School (Ages 11-19) Notley Road, Braintree, CM7 1WY 01376 556300
Tabors Science College
Tabors Science College (Ages 11-16) Panfield Lane, Braintree, CM7 5XP 01376 323701
The Edith Borthwick School
(Ages 3-19) Fennes Road, Church Street, Braintree, CM7 5LA 01376 529300

Dentists in Braintree

Noel House Dental Practice
Noels House, 24 Rayne Road, Braintree, CM7 2QH 01376 322522
Alba Dental Care
70 Coggeshall Road, Braintree, CM7 9BY 01376 334999
Horn Mews Dental Practice
68a High Street, Braintree, CM7 1JP 01376 552337
Braintree Dental Centre
9c Coggeshall Road, Braintree, CM7 9DB 01376 321061
St Michaels House
St Michaels Lane, Braintree, CM7 1EY 01376 341259
Oakmor Dental Centre
8 Fairfield Road, Braintree, CM7 3HF 01376 340001

Doctors surgeries in Braintree

Blandford Medical Centre
Mace Avenue, Braintree, CM7 2AE 01376 347100
Mount Chambers Surgery
92 Coggeshall Road, Braintree, CM7 9BY 01376 553415
St Lawrence Medical Practice
4 Bocking End, Braintree, CM7 9AA 01376 552474
Blyths Meadow Surgery
Trinovantian Way, Braintree, CM7 3JN 01376 552508
Great Notley Surgery
Notley Green, Great Notley, Braintree, CM77 7GS 01376 341411

Supermarkets in or near Braintree

86 Panfield Lane, Braintree, CM7 2TL 01376 348651
Rayne Road, Braintree, CM7 2QP 01376 330808
Iceland Foods
23-25 Bank Street, Braintree, CM7 1UG 01376 345603
Tesco Stores
Market Place, Braintree, CM7 3HH 08456 779075
1 Tofts Walk, Braintree, CM7 1XH 01376 551308
Challis Lane, Braintree, CM7 1AN 01376 321615

Entertainment in Braintree

Charter Way, Braintree, CM77 8YH 0871 200 2000
Namco Funscape
Charter Way, Braintree, CM77 8YH 01376 569069
Kozmic Karts
14-16 Century Drive, Braintree, CM77 8YL 01376 348867

Gyms, health & fitness clubs in Braintree

10 New Street, Braintree, CM7 1ES 01376 567895
Xpect Health & Fitness
Springwood Drive, Braintree, CM7 2YN 01376 334473
Complete Health & Fitness
70-80 East Street, Braintree, CM7 3JW 01376 323253

Rail - Braintree to London by train

Nearest Train Station

Braintree [BTR]


London Terminal

London Liverpool Street [LST]


Journey Time

1 hr 6 minutes


Running intervals - around 7.30am

46 minutes until 9.00am then every 1 hour


Annual season ticket price to London Terminals

taken during August 2018 for standard class adult season ticket

£4,500 (£5,516.00 if travelling into zones 1-6)

Calling at:

Braintree Freeport [BTP]

Cressing (Essex) [CES]

White Notley [WNY]

Witham [WTM]

Hatfield Peveral [HAP]

Chelmsford [CHM]

Stratford (London) [SRA]

London Liverpool Street [LST]


Train times taken from:

National Rail Enquiries - trains from Braintree - weekdays at 7.30am


For current prices use:

National Rail Season Ticket Calculator

Road - driving distances from Braintree to:

Major Roads

A120 1 mile

A12 (junction 22) 7.5 miles

M11 (junction 6) 16.5 miles via the A120

M25 (junction 27) 31 miles via the M11


A130 6.5 miles via the A131

A414 12.5 miles via the A131 & B1008

A13 25 miles via the A12 & A130

A127 24 miles via the A12 or A130


Other Towns & Cities

Central London 50 miles via the A120 & M11

Basildon 5.5 miles via the A176

Braintree 22 miles via the B1007, A12, A130 & A131

Brentwood 6 miles via the A129 & A1023

Chelmsford 8.5 miles via the B1007




Colchester 17 miles via the A120

Ipswich 33 miles via the A120 & A12

Southend 32 miles via the A12, A130 & A127

Sudbury 15 miles via the A131

Witham 7.5 miles via the B1018



Stansted Airport 15 miles via the A120

London City Airport 47 miles via the A120, M11 & A13

Gatwick Airport 75 miles via the A12, M25 & M23



Heathrow Airport 78 miles via the A120, M11, M25 & M4

Southend Airport 31 miles via the A12, A130 & A127

Luton Airport 60 miles via the A120, M11 ,M25 & M1

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