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Chelmsford has been a successful and vibrant market town for well over 800 years. Today the wide range of shops and the market located within the town are vast and create a wonderful environment to spend the day looking, buying or simply browsing!
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Shopping In Chelmsford

Chelmsford has a great and varied number of shops along with a very pleasant pedestrianised High Street within the town. The town also has two dedicated shopping centres in High Chelmer and The Meadows Shopping Centres. Even without these great places Chelmsford high street is also bursting with all the famous and well known shops , such as Next, Debenhams, WH Smith, Boots and Marks & Spencer, along with many smaller less known but charming shops none the less.

Some of the more niche and smaller chains or independents include Tickety Boo and Naked Flame Candles.


Chelmsford also has a very active market running for many days of the week for some extra choice and bargains.


When your feet can take no more then pop into a coffee shop or cafe to recharge your batteries. Check out what shops are available in our directory, choose from:- Bridal Shops, Charity Shops, Chemists, Coffee Shops, Computer Shops, Confectionery Shops, Cook Shops, Cosmetics & Toiletries, Cycle Shops and Repairs, Dancewear, Discount Shopping,
Electrical Shops, Fair Trade Shops, General Food Shops, Greengrocers,
Greeting Card Shops, Grocers & Convenience Stores, Hat Shops, Ladies Clothes Shops, Lingerie, Mens Clothes Shops, New Age Shops, Outdoor Clothes Shops, School Clothes Shops, Shoe Shops, Specialist Clothes Shops, Sports Goods Shops, Supermarkets

Shopping centres

High Chelmer Shopping Centre, Chelmsford - website link
Adjacent to the Chelmsford high street, High Chelmer Shopping Centre is the larger of the two shopping centres with over 80 shops and 1,000 car parking spaces.


Meadows Shopping Centre, Chelmsford - website link
Also adjacent to the Chelmsford high street, The Meadows Shopping Centre offers more then shopping with car valeting, restaurants, shop mobility, and a multi-storey car park with has 480 spaces over 5 levels. The Meadows is also home to the only cinema in Chelmsford, the Odeon. Shops include BHS, Boots, Burton, Dorothy Perkins, Superdrug, The Works, Thomson Travel, Tie Rack, Wilkinson, Fat Face, Warehouse, Past Times

Chelmsford Market
Chelmsford Market
A Chelmsford Market has been held in Chelmsford for over 800 years after the town was granted permission by King John. Located under the multi-storey car park behind the High Chelmer Shopping Centre, and adjacent to a bus terminus, there are currently over 100 stalls, all of which are undercover.
There are general stalls on most days, except Sunday & Monday when Chelmsford Market is closed. On Thursday's it features antiques, collectables & second hand goods. Chelmsford Market opening times are 8.00am to 4.00pm, except Saturdays when it closes at 5.00pm.
Transportation and parking

Access to Chelmsford shops via road or public transport is easy with the town sitting right next to the major A12 road. There are plenty of car parks close to town and the main shopping area. The indoor market has one right above it. Chelmsford also benefits from having a major railway station.

Chelmsford Parking & Car Parks
With around twenty car parks, Chelmsford has a wide choice for the shopper arriving by car. The best car parks in Chelmsford for access to the shops are the two located at either The Meadows Shopping Centre or High Chelmer Shopping Centre. Alternate options are Debenhams car park, or the one located in Bond Street, both of which are adjacent to each other. Be warned that all of Chelmsford car parks can become extremely busy during peak times and opening times can vary with the season!

Bagging a bargain and discounts
There are always money saving offers and discounts available from Chelmsford shops. You can also find coupons and special offers listed in the face of Chelmsford magazine.
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