It stands at the crossing of two Roman roads, and was for centuries owned by the Bishops of London.
Braintree, together with nearby Bocking and Halstead, was where the Courtauld family business began. It is also well known for the production of metal windows.
St. Michael's Church dates back to the 13th century. Nicholas Udall, writer of the first English comedy, "Ralph Roister Doister", was vicar here.
The Town Hall contains a district museum and art gallery.
There is a statue of the famous naturalist John Ray, born close to Barintree at Black Notley.
On the outskirts of Braintree is the Towerlands Equestrian Centre.
Blue Badge Guide Colin Crosby is available to lead Guided Walks around Braintree for groups.