But it's not just history. Colchester today is a thriving, modern town with great visitor attractions, including the family favourites Colchester Zoo and Colchester Castle, as well as fantastic places to eat, drink and shop.
Poised at the gateway to East Anglia with picturesque villages and only minutes away from the coast, the Colchester area is the perfect destination for a well-deserved short break, day trip or family holiday.
Follow Emperor Claudius on his visit to modern day Colchester
Fri 1 Jul - Wed 31 Aug 2016
Find out more about the dramatic events that have taken place in Colchester is on a guided walking tour.
Fri 29 - Sat 30 Jul 2016
A two-day music and fun party for everyone in our beautiful Castle Park.
Sat 6 Aug 2016
Follow in the footsteps of Emperor Claudius and Queen Boudica on this historic guided walking tour.
Thu 8 - Sun 11 Sep 2016
Join us to experience local history, architecture and culture in Colchester.
Fri 16 Sep - Sun 2 Oct 2016
Three weekends packed with energising folk-inspired music and drama.