Visit Colchester

Colchester in Essex is Britain's oldest recorded town, with a rich history dating back over 2000 years.

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.


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Events Coming up...

Colchester United Crest

Colchester United v Wycombe

Tue 21 Feb 2017

League 2 clash at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.

Bang Bang

Bang Bang

Fri 24 Feb - Sat 11 Mar 2017

John Cleese collaborates with the Mercury Theatre Colchester to bring this rarely performed comedy classic to the stage, directed by veteran of theatre, television and radio, Nicky Henson.

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Guided Walking Tour

Sat 25 Feb 2017

Guided Tour through the Town Centre. Meet at the Visitor Information Centre

Grumbling Fur

Grumbling Fur

Sat 25 Feb 2017

Electronic Pop at Colchester Arts Centre

So you think you know dinosaurs

So You Think You Know Dinosaurs?

Sat 25 Feb 2017

An interactive children’s show using footage from the BBC’s Planet Dinosaur to explore the deadliest predators to ever roam the planet!

Essex Book Festival

Essex Book Festival

Wed 1 - Fri 31 Mar 2017

Essex Book Festival returns with literary events around the town and beyond

Click on a date to see what's happening.

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Plan your stay

Maison Talbooth

AA 3 Red Star Country House Hotel £150-£295 prpnb, 01206 322367

Rye Farm

VisitEngland 4 Star Self-catering £300-£550 pupw sleeps 2-4, 01206 734350


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