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.

 

Discover Colchester

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Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester

Visit Colchester Information Centre

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.

Party in the Park

Party in the Park

Castle Park

Fri 29 - Sat 30 Jul 2016

A two-day music and fun party for everyone in our beautiful Castle Park.

Roman Colchester depiction by Peter Froste

Roman Colchester

Visit Colchester Information Centre

Sat 6 Aug 2016

Follow in the footsteps of Emperor Claudius and Queen Boudica on this historic guided walking tour.

Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days

Colchester Town Centre

Thu 8 - Sun 11 Sep 2016

Join us to experience local history, architecture and culture in Colchester.

Roman River Festival

Roman River Festival

Colchester Town Centre

Fri 16 Sep - Sun 2 Oct 2016

Three weekends packed with energising folk-inspired music and drama.

Colchester Comedy Festival

Colchester Comedy Festival

Colchester Town Centre

Sat 1 - Sun 16 Oct 2016

It’s official… Colchester Comedy Festival will be back for 16 glorious days of laughter in October.

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Plan your stay

Milsoms

AA 3 Star Small Hotel £98-£135 prpn, 01206 322367

 
 
Stoke by Nayland

VisitEngland 4 Star Hotel £73-£1833 prpn, 01206 262836

 

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