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Visit Colchester - Official Colchester Tourist Information Site

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...

Bang Bang

Bang Bang

Fri 24 Feb - Sat 11 Mar 2017

John Cleese collaborates with the Mercury Theatre to bring this rarely performed comedy classic to the stage.

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

Psychedelic Electronic Pop at Colchester Arts Centre, with local support acts

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. On stage at Charter Hall

Chappel Winter Beer Festival

Chappel Winter Beer Festival

Fri 3 - Sat 4 Mar 2017

Celebrated Beer Festival at the East Anglian Railway Museum.

Essex Book Festival

Essex Book Festival: Colchester Place Weekend

Fri 3 - Sun 5 Mar 2017

Essex Book Festival returns with a weekend of literary events around the town.

Colchester United Crest

Colchester United v Portsmouth

Sat 11 Mar 2017

League 2 clash at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.

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Plan your stay

Birds Farm

VisitEngland 3 Star Self-catering £270-£595 pupw sleeps 2-6, 01206 823838

Maison Talbooth

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


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