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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...

William Gilberd

Wunderkammer Curiosities from Colchester

Fri 10 Mar - Sun 4 Jun 2017

Art Exhibition at Firstsite Gallery


Space + Warm Winters + Surge

Thu 30 Mar 2017

Britpop heroes plus local support at Colchester Arts Centre

Town & Country Show

Colchester Town and Country Show

Sat 1 - Sun 2 Apr 2017

Family Fair with entertainment and displays in Lower Castle Park

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Guided Walking Tour

Sat 1 Apr 2017

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

The Tiger Who Came To Tea

The Tiger Who Came To Tea

Wed 5 - Fri 7 Apr 2017

A musical play adapted and directed by David Wood based on the book by Judith Kerr. On stage at the Mercury Theatre

Colchester United Crest

Colchester United v Stevenage

Sat 8 Apr 2017

League 2 clash at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.

Summer Screen

Summer Screen

Mon 3 - Sun 16 Jul 2017

A Big Screen in Castle Park, showing Wimbledon and great Feature Films.

Click on a date to see what's happening.

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Plan your stay

The Victory at Mersea

VisitEngland 4 Star Inn £45-£120 prpnb, 01206 382907

Colchester Holiday Park Ltd

VisitEngland 4 Star Holiday Park (CP) £15-£22 ptpn, 01206 545551


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