Visit Surrounding Area
A longer stay in Colchester means that you are ideally based to explore the surrounding area. Absorb their charm as you discover villages and small towns entwined with coast and countryside.
Soak up calming views of the River Colne in the quaint waterfront towns of Wivenhoe and West Mersea. Visit Manningtree, England's smallest town and Maldon famous for its culinary sea salt and Thames Barges. Perhaps combine with a trip to Braintree Shopping Village for a few bargains en-route. Amble along tiny lanes beside patchwork fields that weave across the Essex/Suffolk border to discover perhaps East Bergholt, Kersey, Hadleigh and Lavenham.
If you plan to visit Dedham & Constable Country these links will help you get the most out of your visit and give you a better understanding of the impact your visit may have on the area -
Take a breath of exhilarating sea air at a seaside resort by meandering out of Colchester into the Tendring peninsula. Choose elegant refined Frinton-on-Sea, wonderful for a Sunday stroll along the promenade to Walton-on-the-Naze or action packed Clacton-on-Sea next door with its pier packed full of fun.
To hire cycles for the day, weekend or week Outdoor Hire Centre offer an extensive fleet of bikes for amateurs and enthusiasts alike. Whether you're looking for a top of the range off-road bike or a gentle trail cruiser with child trailer or baby seat, young or old all the family can enjoy the cycling adventure with Outdoor Hire Centre.
For rentals of a day or more, Outdoor Hire Centre deliver your bikes to your hotel, guesthouse, campsite or holiday cottage at the start of your hire and collect them again at the end of the hire period.
Shorter, 'hourly' adventures can be enjoyed at any of their 'pop up hire centres' located at various times in Dedham, Mersea, Colchester and Marks Tey, for details please click here.
So grab a map and perhaps a little advice from the VisitColchester Information Centre team and see where you end up.