Plan a group trip to Colchester to discover a unique mix of the contemporary and historic, with no shortage of nationally important culture and heritage. It's a great place to visit in the East of England.
If you’re organising a group visit to Colchester, here you'll find all the information you need to plan your trip to the town centre and the surrounding area.
We understand that there's a lot to think about when planning group travel. That's why we have provided a number of useful suggestions, tools and downloads to make your group visit to Colchester easy to plan.
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Top Tips for Group Travel
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Activities for Groups
There is an abundance of attractions, places to visit and venues available for your functions.
Planning Your Trip
Contact the Visitor Information Centre for more help on planning your trip to Colchester.
Great Places to Visit
Visiting Colchester includes a lot more than just the town centre. Staying in Colchester is an ideal base to explore the surrounding countryside, coast and neighbouring areas.
When you're here
We've put together some Itinerary Ideas as suggested ways to spend a day in Colchester. Use these as a guide to organising your trip or use as inspiration and plan your own visit.
A fantastic way for your group to explore Colchester is to join a guided tour. Join a scheduled tour of the town centre, or book your own private tour.
Make the most of your visit by discovering the best places to visit and things to do in Colchester.
Constable Country offers your group a delightful visit to the picturesque villages painted by John Constable. See our suggestions for how to make the best of your visit.
Great Places to Visit in and around Colchester
Set on the wooded slopes of the River Colne, Wivenhoe has attractive old inns and a pretty quayside.
A picturesque village with narrow winding streets lined with timber-framed buildings and elegant Georgian houses.
A spectacular new venue for contemporary visual arts, firstsite offers a changing programme of exhibitions by international artists, creative events and activities for the whole family, plus talks, films, workshops and more. Entry is free.
An important part of Colchester's rich history with three centuries of fascinating toys, costume and decorative arts displayed in an attractive Georgian town house from 1718.
Colchester's Roman Wall is the oldest and longest surviving town wall in Britain.
The Bourne Valley Crafters Spring Fair at The National Trust's beautiful and historic Bourne Mill.
The town of Brightlingsea - the only Cinque port outside Kent and Sussex, a centre for all things nautical.
Discover and interesting 'hands-on' perspective on the local natural environment from the Ice Age right up to today. Explore the garden trail and stag beetle exhibition, free entry.
Set by the River Stour, Dedham is in the heart of Constable Country. It was here that Britain's greatest landscape artist went to school.
The first English Augustinian priory church, founded at the end of the eleventh century from the Anglo-Saxon minster community of Colchester. Only the ruined remains of the nave survive today, under the care of English Heritage.
Colchester Zoo is home to over 260 species set in 60 acres of parkland and lakes and are proudly listed as in the top 2 zoos in the UK as part of the TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Attractions.
Colchester's Castle Park provides a perfect setting for a huge range of events including shows, festivals and concerts.
Eight miles to the East of Braintree lies Coggeshall a lovely little 'olde worlde' town with a lot to offer.
Over 50 years ago, John Wilkin began collecting the paraphernalia of preserve making and Essex village life.
The Colchester Roman circus (chariot-racing arena) was discovered in 2005. It was built in the early 2nd century AD and seems to have been in use for about 150 years. It is the only known Roman circus in Britain.
The Minories Galleries is a professional contemporary art gallery run in conjunction with Colchester School of Art & Design and Media.
Britain's most easterly inhabited island, home to the settlements of East and West Mersea. It is accessed by 'The Strood' - a causeway which at high tide floods, making the island separate from the mainland.
2.5 hectares (6 acres) of gravel, water and woodland gardens, a large modern tea room and plant nursery.