Colchester & the Beth Chatto Gardens
Discover Colchester Town Centre's unmissable attractions, then head out to the beautiful Beth Chatto Gardens for a calm afternoon in the green on this one-day suggested itinerary.
Visit Colchester Castle Museum
This award-winning museum, contained within the largest Norman keep ever constructed, takes the visitor through 2000 years of Colchester's history. See some of the most important Roman and Celtic finds in Britain. Discover why Boudicea burnt the town to the ground, why Colchester was under siege during the English Civil War and what life was like in the Castle prisons. Younger visitors can try on togas or armour and touch real Roman pottery. A guided tour will enable your group to enter areas otherwise closed to visitors, such as the vaults of the Roman temple and the Castle roof, from which you can enjoy extensive views of the town.
Stroll around Castle Park
Spend a few minutes before lunch enjoying the beauty of this award-winning ‘Green Flag' Victorian park. The spring and summer bedding displays are particularly magnificent, but the park has something to offer all year round. Traditional features include the bandstand, boating lake, café and cricket ground, and a sensory garden bringing the sights, scents and textures of a variety of flora closer to you.
Take a short drive or the No. 76 bus to the nearby village of Elmstead Market, home to the internationally renowned Beth Chatto Gardens. Established in 1960, the 6 acres under cultivation include a gravel garden filled with drought loving plants and water and woodland gardens.
Enjoy afternoon refreshment in the tearoom before the coach departs.