Educational groups in Colchester

Colchester for Educational Groups

Colchester has much to offer groups visiting as part of structured study programs or interest groups, with a rich and fascinating history, heritage and culture to discover.

Book tours and talks in local museums and attractions, and arrange a private walking tour of Colchester with a qualified town guide able to cater to your specific needs.

Visiting Colchester as a Teacher

Colchester and the surrounding area offer unparalleled opportunities for teachers to take the learning experience out of the classroom and stimulate and enhance their students understanding across the curriculum.

From unique built and natural environments to great arts and sporting facilities Colchester has it all, and much of it can be accessed for free.

The 21st Century town has evolved through all the major historical time periods, with influences from the Roman invasion, through Medieval, Tudor, Stuart, and Georgian times to the great changes of the Victorian era, all visible on street and interpreted through the fantastic educational programmes offered by the Colchester and Ipswich Museum Service.

Guided tours for schools are bookable through the Visitor Information Centre, students can learn about local democracy on a tour of the Town Hall, get hands on with art at Firstsite or engage with the natural world at High Woods Country Park.

 

Teachers' Packs: Themed Trails

Heritage

Rich in heritage, Colchester offers the teacher a unique opportunity to inspire and enthral students at every level of learning. Plan a trip with Colchester Museums, or a historic walking tour with a Roman!

The Arts

Get creative on a trip discovering Colchester’s galleries and arts heritage, which stretches back to the 1st Century AD. The Romans viewed the town as so important that they built two temples and two theatres, religion and art being closely inter-related.

The Natural Environment

Colchester offers the most wonderful opportunities for students of all ages to experience the diversity of habitats within the historic Colchester Castle Park, as well as the surrounding country parks and nature reserves.

Find out more


To find out more about bringing an educational group to Colchester, we recommend you contact the venues you are interested in visiting directly.


If you would like more general information or advice about planning your trip, get in touch with the team at the Colchester Visitor Information Centre for more help.

Great Places to Visit in and around Colchester

Mersea Island

Mersea Island

Mersea Island

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.

St Botolph's Priory

St Botolph's Priory, Colchester

Colchester

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.

Hollytrees Museum

Hollytrees Museum

Colchester

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.

The Minories

The Minories Galleries

Colchester

The Minories Galleries is a professional contemporary art gallery run in conjunction with Colchester School of Art & Design and Media.

Wilkin and Sons

Wilkin and Sons Ltd

Colchester

Over 50 years ago, John Wilkin began collecting the paraphernalia of preserve making and Essex village life.

Castle Park and Gardens

Castle Park

Colchester

Colchester's Castle Park provides a perfect setting for a huge range of events including shows, festivals and concerts.

firstsite, photo: Richard Bryant, arcaidimages.com

Firstsite

Colchester

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.

Balkerne Gate

Roman Wall/Guard Room/Triumphal Arch

Colchester

Colchester's Roman Wall is the oldest and longest surviving town wall in Britain.

Dedham

Dedham

Dedham

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.

Brightlingsea

Brightlingsea

Brightlingsea

The town of Brightlingsea - the only Cinque port outside Kent and Sussex, a centre for all things nautical.

Coggeshall

Coggeshall

Coggeshall

Eight miles to the East of Braintree lies Coggeshall a lovely little 'olde worlde' town with a lot to offer.

Castle Hedingham

Castle Hedingham

Castle Hedingham

A picturesque village with narrow winding streets lined with timber-framed buildings and elegant Georgian houses.

Beth Chatto Gardens

Beth Chatto Gardens

Colchester

2.5 hectares (6 acres) of gravel, water and woodland gardens, a large modern tea room and plant nursery.

Colchester Zoo

Colchester Zoo

Colchester

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.

Roman Circus Peter Froste CAT

Colchester Roman circus centre

Colchester

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.

Manningtree

Manningtree

Manningtree

Welcome to Manningtree, a gateway to Constable country and more... As England's smallest town - at just over 19 hectares - Manningtree is small but packs in a great deal for residents and visitors alike.

Natural History Museum

Natural History Museum

Colchester

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.

Bourne Mill

Bourne Mill

Colchester

National Trust property, the mill was originally built as a fishing lodge in 1591 and features stepped "Dutch" gables. There is a millpond and some of the machinery, including the waterwheel which is still intact and working.

Wivenhoe

Wivenhoe

Wivenhoe

Set on the wooded slopes of the River Colne, Wivenhoe has attractive old inns and a pretty quayside.