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 take a walking tour of Colchester with a town guide able to cater to your specific needs.
School teachers may find the Teachers' Pack useful.
Great Places to Visit in and around 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.
Set on the wooded slopes of the River Colne, Wivenhoe has attractive old inns and a pretty quayside.
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.
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.
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.
Over 50 years ago, John Wilkin began collecting the paraphernalia of preserve making and Essex village life.
Colchester's Roman Wall is the oldest and longest surviving town wall in Britain.
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.
A picturesque village with narrow winding streets lined with timber-framed buildings and elegant Georgian houses.
The Minories Galleries is a professional contemporary art gallery run in conjunction with Colchester School of Art & Design and Media.
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.
Colchester's Castle Park provides a perfect setting for a huge range of events including shows, festivals and concerts.
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.
The town of Brightlingsea - the only Cinque port outside Kent and Sussex, a centre for all things nautical.
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.
Colchester Zoo is constantly developing and has won many awards for its work. With over 260 species to see, set in 60 acres of beautiful parkland and lakes, Colchester Zoo is well worth a visit.
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.
2.5 hectares (6 acres) of gravel, water and woodland gardens, a large modern tea room and plant nursery.