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
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!
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.
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.
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To find out more about bringing an educational group to Colchester, we recommend you contact the venues you are interested in visiting directly.
Great Places to Visit in and around Colchester
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.
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.
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 Galleries is a professional contemporary art gallery run in conjunction with Colchester School of Art & Design and Media.
Over 50 years ago, John Wilkin began collecting the paraphernalia of preserve making and Essex village life.
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.
Colchester's Roman Wall is the oldest and longest surviving town wall 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.
The town of Brightlingsea - the only Cinque port outside Kent and Sussex, a centre for all things nautical.
Eight miles to the East of Braintree lies Coggeshall a lovely little 'olde worlde' town with a lot to offer.
A picturesque village with narrow winding streets lined with timber-framed buildings and elegant Georgian houses.
2.5 hectares (6 acres) of gravel, water and woodland gardens, a large modern tea room and plant nursery.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.