From Constable and Munnings to cutting-edge contemporary galleries, you can find art & culture for all. There's also internationally important historical treasures located in award-winning museums and outside in streets and lanes. View lush landscapes in our Victorian Castle Park and take time out to breathe in sweeping views of nearby coast and countryside.
Discover shopper's heaven in lanes of little specialist shops and big name stores in Colchester Town centre, and stop off for a bite to eat in traditional pubs or high end restaurants, to get a proper taste of Colchester.
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Great Places to Visit in and around Colchester
Colchester's Roman Wall is the oldest and longest surviving town wall in Britain.
The Minories Galleries is a professional contemporary art gallery run in conjunction with Colchester School of Art & Design and Media.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Eight miles to the East of Braintree lies Coggeshall a lovely little 'olde worlde' town with a lot to offer.
The town of Brightlingsea - the only Cinque port outside Kent and Sussex, a centre for all things nautical.
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.
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.
A picturesque village with narrow winding streets lined with timber-framed buildings and elegant Georgian houses.
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.
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.
Over 50 years ago, John Wilkin began collecting the paraphernalia of preserve making and Essex village life.