Red Lion's Yard in Colchester and Castle Park

Top Tips for Groups Visiting Colchester

We understand that there's a lot to think about when planning group travel.  That's why we have provided a number of useful suggestions, tools and downloads to make your group visit to Colchester easy to plan.

Need some advice? Then get in touch with our friendly team and we will help.

 

Colchester Visitor Information Centre
Castle Park
CO1 1UG Colchester

Tel: 01206 282920  Email: vic@colchester.gov.uk

Opening Hours: Monday - Saturday, 10am - 5pm

When you're here...

Sir Alfred Munnings Statue, Munnings Art Museum

We've put together some Itinerary Ideas as suggested ways to spend a day in Colchester. Use these as a guide to organising your trip or use as inspiration and plan your own visit.

Itinerary Ideas

Guides dressed up for Themed Tours in Colchester

A fantastic way for your group to explore Colchester is to join a guided tour. Join a scheduled tour of the town centre, or book your own private tour.

Guided Tours

Discover East of England

Make the most of your visit by discovering the best places to visit and things to do in Colchester.

 

Things to do

Visit Constable Country

Constable Country offers your group a delightful visit to the picturesque villages painted by John Constable. See our suggestions for how to make the best of your visit.

Visit Constable Country

Great Places to Visit in and around Colchester

Colchester Zoo

Colchester Zoo

Colchester

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.

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.

Brightlingsea

Brightlingsea

Brightlingsea

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

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.

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.

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.

Wivenhoe

Wivenhoe

Wivenhoe

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

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.

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.

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.

Balkerne Gate

Roman Wall/Guard Room/Triumphal Arch

Colchester

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.