Colchester for Groups

Plan a group trip to Colchester to discover a unique mix of the contemporary and historic, with no shortage of nationally important culture and heritage. It's a great place to visit in the East of England.

If you’re organising a group visit to Colchester, here you'll find all the information you need to plan your trip to the town centre and the surrounding area.

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.

 

Top Tips for Group Travel

Group Accomodation

Group Accommodation

Choose from a great range of accommodation providers that cater for large groups.

Activities for Groups

There is an abundance of attractions, places to visit and venues available for your functions.

Planning Your Trip

Contact the Visitor Information Centre for more help on planning your trip to Colchester.

Great Places to Visit

Visiting Colchester includes a lot more than just the town centre. Staying in Colchester is an ideal base to explore the surrounding countryside, coast and neighbouring areas.

 

When you're here

Itinerary Ideas

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.

Book a Guided Tour

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.

Things to do

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

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.

Coach Drop-Off and Parking

Information

For coaches visiting Colchester,  there is a designated limited waiting bay at the eastern end of the High Street in the heart of the town centre. The bay operates between 9.30am - 4.30pm Monday to Saturday with limited waiting time of 15 minutes, and no return within 2 hours. This bay will be of particular benefit to school parties and other groups visitng Colchester Castle Museum. It is located just past Museum Street and after  Saxons Estate Agents, which is painted yellow. (postcode CO1 1TH) There is  also a pick up and drop off point located on East Hill between St. James the Great Church and Lewis Gardens (which is the entrance to Firstsite Art Gallery) (Postcode: CO1 1UE). 

Layover and long stay coach parking is available at Sheepen Road (Postcode: CO3 3LE).

Coach operators can contact Colchester Borough Council on 01206 282316 or email parking@colchester.gov.uk for further information.

Great Places to Visit in and around Colchester

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.

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.

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.

Wivenhoe

Wivenhoe

Wivenhoe

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

Brightlingsea

Brightlingsea

Brightlingsea

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Balkerne Gate

Roman Wall/Guard Room/Triumphal Arch

Colchester

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

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.

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.

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.

Coggeshall

Coggeshall

Coggeshall

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

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 Hedingham

Castle Hedingham

Castle Hedingham

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