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Visit Colchester - Official Colchester Tourist Information Site

Visit Colchester

Colchester in Essex is Britain's oldest recorded town, with a rich history dating back over 2000 years.

But it's not just history. Colchester today is a thriving, modern town with great visitor attractions, including the family favourites Colchester Zoo and Colchester Castle, as well as fantastic places to eat, drink and shop.

Poised at the gateway to East Anglia with picturesque villages and only minutes away from the coast, the Colchester area is the perfect destination for a well-deserved short break, day trip or family holiday.


Discover Colchester

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Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester

Visit Colchester Information Centre

Fri 1 Jul - Wed 31 Aug 2016

Find out more about the dramatic events that have taken place in Colchester is on a guided walking tour.

Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days

Colchester Town Centre

Thu 8 - Sun 11 Sep 2016

Join us to experience local history, architecture and culture in Colchester. With many free activities and entry into historic buildings on Heritage Open Days, 8th-11th September 2016

Family Fun Festival

Free Family Fun Festival

Lower Castle Park

Sat 10 Sep 2016

Free Family Fun Festival is back for 2016. Castle Park will come alive with live music, children s entertainment and food and FREE entry

Roman River Festival

Roman River Festival

Colchester Town Centre

Fri 16 Sep - Sun 2 Oct 2016

Three weekends packed with energising folk-inspired music and drama.

Colchester Comedy Festival

Colchester Comedy Festival

Colchester Town Centre

Sat 1 - Sun 16 Oct 2016

It’s official… Colchester Comedy Festival will be back for 16 glorious days of laughter in October.

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Plan your stay

The Cartlodge at Lee Wick Farm

£350-£1500 pupw sleeps 7-11, 01255 823281

Stoke by Nayland

VisitEngland 4 Star Hotel £73-£1833 prpn, 01206 265804


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