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Colchester Castle Museum
VistEngland VAQAS

Castle Park, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1TJ, Tel: 01206 282939, Email, www.cimuseums.org.uk

Colchester Castle is the largest Norman Keep in Europe. Constructed on the foundations of the Temple of Claudius. The Castle Museum today reveals many fascinating layers of history to visitors.

 
 
firstsite
VistEngland VAQASSelf-assessed Accessibility Information

Lewis Gardens, High Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1JH, Tel: 01206 577067, Email, www.firstsite.uk.net

Firstsite is Colchester's contemporary visual arts organisation.

 
 
Mercury Theatre
Essex Tourism AwardsSelf-assessed Accessibility Information

Balkerne Gate, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1PT, Tel: 01206 573948, Email, www.mercurytheatre.co.uk

A highly respected regional theatre, home to the critically acclaimed Mercury Theatre Company, staging a broad mix of classic plays and new writing as well as working extensively within the local community.

 
 
Natural History Museum
VistEngland VAQAS

High Street, Colchester, CO1 1DN, Tel: 01206 282941, www.cimuseums.org.uk

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.

 
 
Headgate Theatre

Chapel Street North, Colchester, CO2 7AT, Tel: 01206 366000, Email, www.headgatetheatre.co.uk

The Headgate is a very adaptable multi-purpose building with a variety of attractive spaces. It has excellent facilities and total access for the disabled.

 
 
Hollytrees Museum
VistEngland VAQAS

Castle Park, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1UG, Tel: 01206 282940, www.cimuseums.org.uk

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.

 
 
Layer Marney Tower
Essex Tourism AwardsHistoric Houses Association Friends Scheme

Layer Marney, Colchester, Essex, CO5 9US, Tel: 01206 330784, Email, www.layermarneytower.co.uk

Magnificent Tudor building with the tallest Gatehouse in Britain and 16th century Italianate terracotta. Climb the tower, visit the gardens, outbuildings dolls house, church and farm animals. Cafe and shop.

 
 
Dutch Quarter

High Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1PJ, Tel: 01206 282920, Email

Located just north of the High Street and includes: Maidenburgh Street, West Stockwell Street, East Stockwell Street, Stockwell Street, St Helen's Lane, Northgate Street and Nunn's Road.

 
 
Roman circus by Peter Froste
Self-assessed Accessibility Information

Roman Circus Walk, Colchester, Essex, CO2 7GZ, Tel: 01206 282920, Email, www.romancircus.co.uk/

The site of the Colchester Roman circus (chariot-racing arena) was identified 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.

 
 
Colchester's Roman Walls

Balkerne Passage, Colchester, Essex, CO3 3AA, Tel: 01206 282920, Email

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

 
 
Bourne Mill
National Trust

Bourne Mill, Bourne Road, Colchester, Essex, CO2 8RT, Tel: 01206 549799, Email, www.nationaltrust.org.uk/bourne-mill

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 intact and working.

 
 
St John's Abbey Gate

St John's Abbey Gate, Essex, CO2 7EZ, Tel: 01206 282920, www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/st-johns-abbey-gate

Dating from the 15th century this fine flint flushwork gatehouse just off St John's Green has a vaulted interior. It was the entrance to St John's Abbey precinct (demolished during the 16th century Reformation).

 
 
The Minories Galleries

The Minories, 74 High Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1UE, Tel: 01206 712437, Email, www.theminories.org.uk

The Minories Art Gallery is a professional contemporary art gallery managed by Colchester School of Art.

 
 
Roman Theatre
VistEngland VAQAS

Maidenburgh Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1TT, Tel: 01206 282931

The theatre mentioned in Tacitus' account of the Boudican attack on Colchester was probably on the same site as the later theatre excavated in Maidenburgh Street in 1981-2.

 
 
Gosbecks Archaeological Park

Maldon Road, Colchester, CO3 4RN, Tel: 01206 282931, Email

The Archaeological Park is one of the most significant Iron Age and Roman sites in the country. Enjoy a walk and discover the highlights of the site with the interpretation boards around the Park.

 
 
St Botolph's Priory, Colchester
VistEngland VAQAS

St Botolphs Prioy, Priory Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 2QA, Tel: 01206 282931, Email, www.english-heritage.org.uk

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.

 
 
Lakeside Theatre

University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, Essex, CO4 3SQ, Tel: 01206 873261, www.lakesidetheatre.org.uk

Lakeside Theatre is a hidden gem. We present the best in touring fringe theatre performances, home grown performances, music and local groups. Set in parkland with café, lakes, sculptures and ducks. Twitter @lakesidetheatre

 
 
Sentinel Gallery

Chapel Road, Wivenhoe, Colchester, CO7 9DX, Tel: 01206 827490, Email, www.thesentinelgallery.co.uk

A newly opened art gallery, located in the heart of Wivenhoe. Hosting regularly changing exhibitions of local artists of 2D and 3D, alongside Pru Green's own pottery workshop is a ceramic room of her pots and others with jewellery.