Tours & Tales in Colchester

One of the best ways to find out about the dramatic events that have taken place in Colchester is to take a guided walking tour led by a qualified Town Guide.

Join a Historic Guided Walking Tour of Colchester Town Centre, or book onto one of our Themed Tours to discover a special side of Colchester's past.

For groups and school visits, book your own private tour with one of our qualified Guides!

Guided Tours of Colchester

The Visitor Information Centre runs regular guided tours which give you a good overview of the town’s history and important sites. These “Camulodunum to Colchester” tours take you on a 90mn walk through the town centre, introducing you to the town’s history from the Romans until today.

Find out more about Camulodunum to Colchester guided walking tours.

Themed Tours in Colchester

Guided Walking Tours on specific themes of Colchester’s past run throughout the year, led by Blue Badge Guides. These tours give special insight into details of Colchester history, on topics such as the Romans, the Siege of Colchester, and places surrounding the town of particular importance.

Find out more about Themed Tours in Colchester.

Book a Private Guided Tour

Private tours can be booked through the Visitor Information Centre. Contact the Visitor Information Centre with details of the tour you wish to book. Please include:

  • Date and time of the tour (tours usually last 1h30)
  • Number on the tour, and whether participants are adults (16+) or children (4 - 16 years old)
  • Contact details (Name, Phone, Email, and Name of organisation if relevant)
  • Any special requirements.

The team at the VIC will then book a Blue Badge Guide at your convenience. Private tours usually need to be booked at least a month in advance.

Upcoming Guided Walking Tours of Colchester

Theme Tours of Colchester

Looking for something a little different? Listen to the lives and times of characters from Colchester's past as they take you through the dread, drama and dismay of Colchester's important history.

Theme tours are great fun and very informative for all ages groups.

The following is just a little taste of what we have to offer:

  • Explore Historic Wivenhoe, an historic port and conservation site
  • Learn more about the religious life in Colchester on our Churches, Chapels and Monasteries Tour
  • Follow in the footsteps of Centurian Marcus Favonius Facilius and explore the triumph and tragedy in everyday Camulodunum.
  • On 31st October we offer our popular Bloodcurdling Colchester Tour! Hear about Colchester’s horrible history with lots of fun anecdotes, led by characters of the town’s gruesome past.

How to book:

Bookings for pre-arranged tours are taken at the Colchester Visitor Information Centre inside Hollytrees Museum.

Bookings can be made in advance or on the day but the number of places on each tour are strictly limited to 20 people. Full details of tour start times and meeting place will be given at the time of booking.

An nice alternative could be a private theme tour. If you wish to book a private theme tour for your group then please get in touch with one of our staff who will be happy to help. Tours are great for social groups, work events and for educational visits.

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

Book a Private Themed Tour

Certain themed tours can be booked for private groups. Popular themed tours for school groups include the Roman tour, and the Siege Tour, both of these led by costumed guides!

Contact the Visitor Information Centre with details of your private tour request or to discuss the possibility of booking a private themed tour

Guided Walking Tours of Colchester

Discover Colchester's Past

One of the best ways to find out about the dramatic events that have taken place in Colchester is to take a guided walking tour led by a qualified Town Guide.
As the tour takes you through Castle Park, the Dutch Quarter and the High Street, only minutes away from each other, each has a very different story to tell.

Discover Colchester's Past & Present

Camulodunum to Colchester

On the 90 minute tour you will discover:

  • Why the Roman Temple of Claudius was sensationally destroyed by Boudica
  • Why the Dutch Quarter is so named
  • Why a building was named after a famous elephant
  • When Colchester was under siege for 11 weeks
  • The location of the largest surviving Roman Gateway in Britain
  • Who planted the tree on top of the Castle
  • The origins of the Twinkle Twinkle Little Star nursery rhyme

Opening Hours

The Visitor Centre is open from 10am to 5pm Monday to Saturday and is closed on Sundays.

Scheduled Tours

Camulodunum to Colchester Tour departs every Saturday at 11am and runs every day in July and August (apart from Sundays).

We also offer this tour on Bank Holiday Mondays (May and August) leaving the Visitor Centre at 2pm.

Each schedule tour can take up to 20 people.

Private Tours

Tours with Blue Badge Guides can be booked privately through the Visitor Information Centre. Please contact the VIC with details of your enquiry, or for more information on booking a private tour.

How to book

Bookings for tours are taken at the VisitColchester Information Centre.
To book a private tour of Colchester, please contact the Colchester Visitor Information Centre with details of your enquiry and we will arrange the tour for you.

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

Tickets

Adults: £4.20, Children: £3.10

Payments can be taken in person at the VIC or by card over the telephone. Payment must be made to secure bookings

Upcoming Guided Walking Tours of Colchester

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Guided Walking Tour

Sat 29 Apr 2017

Guided Tour through the Town Centre. Meet at the Visitor Information Centre

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Guided Walking Tour

Mon 1 May 2017

Guided Tour through the Town Centre. Meet at the Visitor Information Centre

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Guided Walking Tour

Sat 6 May 2017

Guided Tour through the Town Centre. Meet at the Visitor Information Centre

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Guided Walking Tour

Sat 13 May 2017

Guided Tour through the Town Centre. Meet at the Visitor Information Centre

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Guided Walking Tour

Sat 20 May 2017

Guided Tour through the Town Centre. Meet at the Visitor Information Centre

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Guided Walking Tour

Sat 27 May 2017

Guided Tour through the Town Centre. Meet at the Visitor Information Centre

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Guided Walking Tour

Mon 29 May 2017

Guided Tour through the Town Centre. Meet at the Visitor Information Centre

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Guided Walking Tour

Sat 3 Jun 2017

Guided Tour through the Town Centre. Meet at the Visitor Information Centre

pubs

The Inns and Pubs of Colchester: Guided Walk

Sat 3 Jun 2017

Hear some uproarious tales of Colchester's old pubs and inns with local girl Claire

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Guided Walking Tour

Sat 10 Jun 2017

Guided Tour through the Town Centre. Meet at the Visitor Information Centre

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Guided Walking Tour

Sat 17 Jun 2017

Guided Tour through the Town Centre. Meet at the Visitor Information Centre

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Guided Walking Tour

Sat 24 Jun 2017

Guided Tour through the Town Centre. Meet at the Visitor Information Centre

Roman wall

Walking the Walls: Guided Walk

Sun 25 Jun 2017

Discover the Roman wall, the oldest town wall in the country.

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Guided Walking Tour

Sat 1 Jul 2017

Guided Tour through the Town Centre. Meet at the Visitor Information Centre

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Guided Walking Tour

Wed 5 Jul 2017

One of the best ways to find out more about the dramatic events that have taken place in Colchester is to take a guided walking tour. The tour takes you through Castle Park, the Dutch Quarter and the High Street.

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Guided Walking Tour

Sat 8 Jul 2017

Guided Tour through the Town Centre. Meet at the Visitor Information Centre

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Guided Walking Tour

Wed 12 Jul 2017

One of the best ways to find out more about the dramatic events that have taken place in Colchester is to take a guided walking tour. The tour takes you through Castle Park, the Dutch Quarter and the High Street.

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Guided Walking Tour

Sat 15 Jul 2017

Guided Tour through the Town Centre. Meet at the Visitor Information Centre

Roman Colchester

Uncovering Roman Colchester: Guided Walk

Sat 15 Jul 2017

Follow in the footsteps of the Emperor Claudius and Queen Boudica as you discover Colchester's fascinating Roman history.

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Guided Walking Tour

Wed 19 Jul 2017

One of the best ways to find out more about the dramatic events that have taken place in Colchester is to take a guided walking tour. The tour takes you through Castle Park, the Dutch Quarter and the High Street.

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Guided Walking Tour

Sat 22 Jul 2017

Guided Tour through the Town Centre. Meet at the Visitor Information Centre

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Guided Walking Tour

Wed 26 Jul 2017

One of the best ways to find out more about the dramatic events that have taken place in Colchester is to take a guided walking tour. The tour takes you through Castle Park, the Dutch Quarter and the High Street.

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Guided Walking Tour

Sat 29 Jul 2017

Guided Tour through the Town Centre. Meet at the Visitor Information Centre

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Guided Walking Tour

Wed 2 Aug 2017

One of the best ways to find out more about the dramatic events that have taken place in Colchester is to take a guided walking tour. The tour takes you through Castle Park, the Dutch Quarter and the High Street.

pubs

The Inns and Pubs of Colchester: Guided Walk

Sat 3 Jun 2017

Hear some uproarious tales of Colchester's old pubs and inns with local girl Claire

Roman wall

Walking the Walls: Guided Walk

Sun 25 Jun 2017

Discover the Roman wall, the oldest town wall in the country.

Roman Colchester

Uncovering Roman Colchester: Guided Walk

Sat 15 Jul 2017

Follow in the footsteps of the Emperor Claudius and Queen Boudica as you discover Colchester's fascinating Roman history.

Essex Serpent

Essex Serpent: Colchester Guided Walk

Sat 12 Aug 2017

Discover serpents, detectives and serving wenches,

Town to Sea

Town to Sea Trail

Sat 2 Sep 2017

From the town centre to the historic port of the Hythe and back

Bloodcurdling

Bloodcurdling Colchester

Tue 31 Oct 2017

Join characters from our grim and rather gruesome past on a journey through the horrible history of our town. it's Colchester - but not as you know it

Town Hall

Victorian Colchester

Sun 10 Dec 2017

During the festive period that they loved so much, join our costumed guide to discover the Colchester that the Victorians knew.