Tours & Sightseeing 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 Walking Tours

Guided Tours of Colchester

Camulodunum to Colchester

Regular guided walking tours of Colchester run from the Visitor Information Centre, weekly on Saturdays at 11am between March and December, and twice-weekly between July and September with the additional tour on a Wednesday, also at 11am.

We also run afternoon tours at 2pm on Bank Holiday Mondays.

These “Camulodunum to Colchester” tours, led by a qualified guide, take you on a 90minute walk through the town centre, introducing you to the town’s history from the Romans until today.

Places are limited on these tours so booking is advised. 

Adults £4.30
Children (aged 5 -15 years) £3.10

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Themed Tours In Colchester

Guided Walking Tours on specific themes run throughout the year, led by Blue Badge Guides. These tours give special insight into the details of Colchester's history and can be on such diverse topics such as the Romans, the Siege of Colchester, and places surrounding the town of particular importance. Watch out for the special Bloodcurdling Colchester tour every Halloween!

See all theme tours

 

Book A Private Guided Tour

Guided Tours

Private tours can be booked through the Visitor Information Centre and are encouraged for parties of ten or more. The tour can be tailored to suit your requirements, both in terms of content and accessibility.

We have a limited number of French and German speaking guides.

Please 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.

More Tours

Pick up at Self-Guided Tour

Heritage Trail Self Guided Tour

Self-Guided tour books can be purchased at the Visitor Information centre for £2.50 and highlight many of the key attractions in Colchester Town Centre.

They are particularly useful for navigating around the maze-like alleys of the Dutch Quarter, ensuring you don't miss any of the sights this fascinating area has in store.

Download a Roman Audio Tour

Roman Colchester Audio Tour
Download a Roman Colchester Audio Tour, courtesy of our friends at Signals Media and listen to the insightful commentary whilst you follow the trail around Roman Colchester.

Start in the park, at the ruins of the Temple of Claudius, and take in sights including the Roman Wall, Theatre, Circus and more!

Discover more walks

Walking in Dedham
View our recommended Walks around Colchester page, and download maps and guides of recommended walking trails.

Explore historic sites, take in some breathtaking scenery, or simply get back to nature with a ramble through the woods.