Information on Accessibility
Many Colchester venues and services in Colchester are equipped to support visitors with disabilities or impairments, and are happy to assist visitors in any way possible.
Contact the Colchester Visitor Information Centre for more information on planning your stay in Colchester.
For people who have not visited Colchester before, it may be helpful to know that Colchester is situated on a hill that runs from north to south, and from west to east across the town centre. This means that some of the routes within the centre are quite steep, including North Hill which runs south from Colchester's main train station, which is a mile from the town centre. Wheelchair users arriving by train are therefore advised to call a taxi to get to the town centre.
Some of the streets in the historic parts of the town can be rather narrow, which means that they can become quite congested. Please contact the Colchester Visitor Information Centre for information on forthcoming major events which might help you to plan your trip.
A number of Colchester taxis are wheelchair accessible and can be booked through local taxi companies. We recommend that you call to check availability and suitability before travelling.
Minicab Services -01206 544444
Taxinow - 01206 801801
Access to Attractions
Many Colchester Attractions work to make their venues as accessible as possible. Below is some basic information regarding access to some attractions in and around Colchester.
Click on the chart to download a more comprehensive PDF of accessibility information for attractions in and around Colchester.
Other attractions may also offer accessibility services, and all attractions on our website have filled out self-assessed accessibility options, indicated at the bottom of each venue page.
Please note this list is neither exhaustive nor comprehensive, and is only intended as a basic guide. For further information, we recommend you contact venues before travelling to discuss your visit.
We are always looking to improve information regarding accessibility in Colchester. If you have any comments or contributions to this page, please contact the Colchester Visitor Information Centre.
Please Note: The information on this page was supplied by third parties. Colchester Borough Council will not be held responsible for any loss, damage or inconvenience caused as a result of inaccuracy or error within these pages. We advise you contact the venue/event organiser in advance of your visit.
Every accommodation provider record on our website gives details of disabled access. Search or browse through our accommodation to find the type of accommodation you require. It is advisable to contact the provider for specific information before visiting the town.
Great places to visit in 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.
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.
Colchester Zoo is constantly developing and has won many awards for its work. With over 260 species to see, set in 60 acres of beautiful parkland and lakes, Colchester Zoo is well worth a visit.
2.5 hectares (6 acres) of gravel, water and woodland gardens, a large modern tea room and plant nursery.
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.
Colchester's Roman Wall is the oldest and longest surviving town wall in Britain.
The Minories Galleries is a professional contemporary art gallery run in conjunction with Colchester School of Art & Design and Media.
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.
Over 50 years ago, John Wilkin began collecting the paraphernalia of preserve making and Essex village life.
Colchester's Castle Park provides a perfect setting for a huge range of events including shows, festivals and concerts.
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.
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.
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.
370 acres of woodland, grassland and wetland with path network, including circular walks and easy access trail. Visitor centre and interactive displays, rangers organise a range of activities throughout the year.