Transport to Colchester

Accessible Colchester

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.

Colchester Visitor Information Centre

Hollytrees Museum
Castle Park
CO1 1UG Colchester

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

Opening Hours:  Monday - Saturday, 10am - 5pm

 

Getting Around

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.

Mobility Scooters

Wheelchairs & scooters can be hired from Colchester Shopmobility and Wheelchair Loan Charity. Please contact the charities directly for more information.

By Car

Blue Badge holders can park free for up to three hours in all Colchester Borough Council car parks. Additionally Blue Badge holders can park for free for up to three hours in Blue Badge parking bays in the centre of the town (High Street, North Hill & Castle Street). In both cases the Blue Badge must be displayed with the special parking disc showing the time of arrival. Contact Colchester Borough Council to find out where Blue Badge parking bays are located in Colchester.

By Bus

There are several low-floor, easy access buses in service some with space for a wheelchair. All main bus stops have "real time" information screens for passengers and the bus timetable is available on-line. For details contact the First or Traveline bus services directly.

By Train

Trains have ramps for wheelchair access, designated accessible spaces in some cars, and an accessible WC, as well as visual & audible announcements that are helpful to people with a sensory disability. The Service provider also offers advice on the accessibility of stations and help on and off trains - people who require assistance need to book this at least 24 hours in advance. Please see Abellio Greater Anglia for information regarding accessibility to Colchester's railway stations.

By Taxi

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

Getting to Colchester

Access at Colchester Castle
Pedestrian Signage in Colchester Town Centre

Accessible Toilets

See the Colchester Borough Council website for a full list of accessible public toilets. Disabled toilets are fitted with Radar locks to ensure good quality facilities. Radar keys, which give access to disabled toilets, can be purchased through the Colchester Visitor Information Centre.

Pedestrian Signage in Colchester Town Centre - Toilets

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.

Access to Attractions

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.

Accessible Accommodation

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.

Property type

 

Location

Minimum grading

Minimum national grading stars

 

Special Prices

Name

 

Great places to visit in Colchester

Colchester Castle Museum

Colchester Castle Museum

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.

The Minories

The Minories Galleries

The Minories Galleries is a professional contemporary art gallery run in conjunction with Colchester School of Art & Design and Media.

Bourne Mill

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 still intact and working.

firstsite, photo: Richard Bryant, arcaidimages.com

Firstsite

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.

Hollytrees Museum

Hollytrees Museum

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.

High Woods Country Park

High Woods Country Park

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.

Colchester Zoo

Colchester Zoo

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.

St Botolph's Priory

St Botolph's Priory, Colchester

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.

Balkerne Gate

Roman Wall/Guard Room/Triumphal Arch

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

Wilkin and Sons

Wilkin and Sons Ltd

Over 50 years ago, John Wilkin began collecting the paraphernalia of preserve making and Essex village life.

Mercury Theatre

Mercury Theatre

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.

Castle Park and Gardens

Castle Park

Colchester's Castle Park provides a perfect setting for a huge range of events including shows, festivals and concerts.

Natural History Museum

Natural History Museum

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.

Roman Circus Peter Froste CAT

Colchester Roman circus centre

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.

Beth Chatto Gardens

Beth Chatto Gardens

2.5 hectares (6 acres) of gravel, water and woodland gardens, a large modern tea room and plant nursery.