Welcome to Colchester!

The cover of Colchester's 2024 Visitor Guide, depicting a concrete mural of a Roman soldier

Having once been Britain's First City and the former capital of Roman Britain our incredible history dates back over 2000 years. On a visit to the city you'll discover that the historic centre is ripe for exploring, with important heritage sites to be found around every corner.

Colchester was recently gifted modern city status, confirming that we're not all about the past. 21st Century Colchester is also a thriving, modern destination with first class visitor attractions, and cultural sites, as well as fantastic places to eat, drink and shop.


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Beyond the city centre you can discover popular destinations including Mersea Island and Constable Country in the Dedham Vale, as well as the highly regarded Colchester Zoo.

Poised at the gateway to East Anglia with picturesque villages on its doorstep, and only minutes away from the coast, the Colchester area is the perfect destination for a well-deserved short break, day trip or family holiday.

Top Attractions

Check out our most popular attractions including Colchester Zoo, the Castle Museum, and more!

Latest Events

From pop-up markets to huge summer festivals, find great events in our What's On guide.

Discover Our History

Incredible Roman Ruins are just the start. Explore 2000 years of history on our city streets or in…


Shop 'till you drop with a choice of national well-known brands as well as plenty of independent…

Event Highlights

Ride London May 24

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The 2024 Ford RideLondon Classique, part of the UCI Women’s World Tour, will feature three…

Attraction Highlights

Castle Park

Colchester's Castle Park is a large, scenic and well maintained Victorian park in the heart of…


Firstsite is Colchester and the East of England's contemporary visual arts gallery. Housed in a…


Wyvernwood is an immersive story-led experience near Colchester, Essex, for families with children…


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