Visit Colchester

Visit Colchester - Britain's first Roman city. Watch our film to discover what awaits you.

Welcome to Colchester! A historic Essex town, Britain's first city and former capital of Roman Britain. Its rich history dates back over 2000 years.

But it's not all about the past. 21st Century Colchester is a thriving, modern town with first class visitor attractions, including the family favourites Colchester Zoo and Colchester Castle, as well as fantastic places to eat, drink and shop.

Poised at the gateway to East Anglia with picturesque villages 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.

 

Discover Colchester

What to do in Colchester?

Castle at Night

History & Heritage 

With Roman Ruins, a Norman Castle, and Civil War scars - Colchester's history can be explored without even leaving the town centre, but head further afield and discover even more!

Cudmore Grove Country Park by Visit Essex

Family Days Out 

With both a Zoo and a Castle Colchester is off to a great start for any adventurous children. There's more to see and do whatever the weather, and it doesn't have to break the bank.

Firstsite

Arts & Culture 

With three theatres and several art galleries, including the internationally recognised Firstsite, Colchester is the cultural hub of Essex and the local region.

Cow in river at Dedham Vale

Outdoor Adventure 

Constable Country and Mersea Island are on Colchester's doorstep, as well as several award winning parks, gardens and nature reserves, there's plenty of opportunity to explore the outdoors.

Explore the Beautiful Borough

The Beautiful Borough - Colchester

There's more to Colchester than the historic town centre, with the borough covering more than 135 square miles of scenic Essex coast and countryside.

From island life on Mersea, jam-making in Tiptree, and the heart of Constable Country in the Dedham Vale, there's a wealth of small towns and villages just a short distance from Colchester's centre, all with their own unique character and stories to tell. Sometimes the smallest villages hold the most unlikely secrets!

Stay a few days, explore the Beautiful Borough of Colchester, and share your experiences with us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook using the #BeautifulBorough hashtag.

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The Beautiful Borough
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Events in Colchester - Highlights

Family Heritage Treasure Trail

Family Heritage Treasure Trail

Sat 20 Jul - Sun 22 Sep 2019

FREE town trail, with prizes!

A Festival of Colchester

A Festival of Colchester 2019

Fri 23 Aug - Sun 15 Sep 2019

A new multi-discipline and heritage-based collaborative arts festival with a primary theme of Nursery Rhymes, Folklore and Storytelling.

Rural Coastal Locations

Roman River Festival: Rural/Coastal Locations

Wed 11 - Sun 15 Sep 2019

The Roman River Festival returns to Colchester's Beautiful Borough

Castle Park Bandstand

Bandstand Concert: St Peters Band

Sun 15 Sep 2019

Free concert on Castle Park's Victorian Bandstand

Classic Car Show

Headway Classic Vehicle Show

Sun 15 Sep 2019

Classic Cars in Castle Park

Bazaar

Bazaar

Sat 21 Sep 2019

Firstsite's monthly art & craft market

St Botolphs

Heritage Open Day - St Botolph's Priory Fun Day

Sat 21 Sep 2019

Fun Day and Market in St Botolph's Priory

Camulodunum to Colchester

Guided Walk: From Camulodunum to Colchester

Sat 21 Sep 2019

Guided Walking Tours of Colchester. Meet at the Visit Colchester Information Centre

Colchester United Crest

Colchester United v Leyton Orient

Sat 21 Sep 2019

League 2 Football at the Weston Homes Community Stadium

Migration Day

Migration Day at Fingrnghoe Wick

Sun 22 Sep 2019

Birdwatching at Fingringhoe Wick

The Arnhem Bridge - a 'Bridge Too Far'

Commemoration Service Op Market Garden 75

Sun 22 Sep 2019

A community service to mark the 75th anniversary of Operation Market Garden, the Battle of Arnhem, including prayers, readings, wreath/flower laying, two minutes silence, and a bugler playing the Last Post and Reveille.

Col U v Tottenham Hotspur

Colchester Utd v Tottenham Hotspur

Tue 24 Sep 2019

Carabao Cup Football at the Weston Homes Community Stadium

The Pumpkin Patch

Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze

Sat 28 Sep - Thu 31 Oct 2019

Pick your own pumpkin at Foxes Farm Produce

Fire Station Open Day

Colchester Fire Station Open Day 2019

Sat 28 Sep 2019

Open Day at Colchester Fire Station

Big Apple Day

Together We Grow: Apple Day

Sat 28 Sep 2019

All things apple at the BIG Garden in High Woods Country Park.

Camulodunum to Colchester

Guided Walk: From Camulodunum to Colchester

Sat 28 Sep 2019

Guided Walking Tours of Colchester. Meet at the Visit Colchester Information Centre

Camulodunum to Colchester

Guided Walk: From Camulodunum to Colchester

Sat 5 Oct 2019

Guided Walking Tours of Colchester. Meet at the Visit Colchester Information Centre

Colchester United Crest

Colchester United v Stevenage

Sat 5 Oct 2019

League 2 Football at the Weston Homes Community Stadium

Colchester United Crest

Colchester United v Tottenham Hotspur U21s

Tue 8 Oct 2019

Football at the Weston Homes Community Stadium

Jonathan Pie

Jonathan Pie - The Fake News Tour 2019

Wed 9 Oct 2019

Comedy at Colchester's Charter Hall

More events around town

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