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

Field for the British Isles

Antony Gormley: Field for the British Isles

Fri 15 Nov 2019 - Sun 8 Mar 2020

Experience this vast and iconic artwork at Firstsite

Cinderella

Cinderella

Sat 30 Nov 2019 - Sun 5 Jan 2020

Pantomime at The Mercury Theatre

Nightflix

Nightflix - Drive In Cinema

Tue 3 - Sun 29 Dec 2019

Nightflix is a mobile Outdoor Cinema who bring the excitement of movies alongside a food market with Christmas stalls and entertainment for the whole family.

Day Out With Thomas

Day Out With Thomas

Sat 14 - Sun 15 Dec 2019

Thomas and Friends appear at the East Anglian Railway Museum

Bazaar

Bazaar

Sat 21 Dec 2019

Firstsite's monthly art & craft market

Day Out With Thomas

Day Out With Thomas

Sat 21 - Sun 22 Dec 2019

Thomas and Friends appear at the East Anglian Railway Museum

Colchester United Crest

Colchester United v Carlisle United

Sat 21 Dec 2019

League 2 Football at the Weston Homes Community Stadium

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol By Candlelight

Mon 23 - Tue 24 Dec 2019

The Classic Christmas Tale - at Colchester Arts Centre

Colchester United Crest

Colchester United v Exeter City

Sun 29 Dec 2019

League 2 Football at the Weston Homes Community Stadium

Colchester United Crest

Colchester United v Crawley Town

Wed 1 Jan 2020

League 2 Football at the Weston Homes Community Stadium

Camulodunum to Colchester

Guided Walk: From Camulodunum to Colchester

Sat 4 Jan 2020

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

Prettiest Starman

The Prettiest Starman 2020 Show

Sat 11 Jan 2020

David Bowie tribute at Colchester Arts Centre

Camulodunum to Colchester

Guided Walk: From Camulodunum to Colchester

Sat 11 Jan 2020

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

Camulodunum to Colchester

Guided Walk: From Camulodunum to Colchester

Sat 18 Jan 2020

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

Colchester United Crest

Colchester United v Macclesfield Town

Sat 18 Jan 2020

League 2 Football at the Weston Homes Community Stadium

Magnificat - Bach/Vivaldi

Colchester Chamber Choir - Magnificat Bach/Vivaldi

Sat 18 Jan 2020

10th Anniversary Concert – Magnificat Bach/Vivaldi A candlelit performance of two celebrated baroque Magnificats together with other great works by Bach and Vivaldi with period instruments. Complimentary refreshments.

Colchester United Crest

Colchester United v Bradford City

Tue 21 Jan 2020

League 2 Football at the Weston Homes Community Stadium

Milton Impossible

Milton Impossible

Fri 24 Jan 2020

One man. One Mission. Is it possible? No, not really. Milton reveals the truth about being an international spy, before being given a disappointing new identity which forced him to appear on Mock the Week, Live at the Apollo.

Camulodunum to Colchester

Guided Walk: From Camulodunum to Colchester

Sat 25 Jan 2020

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

Luther

Luther

Sat 25 Jan 2020

Luther Vandross the legend lives on.

More events around town

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