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Visit Colchester - Official Colchester Tourist Information Site

Visit Colchester

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

Colchester in Essex is Britain's oldest recorded town and was the first city and capital in Roman Britain. Its rich history dates back over 2000 years.

But it's not just history. 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.

Events in Colchester - Highlights

Scott King, Britlin's Frigg

Scott King: A New Life in Frigg

Sat 16 Jun - Sun 2 Sep 2018

Art Exhibition at Firstsite

you Can't Beat A Woman

You Can't Beat A Woman

Mon 18 - Sat 30 Jun 2018

Art Exhibition at The Minories Gallery

Colchester Foood & Drink Festival

Colchester Food & Drink Festival

Sat 23 - Sun 24 Jun 2018

Food and Drink Festival in Castle Park

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Guided Walking Tour

Sat 23 Jun 2018

Guided Tour through the Town Centre. Meet at the Visitor Information Centre

Windrush Exhibition

Windrush 70th Anniversary Exhibition

Sat 23 Jun - Sun 22 Jul 2018

A sound and art site specific installation that recorded the stories of ten local Caribbean elders from the Windrush generation from Essex. Ten limited-edition photo etchings by artist EVEWRIGHT will also be on display.

Camulodunum to Colchester

Summer Evening Walk: Camulodunum to Colchester

Wed 27 Jun 2018

Early evening Guided Tour through the Town Centre

Alan Titchmarsh

An Evening with Alan Titchmarsh

Thu 28 Jun 2018

The celebrity gardener gives a talk at University of Essex in association with Beth Chatto Gardens

Rowhedge Regatta

Rowhedge Regatta

Sat 30 Jun 2018

Annual regatta on the waterfront at Rowhedge

Waldegraves

Waldegraves Holiday Park 70th Birthday Celebration

Sat 30 Jun 2018

Birthday mini-festival at Waldegraves with music, rides, games and plenty of food and drink stalls.

The Art of Remaking

Play It Again: The Art of Remaking

Sat 30 Jun - Sun 16 Sep 2018

Art Exhibition at Firstsite

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Guided Walking Tour

Sat 30 Jun 2018

Guided Tour through the Town Centre. Meet at the Visitor Information Centre

the Nearly Festival

The Nearly Festival

Sat 30 Jun - Sun 1 Jul 2018

Tribute Band Festival in Castle Park

War memorial

Colchester At War. Themed Walk

Sat 30 Jun 2018

Colchester in war time

Summer Screen

Summer Screen

Mon 2 - Sun 15 Jul 2018

Live Tennis plus 5 feature films on a big screen in Castle Park

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Guided Walking Tour

Wed 4 Jul 2018

Guided Tour through the Town Centre. Meet at the Visitor Information Centre

Forget Me Not

Forget Me Not

Fri 6 - Sun 8 Jul 2018

Celebrate someone special this summer, in Castle Park

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Guided Walking Tour

Sat 7 Jul 2018

Guided Tour through the Town Centre. Meet at the Visitor Information Centre

Balkerne Gate

Walking the Walls . Themed Walk

Sat 7 Jul 2018

Discover the Roman Wall, the oldest town wall in the country.

Big Sunday

Big Sunday

Sun 8 Jul 2018

A town-wide free festival of music, dance, food and more.

Summer Steam Gala

Summer Steam Gala

Sun 8 Jul 2018

Help us celebrate our 50th year with a full day of intensive steam engine action…

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