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 and is ripe for exploring.

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

Colchester United Crest

Colchester United v Swindon Town

Tue 28 Jan 2020

League 2 Football at the Weston Homes Community Stadium

Winter Beer Festival

Colchester Winter Ale Festival

Wed 29 Jan - Sat 1 Feb 2020

Colchester Arts Centre's Beer Festival returns

Stour Surrounding - Artists and the Valley

Stour Surrounding - Artists and the Valley

Thu 30 Jan 2020

Film Premiere at Firstsite

Camulodunum to Colchester

Guided Walk: From Camulodunum to Colchester

Sat 1 Feb 2020

Guided Walking Tours of Colchester depating from the Visitor Information Centre

Phil Wang

Phil Wang: Philly Philly Wang Wang

Tue 4 Feb 2020

Stand Up Comedy at Colchester Arts Centre

Camulodunum to Colchester

Guided Walk: From Camulodunum to Colchester

Sat 8 Feb 2020

Guided Walking Tours of Colchester depating from the Visitor Information Centre

Unboxing Alex Frost

Unboxing Alex Frost

Sat 8 Feb - Sun 19 Apr 2020

Art Exhibition at Firstsite

Colchester United Crest

Colchester United v Plymouth Argyle

Sat 8 Feb 2020

League 2 Football at the Weston Homes Community Stadium

Colchester United Crest

Colchester United v Grimsby Town

Tue 11 Feb 2020

League 2 Football at the Weston Homes Community Stadium

Adorn; The Final Fling

Adorn; The Final Bling

Fri 14 Feb 2020

Wrap Party for the Adorn Exhibition at Colchester Castle

Camulodunum to Colchester

Guided Walk: From Camulodunum to Colchester

Sat 15 Feb 2020

Guided Walking Tours of Colchester depating from the Visitor Information Centre

The Noise Next Door

The Noise Next Door Family Show

Thu 20 Feb 2020

Family Comedy at Colchester Arts Centre

Camulodunum to Colchester

Guided Walk: From Camulodunum to Colchester

Sat 22 Feb 2020

Guided Walking Tours of Colchester depating from the Visitor Information Centre

Rob Brydon

Rob Brydon - Songs and Stories

Wed 26 Feb 2020

Rob Brydon entertains at Colchester's Charter Hall

Essex Book Festival

Essex Book Festival

Fri 28 Feb - Tue 31 Mar 2020

Essex Book Festival returns for 2020

Rhys James

Rhys James: Snitch

Fri 28 Feb 2020

Stand Up Comedy at Colchester Arts Centre

Winter Beer Festival

The Chappel Winter Beer Festival

Fri 28 - Sat 29 Feb 2020

The celebrated Beer Festival returns to the East Anglian Railway Museum

Camulodunum to Colchester

Guided Walk: From Camulodunum to Colchester

Sat 29 Feb 2020

Guided Walking Tours of Colchester depating from the Visitor Information Centre

Colchester United Crest

Colchester United v Cheltenham Town

Sat 29 Feb 2020

League 2 Football at the Weston Homes Community Stadium

More events around town

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