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

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' town centre, all with their own unique character and stories to tell. Sometimes the smallest villages hold the most unlikely secrets!

Stay a few days and 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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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

Circus Wonderland

Circus Wonderland

Wed 22 - Mon 27 May 2019

The Circus comes to Colchester's Abbey Field

Castle Park Bandstand

Bandstand Concert: The Lisa Graham Duo

Sat 25 May 2019

Free concert on Castle Park's Victorian Bandstand

Mersea Food Festival

Mersea Island Food, Drink & Leisure Festival

Sat 25 - Sun 26 May 2019

Savour the Flavour of Island Life! Join us for fun in the sun by the sea, food and drink for all the family...

Camulodunum to Colchester

Guided Walk: From Camulodunum to Colchester

Sat 25 May 2019

Guided Walking Tours of Colchester

Old Siege House

Guided Walk: The Siege of Colchester

Sat 25 May 2019

Guided Walking Tours of Colchester

East Anglian Transport Extravaganza

Transport Extravaganza

Sun 26 - Mon 27 May 2019

Classic Vehicle Show at the East Anglian Railway Museum

Bronze sculpture and paintings

The Bird Alphabet exhibition of Sculpture painting

Mon 27 May - Sat 15 Jun 2019

Art exhibition at the Minories Galleries

Family Fun Day

Hospital Radio Colchester Family Fun Day

Mon 27 May 2019

Hospital Radio Colchester Annual Family Fun Day

Camulodunum to Colchester

Guided Walk: From Camulodunum to Colchester

Mon 27 May 2019

Guided Walking Tours of Colchester

Constellations

Planetarium

Tue 28 May 2019

Arts & Crafts event at Colchester Castle

Beer Festival

34th Colchester Summer Real Ale and Cider Festival

Tue 28 May - Sat 1 Jun 2019

The well-loved Beer Festival returns to Colchester Arts Centre

Diesel Fun

Half Term Diesel Days

Wed 29 May 2019

Half Term fun at the East Anglian Railway Museum

Camulodunum to Colchester

Guided Walk: From Camulodunum to Colchester

Sat 1 Jun 2019

Guided Walking Tours of Colchester

Paul Young

Paul Young: 35 Years of 'No Parlez'

Sat 1 Jun 2019

Everyone’s favourite 80’s crooner Paul Young, Live at Charter Hall

Martin Newell at the Roman Circus

Martin Newell at the Roman Circus

Sun 2 Jun 2019

A special one-man show of poetry performed in Martin's own unique style.

Craig David

Craig David LIVE in Castle Park

Sun 2 Jun 2019

Craig David performs live in Colchester's Castle Park

Glider Troops 6th Airborne Division June 1944

Service to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day

Thu 6 Jun 2019

Wreath laying and unveiling of a flower bed in Castle Park

Camulodunum to Colchester

Guided Walk: From Camulodunum to Colchester

Sat 8 Jun 2019

Guided Walking Tours of Colchester

Royal Salute

Royal Gun Salute

Sat 8 Jun 2019

21 Gun Salute in Castle Park for HM The Queen's Official Birthday

Camulodunum

Guided Tour - Uncovering Roman Colchester

Sat 8 Jun 2019

Guided Walking Tours of Colchester

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