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

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

Stephen K Amos

Stephen K Amos: Bouquets and Brickbats

Fri 25 Jan 2019

Stand Up Comedy at Colchester Arts Centre

Comedy Store

Comedy Store

Fri 25 Jan 2019

The Comedy Store brings you “The Best In Stand Up” from around the globe, showcasing the brightest names in comedy today.

The Prettiest Starman

The Prettiest Starman

Sat 26 Jan 2019

David Bowie tribute at Colchester Arts Centre

Camulodunum to Colchester

Guided Walk: From Camulodunum to Colchester

Sat 26 Jan 2019

Guided Walking Tours of Colchester

Annie

Colchester Operatic Society present: Annie

Wed 30 Jan - Sat 9 Feb 2019

Classic Music at the Mercury Theatre

12th Colchester Beer Festival Logo

12th Colchester Winter Beer Festival

Wed 30 Jan - Sat 2 Feb 2019

A Three-Day Beer Festival in Colchester Town Centre

Camulodunum to Colchester

Guided Walk: From Camulodunum to Colchester

Sat 2 Feb 2019

Guided Walking Tours of Colchester

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year Celebration

Wed 6 Feb 2019

Lion Walk Shopping Centre will be marking Chinese New Year this year with a range of activities and events to celebrate the renowned festival in style.

Sir Ranulph Fiennes

Sir Ranulph Fiennes: Living Dangerously

Sat 9 Feb 2019

The Famous Explorer at the Mercury Theatre

susan pui san lok | A Coven A Grove A Stand

susan pui san lok | A Coven A Grove A Stand

Sat 9 Feb - Sun 21 Apr 2019

Art Exhibition at Firstsite rediscovering the persecution of witches.

Camulodunum to Colchester

Guided Walk: From Camulodunum to Colchester

Sat 9 Feb 2019

Guided Walking Tours of Colchester

Colchester United Crest

Colchester United v Cheltenham Town

Sat 9 Feb 2019

League 2 fixture at the Jobserve Community Stadium

Russell Kane

Russell Kane - The Fast and the Curious

Thu 14 Feb 2019

Stand-up Comedy at the Mercury Theatre

Camulodunum to Colchester

Guided Walk: From Camulodunum to Colchester

Sat 16 Feb 2019

Guided Walking Tours of Colchester

Valentine's Roller Disco

Valentines Roller Disco

Sat 16 Feb 2019

Over 14's Valentines Roller Disco with Live Band

Mousetrap

The Mousetrap

Mon 18 - Sat 23 Feb 2019

Classic Whodunnit at the Mercury Theatre

Camulodunum to Colchester

Guided Walk: From Camulodunum to Colchester

Sat 23 Feb 2019

Guided Walking Tours of Colchester

Colchester United Crest

Colchester United v Carlisle United

Sat 23 Feb 2019

League 2 fixture at the Jobserve Community Stadium

Witchfinder General

Talk: The Witchfinder General

Thu 28 Feb 2019

Witchfinder General: Matthew Hopkins and the East Anglian Witch-Hunt A talk from author and historian Malcolm Gaskill

Essex Book Festival

Essex Book Festival

Fri 1 - Sun 31 Mar 2019

The county-wide book festival returns for its 20th year

More events around town

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