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

Colchester Food & Drink Festival 2019

The Colchester Food and Drink Festival

Sat 29 - Sun 30 Jun 2019

Colchester's Annual Food & Drink Festival returns to Castle Park

Colchester Pride

Colchester Pride 2019

Sat 29 Jun 2019

A fully accessible, inclusive, family friendly day celebrating the LGBTQ+ community in Colchester and beyond

16 Air Asslt Bde and Colchester Garrison Show 2019

16 Air Assault Brigade & Colchester Garrison Show

Sat 29 Jun 2019

The 16 Air Assault Brigade and Colchester Garrison take over Abbey Field,

Camulodunum to Colchester

Guided Walk: From Camulodunum to Colchester

Sat 29 Jun 2019

Guided Walking Tours of Colchester

Summer Screen

Summer Screen 2019

Mon 1 - Sun 14 Jul 2019

The big screen returns to Colchester's Castle Park

Camulodunum to Colchester

Guided Walk: From Camulodunum to Colchester

Wed 3 Jul 2019

Guided Walking Tours of Colchester

Camulodunum to Colchester

Guided Walk: From Camulodunum to Colchester

Sat 6 Jul 2019

Guided Walking Tours of Colchester

Camulodunum to Colchester

Guided Walk: From Camulodunum to Colchester

Wed 10 Jul 2019

Guided Walking Tours of Colchester

Roman River Music

Roman River Festival 2019 – Colchester Weekend

Thu 11 - Sun 14 Jul 2019

As part of the Roman River 2019 Festival we have included the exciting innovation of a Colchester weekend in July, crammed full of musical treats for you to enjoy.

Camulodunum to Colchester

Guided Walk: From Camulodunum to Colchester

Sat 13 Jul 2019

Guided Walking Tours of Colchester

Old Siege House

Guided Walk: The Siege of Colchester

Sat 13 Jul 2019

Guided Walking Tours of Colchester

Colchester United Annual Open Day

Colchester United Annual Open Day

Sun 14 Jul 2019

Join us here at the JobServe Community Stadium on Sunday 14th July for our fantastic Open Day!

Camulodunum to Colchester

Guided Walk: From Camulodunum to Colchester

Wed 17 Jul 2019

Guided Walking Tours of Colchester

Bazaar

Bazaar

Sat 20 Jul 2019

Firstsite's monthly art & craft market

Essex Castle Bike Ride

Essex Castle Bike Ride

Sat 20 Jul 2019

Enjoy a great day's cycling and raise vital funds for charity!

Marks Hall Sculpture

Marks Hall Sculpture 2019

Sat 20 Jul 2019

Sculpture Trail at Marks Hall Gardens and Arboretum.

Camulodunum to Colchester

Guided Walk: From Camulodunum to Colchester

Sat 20 Jul 2019

Guided Walking Tours of Colchester

Sir Tom Jones

Tom Jones - Live in Castle Park

Sun 21 Jul 2019

Sir Tom Jones brings his band to Colchester's Castle Park.

An Extraordinary Steampunk Fair

An Extraordinary Steampunk Fair

Sun 21 Jul 2019

Ladies and gentlemen…we cordially invite you to join us at the East Anglian Railway Museum for this, our first ever Steampunk fair hosted in conjunction with the League of Essexordinary Gentlemen.

Camulodunum to Colchester

Guided Walk: From Camulodunum to Colchester

Wed 24 Jul 2019

Guided Walking Tours of Colchester

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