Jump Into Our History and Countryside

From the rich history of the city itself to the surrounding countryside of Essex and Suffolk, you'll find plenty to explore in and around Colchester. Delve into the hidden corners of Britain’s first city to discover the stories and tales that shaped the city, or head further afield to explore untouched countryside, picturesque villages and hidden gems.

With over 2000 years of history, there’s always something new (and old!) to discover in Colchester. Choose a historic period to explore in depth, or pick out the highlights from the city's long history. Why not take a guided walking tour of the city to find some of the most well-hidden secrets?

You needn't be contained by the city centre either. Why not stay a few days and take the opportunity to explore Colchester's Heritage Coast and Countryside? From the picturesque countryside of the Dedham Vale to Mersea Island and the beautiful Essex coast - A countryside walk and a pub lunch are never far away!

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