Explore Colchester's Coast & Countryside

Colchester's heritage coast and countryside stretches well beyond the city centre, in total covering 135 square miles of picturesque Essex countryside and incorporating several unique and scenic towns and villages. Many of these offer a different pace of life to the bustling city centre, particularly in the winter months, but during the summer tourist season you can often find these destinations thriving and full of life. 

For visitors, day-trips to Mersea IslandConstable Country or Colchester Zoo are all popular, as are longer stays in the city which provide the perfect opportunity to explore the surrounding area and discover some local hidden gems.

During a visit to Colchester, as well as the local destinations in the immediate vicinity, you'll also be able to take advantage of great links to other nearby towns and visitor attractions in both Essex and Suffolk as well as easy access further afield to both London and Norwich amongst other destinations.

From riverside towns and coastal communities to historic houses and gardens, Colchester's coast and countryside has a wealth of hidden treasures.