Colchester City Centre

A Thriving Hub

At the heart of Colchester encircled by the historic Roman Wall, lies the city centre, a place which has been the focal point of the city’s activities for thousands of years, and today is still a busy, thriving hub with lots to see and do.

As well as exciting opportunities for shopping and food & drink in the city centre, you'll discover the city's key heritage and cultural sites within minutes of each other as well as a host of fantastic places to stay should you wish to take a little longer to explore what Colchester has to offer.

For a comprehensive list of businesses, shops and restaurants in the city centre you may wish to visit In Colchester, a dedicated city centre website set up by Colchester's Business Improvement District.

City Centre Attractions

Historically, Colchester's city centre has largely developed inside the Roman Wall that circled the old city. As a result many of the city's key attractions are within easy reach of each other with any two attractions seldom more than a five or ten minute walk from each other.

Key historic sites including the CastlePriory and the wall itself sit side-by-side more contemporary structures such as the city's modern art gallery and theatre. Similarly, the busy shopping streets of the city centre are a stone's throw from the relative tranquility of the Victorian Castle Park, and the quieter residential streets of the city's historic Dutch Quarter.