Explore Colchester

From the rich history of the town 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 town, or head further afield to explore untouched countryside, picturesque villages and hidden gems.

Britain’s First City

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

Mersea - Boats at Low Tide

Discover Colchester's History

A Historic Town

Colchester is a fantastic town for anyone with an interest in history. Get aquainted with the main historical events in Colchester Castle Museum and then explore the historic sites that still stand today. There's plenty of maps and guides available to help you on your way too.


Explore the Beautiful Borough

Viaduct at Chappel in the Colne Valley

The Borough of Colchester

A trip to Colchester needn't be confined to the historic town centre. The borough of Colchester holds many surprises and delights waiting to be discovered. From the coast at Mersea Island to scenic Constable Country, a short journey outside the town can transform your visit from an urban adventure to an enlightening exploration of the Essex countryside.

Cow in river at Dedham Vale

Dedham and Constable Country

The picturesque Dedham Vale is an area of outstanding natural beauty and has long been an inspiration for artists, not least John Constable whom the area is now affectionately named after. Visit the National Trust owned Flatford Mill, or take a trip to the Munnings Gallery to see the work of another artist inspired by the region: Sir Alfred Munnings

Boats off Mersea Island

Mersea Island

Divided into the rural East Mersea, and small town of West Mersea, Mersea Island is a fantastic place to explore. The wild beaches in the East make way for sandier shores as you head westwards, with pastel coloured beach huts a sight to behold. Famous for its Oysters, you can find acclaimed restaurants serving seafood with the waves practically lapping at their doors. Be careful though, if you don’t check the tides you may find yourself cut off from the mainland for an hour or so!



A small town on the outskirts of Colchester situated on the banks of the river Colne, Wivenhoe has a healthy student population and a strong creative community. There are several wonderful pubs and restaurants, and some beautiful walks in the nearby area, not least the Wivenhoe trail which leads you on a riverside path back to Colchester Town Centre.

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