Colchester's Beautiful Borough

The Beautiful Borough - Colchester

Explore the Beautiful Borough

The Borough of Colchester stretches well beyond the town centre, in total covering 135 square miles of coast and countryside, so you'll find plenty to see and do no matter what your interests.

Day-trips to Mersea Island, Constable Country or Colchester Zoo are all popular, as are longer stays in the town which provide the perfect opportunity to explore the surrounding area and discover some of the Borough's hidden gems.

On top of the local attractions, you'll find 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 beautiful borough has a wealth of hidden treasures.

The Beautiful Borough - Dedham

The Dedham Vale: Essex's only Designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and inspiration for artists including John Constable, Britain's greatest landscape painter.

The Beautiful Borough - Wivenhoe
Wivenhoe: A vibrant town, with a strong artistic community based on the River Colne. A morning's walk from Colchester's Town Centre.
The Beautiful Borough - Mersea

Mersea Island: Famous for its oysters and often cut off from the mainland at high tide, explore a small fishing town in the west of the island and rural countryside in the east.

The Beautiful Borough - Tiptree
Tiptree: Famous for Wilkin and Sons Jam and the Little Scarlet Strawberries that inspired them. Perfect for Afternoon Tea.
The Beautiful Borough - The Colne Valley

The Colne Valley: Home of the East Anglian Railway Museum and the nearby Chappel viaduct as well as miles of picturesque Essex countryside.

The Beautiful Borough - The Roman River
The Roman River Valley: Perfect for nature lovers, with two significant Essex Wildlife Trust reserves and Colchester's famous zoo nearby.

Discover more of Colchester

Walking in Dedham
Walks - discover countryside walks, long distance footpaths, and more.

There are plenty of great walks and cycle routes around, whether you are looking for an afternoon stroll, or a cross-country bike-ride. The Colchester Visitor Information Centre in Hollytrees Museum has walking and cycling maps and can help you to plan routes and journeys through the area.

Make sure you make the most of the area and discover Colchester - beyond the town!


Walks in Colchester

Cycling through Dedham. Photo: Visit Essex
Cycling in Dedham