Colchester for Groups

Plan a group trip to Colchester to discover a unique mix of the contemporary and historic, with no shortage of nationally important culture and heritage. It's a great place to visit in the East of England.

If you’re organising a group visit to Colchester, here you'll find all the information you need to plan your trip to the town centre and the surrounding area.

Need some advice? Then get in touch with our friendly team and we will help.


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A Great Day Out in Colchester

Plan Your Group Visit

Group Travel in Colchester
Colchester is a great destination for a day trip, and even better for a longer stay. We've got plenty of suggested itineraries to help you plan your visit but if you want to keep it simple then why not follow our three simple steps for a great day trip to Colchester. 

1. Take a Town Tour

Guided Tours

Book a private guided tour with us to see the town, and discover it's history. A perfect way to introduce yourself to what Colchester has to offer, our guides can tailor the tour to meet the needs and interests of your group.

2. Visit an Attraction

Colchester Castle
There's plenty of attractions to visit in town. Why not give your group some free time to pick what suits them? The Historic Castle, Contemporary Art at Firstsite, or a spot of shopping are all great options.

3. Explore Further Afield

Cow in river at Dedham Vale
Colchester is just a short coach journey from the Dedham Vale, a designated area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, or the coast at Mersea Island. Attractions such as Beth Chatto Gardens and the East Anglian Railway Museum are also nearby.

Stay a while longer

Group Accomodation

Bed in Le Talbooth
Choose from a great range of accommodation providers that cater for large groups.

Suggested Itineraries

Firstsite Art Gallery
Discover some popular and fun ways to spend your time in Colchester with our suggested Itineraries 

Get In Touch With Us

Colchester VIC in Hollytrees Museum
Why not run your plans by us? We speak to dozens of Group Travel Organisers throughout the year, and can help you ensure your visit goes without a hitch. Email us, or call on 01206 282920.

Great Places to Visit in and around Colchester

Dedham

Dedham

Dedham

Set by the River Stour, Dedham is in the heart of Constable Country. It was here that Britain's greatest landscape artist went to school.

Balkerne Gate

Roman Wall/Guard Room/Triumphal Arch

Colchester

Colchester's Roman Wall is the oldest and longest surviving town wall in Britain.

Brightlingsea

Brightlingsea

Brightlingsea

The town of Brightlingsea - the only Cinque port outside Kent and Sussex, a centre for all things nautical.

Manningtree

Manningtree

Manningtree

Welcome to Manningtree, a gateway to Constable country and more... As England's smallest town - at just over 19 hectares - Manningtree is small but packs in a great deal for residents and visitors alike.

Castle Hedingham

Castle Hedingham

Castle Hedingham

A picturesque village with narrow winding streets lined with timber-framed buildings and elegant Georgian houses.

Hollytrees Museum

Hollytrees Museum

Colchester

An important part of Colchester's rich history with three centuries of fascinating toys, costume and decorative arts displayed in an attractive Georgian town house from 1718.

The Minories

The Minories Galleries

Colchester

The Minories Galleries is a professional contemporary art gallery run in conjunction with Colchester School of Art & Design and Media.

Colchester Zoo

Colchester Zoo

Colchester

Colchester Zoo is home to over 260 species set in 60 acres of parkland and lakes and are proudly listed as in the top 2 zoos in the UK as part of the TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Attractions.

Roman Circus Peter Froste CAT

Colchester Roman circus centre

Colchester

The Colchester Roman circus (chariot-racing arena) was discovered in 2005. It was built in the early 2nd century AD and seems to have been in use for about 150 years. It is the only known Roman circus in Britain.

Castle Park and Gardens

Castle Park

Colchester

Colchester's Castle Park provides a perfect setting for a huge range of events including shows, festivals and concerts.

firstsite, photo: Richard Bryant, arcaidimages.com

Firstsite

Colchester

A spectacular new venue for contemporary visual arts, Firstsite offers a changing programme of exhibitions by international artists, creative events and activities for the whole family, plus talks, films, workshops and more. Entry is free.

Natural History Museum

Natural History Museum

Colchester

Discover and interesting 'hands-on' perspective on the local natural environment from the Ice Age right up to today. Explore the garden trail and stag beetle exhibition, free entry.

Mersea Island

Mersea Island

Mersea Island

Britain's most easterly inhabited island, home to the settlements of East and West Mersea. It is accessed by 'The Strood' - a causeway which at high tide floods, making the island separate from the mainland.

Wilkin and Sons

Wilkin and Sons Ltd

Colchester

Over 50 years ago, John Wilkin began collecting the paraphernalia of preserve making and Essex village life.

Coggeshall

Coggeshall

Coggeshall

Eight miles to the East of Braintree lies Coggeshall a lovely little 'olde worlde' town with a lot to offer.

Beth Chatto Gardens

Beth Chatto Gardens

Colchester

2.5 hectares (6 acres) of gravel, water and woodland gardens, a large modern tea room and plant nursery.

Bourne Mill

Bourne Mill

Colchester

National Trust property, the mill was originally built as a fishing lodge in 1591 and features stepped "Dutch" gables. There is a millpond and some of the machinery, including the waterwheel which is still intact and working.

Wivenhoe

Wivenhoe

Wivenhoe

Set on the wooded slopes of the River Colne, Wivenhoe has attractive old inns and a pretty quayside.

St Botolph's Priory

St Botolph's Priory, Colchester

Colchester

The first English Augustinian priory church, founded at the end of the eleventh century from the Anglo-Saxon minster community of Colchester. Only the ruined remains of the nave survive today, under the care of English Heritage.

Coach Parking in Colchester

Coach Drop Off #1

Coach Parking - High Street
Drop Off / Pick Up on Colchester High Street (Postcode: CO1 1TH). Perfect for visiting Colchester Castle.

Coach Drop Off #2

Coach Parking - East Hill
Drop Off / Pick up on East Hill (Postcode CO1 1UE). Perfect for visiting Firstsite or The Minories

Coach Parking

Sheepen Road Lorry Park

Drop off your passengers and park a short walk from the town centre at Sheepen Road Lorry Park (Postcode CO3 3LE)

More Information

For more information or further questions about Coach Parking in Colchester coach operators can contact Colchester Borough Council on 01206 282316 or email parking@colchester.gov.uk for further information.

Information about Coach Parking in Dedham can be found here.

Information about Coach parking in Mersea can be found here.

Please contact individual attractions for the most appropriate local parking arrangements.