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Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre

Church Road, Layer-de-la-Haye, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU

tel: 01206 738172

Centre run by the Essex Wildlife Trust in partnership with Essex & Suffolk Water, at a sight of international importance for winter wildfowl. Nature trails, bird hides, events & shop selling refreshments, gifts, optics & books.

 

Great Wigborough, Essex, CO5 7RZ

tel: 01621 862960

 
Beth Chatto Gardens

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Beth Chatto Gardens, Elmstead Market, Colchester, Essex, CO7 7DB

tel: 01206 822007

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

 
Castle Park and Gardens

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High Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1TJ

tel: 01206 282962

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

 

Colchester, Town Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1

tel: 01206 282920

 
Colchester Castle

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Colchester Castle Museum, Castle Park, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1TJ

tel: 01206 282434

 
Roman Circus Peter Froste CAT

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Roman Circus Walk, Colchester, Essex, CO2 7GZ

tel: 01206 282920

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.

 
Colchester Zoo

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Maldon Road, Stanway, Colchester, Essex, CO3 0SL

tel: 01206 331292

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.

 
Cudmore Grove Country Park

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East Mersea, Colchester, Essex, CO5 8UE

tel: 01206 383868

Cudmore Grove offers visitors a trip to the seaside with a difference at the eastern tip of Mersea Island. The park includes a sandy beach and open grassland, perfect for picnics and great views.

 
Cymbeline Meadow

Cymbeline Way, Colchester, Essex, CO3 4AS

tel: 01206 282920

Cymbeline Meadows is a working farm, providing quiet walks in wonderful wildlife habitats.

 
Carter's Vineyards

Green Lane, Boxted, Colchester, Essex, CO4 5TS

tel: 01206 271136

Forty acre site including seven acres of vines and a variety of trails through woodland, around lakes and wildflower meadows. Self guided tours and tastings of our wines. Winery powered by wind and sun generated energy.

 

Dyke System Celtic/British, Straight Road, Colchester, Essex, CO2 9JD

tel: 01206 282920

A defensive system built to protect Camulodunum dating from around 100BC. Camulodunum was not a town in the modern sense, but was more like a large country estate.

 
Fingringhoe Wick Nature Reserve

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South Green Road, Fingringhoe, Colchester, Essex, CO5 7DN

tel: 01206 729678

Stunning 200 acre nature reserve situated on the banks of the River Colne. Visitor centre includes gift shop, tearoom, toilets and baby changing facilities.

 
Gnome Magic

Old Ipswich Road, Ardleigh, Colchester, Essex, CO7 6HU

tel: 01206 231390

Gnome Magic is an unusual treat. Enjoy the delightful garden which blends into an amazing wood where the growing number of 500 gnomes and their friends live. Guaranteed to bring a little sunshine.

 
Gosbecks Archaeological Park

Maldon Road, Colchester, CO3 4RN

tel: 01206 282931

The Archaeological Park is one of the most significant Iron Age and Roman sites in the country. Enjoy a walk and discover the highlights of the site with the interpretation boards around the Park.

 
Green Island Gardens

Park Road, Ardleigh, Colchester, Essex, CO7 7SP

tel: 01206 230455

20 acres of professionally designed gardens within woodland destroyed by the 1987 hurricane. Now a plantsman's paradise full of unusual plants for all year round colour.

 
High Woods Country Park

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Visitor Centre, Turner Road, Colchester, Essex, CO4 5JR

tel: 01206 853588

370 acres of woodland, grassland and wetland with path network, including circular walks and easy access trail. Visitor centre and interactive displays, rangers organise a range of activities throughout the year.

 
Hilly Fields

Sussex Road, Colchester, Essex, CO3 3QJ

tel: 01206 282739

Situated close to the centre of Colchester, Hilly Fields offers an interesting mix of woodland, undulating paths and fantastic views. Collect a leaflet on the area from Visit Colchester Information Centre.