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Abberton Reservoir

Church Road, Layer-de-la-Haye, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU, Tel: 01206 738172, Email, www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir

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.

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  • Rail station: Colchester Town (5 miles)
  • Children welcome
  • Disabled access
 
 
 

Great Wigborough, Essex, CO5 7RZ, Tel: 01621 862960, Email

 
 
Beth Chatto Gardens
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Elmstead Market, Colchester, Essex, CO7 7DB, Tel: 01206 822007, Email, www.bethchatto.co.uk

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

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  • Rail station: Colchester (5 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Disabled access
  • Guided tour(s)
 
 
 
Castle Park and Gardens
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High Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1TJ, Tel: 01206 282962, Email, www.colchester.gov.uk/castlepark

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

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  • Rail station: Colchester Town (0.5 mile)
  • Parking: with charge
  • Children welcome
  • Free entry
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
Colchester

Town Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1, Tel: 01206 282920, Email, www.visitcolchester.com

 
 
Colchester Castle Museum
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Castle Park, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1TJ, Tel: 01206 282434, Email, www.cimuseums.org.uk

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  • Rail station: Colchester Town (0 mile)
  • Children welcome
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
Roman circus by Peter Froste
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Roman Circus Walk, Colchester, Essex, CO2 7GZ, Tel: 01206 282920, Email, www.romancircus.co.uk/

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.

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  • Rail station: Colchester Town (St Botolph's) (0 mile)
  • Children welcome
  • Free entry
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
Colchester Zoo
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Maldon Road, Stanway, Colchester, Essex, CO3 0SL, Tel: 01206 331292, Email, www.colchesterzoo.org

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.

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  • Rail station: Colchester North (4 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
Cudmore Grove Country Park
Green Flag Award

East Mersea, Colchester, Essex, CO5 8UE, Tel: 01206 383868, Email, www.visitparks.co.uk/places/cudmore-grove/

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.

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  • Rail station: Colchester (0 mile)
  • Children welcome
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
Cymbeline Meadow

Cymbeline Way, Colchester, Essex, CO3 4AS, Tel: 01206 282920

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

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  • Rail station: Colchester North (1 mile)
  • Parking: free
  • Free entry
 
 
 
Carter's Vineyards

Green Lane, Boxted, Colchester, Essex, CO4 5TS, Tel: 01206 271136, Email, www.DedhamValeVineyard.com

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.

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  • Rail station: Colchester North (5 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Disabled access
  • Guided tour(s)
 
 
 

Straight Road, Colchester, Essex, CO2 9JD, Tel: 01206 282920, Email

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.

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  • Rail station: Colchester Town (2 miles)
  • Free entry
 
 
 
Fingringhoe Wick Nature Reserve
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South Green Road, Fingringhoe, Colchester, Essex, CO5 7DN, Tel: 01206 729678, Email, www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/fingringhoe-wick

Stunning 125 acre nature reserve situated on the banks of the River Colne. It has a diverse range of habitats and 8 nature watching hides
The visitor centre: includes gift shop, Tearoom, toilets and baby changing facilities

 
 
 
Gnome Magic

Old Ipswich Road, Ardleigh, Colchester, Essex, CO7 6HU, Tel: 01206 231390, Email, www.gnomemagic.co.uk/

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.

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  • Rail station: Colchester (3 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
Gosbecks Archaeological Park

Maldon Road, Colchester, CO3 4RN, Tel: 01206 282931, Email

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, Email, www.greenislandgardens.co.uk

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.

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  • Rail station: Manningtree (4 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Disabled access
  • Guided tour(s)
 
 
 
Hedingham Castle

Baley Street, Castle Hedingham, Essex, CO9 3DJ, Tel: 01787 460261, Email, www.hedinghamcastle.co.uk

In February swathes of snowdrops blanket the moat, and in May bluebells and rhododendrons provide spectacular contrasts of colour and shape.

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  • Rail station: Braintree (0 mile)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
 
 
 
High Woods Country Park
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Visitor Centre, Turner Road, Colchester, Essex, CO4 5JR, Tel: 01206 853588, Email, www.colchester.gov.uk/countrypark

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.

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  • Rail station: Colchester North (1 mile)
  • Parking: with charge
  • Children welcome
  • Disabled access