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Visit Colchester - Official Colchester Tourist Information Site

Visit Colchester

Visit Colchester - Britain's first Roman city. Watch our film to discover what awaits you.

Colchester in Essex is Britain's oldest recorded town and was the first city and capital in Roman Britain. Its rich history dates back over 2000 years.

But it's not just history. 21st Century Colchester is a thriving, modern town with first class visitor attractions, including the family favourites Colchester Zoo and Colchester Castle, as well as fantastic places to eat, drink and shop.

Poised at the gateway to East Anglia with picturesque villages and only minutes away from the coast, the Colchester area is the perfect destination for a well-deserved short break, day trip or family holiday.


Discover Colchester

What to do in Colchester?

Castle at Night

History & Heritage 

With Roman Ruins, a Norman Castle, and Civil War scars - Colchester's history can be explored without even leaving the town centre, but head further afield and discover even more!

Cudmore Grove Country Park by Visit Essex

Family Days Out 

With both a Zoo and a Castle Colchester is off to a great start for any adventurous children. There's more to see and do whatever the weather, and it doesn't have to break the bank.


Arts & Culture 

With three theatres and several art galleries, including the internationally recognised Firstsite, Colchester is the cultural hub of Essex and the local region.

Cow in river at Dedham Vale

Outdoor Adventure 

Constable Country and Mersea Island are on Colchester's doorstep, as well as several award winning parks, gardens and nature reserves, there's plenty of opportunity to explore the outdoors.

Events in Colchester - Highlights

Courage Calls To Courage Everywhere

Courage Calls To Courage Everywhere

Sat 10 Nov 2018 - Sun 12 May 2019

Art Exhibition at Firstsite

Roman Roadsters

Roman Roadsters Monthly Gathering

Sun 18 Nov 2018

Classic Cars by the TS Colne Lightship

England Logo

England U20s v Germany U20s

Mon 19 Nov 2018

England U20s International fixture at the Jobserve Community Stadium


Bazaar | Art & Food Market

Sat 24 Nov 2018

Art & Food Market in Firstsite

Jack And The Beanstalk


Sat 24 Nov 2018 - Sun 20 Jan 2019

The Mercury panto is back, and this year it’s bigger and better than ever.

Sara Pascoe

Sara Pascoe: Lads, Lads, Lads

Sat 24 Nov 2018

Comedy at Colchester Arts Centre

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Guided Walking Tour

Sat 24 Nov 2018

Guided Tour through the Town Centre. Meet at the Visitor Information Centre

Colchester United Logo

Colchester United v Exeter City

Sat 24 Nov 2018

League 2 Fixture at the Jobserve Community Stadium

Vegan Festival

Essex Vegan Festival

Sun 25 Nov 2018

Popular Vegan Fair at Charter Hall

Colchester Christmas Lights

Christmas Light Switch-On

Sun 25 Nov 2018

Christmas Light switch-on in Colchester

Lion Walk Christmas Lights

Lion Walk Christmas Light Switch-On

Wed 28 Nov 2018

Lion Walk Shopping Centre switch on their Christmas Lights

The Minories Christmas Fair

The Minories Christmas Market

Sat 1 Dec 2018

Christmas Fair at the Minories Gallery

Made in Colchester

Made in Colchester

Sat 1 Dec 2018

Christmas Fair held by local makers at Colchester Arts Centre


Bazaar | Art & Food Market

Sat 8 Dec 2018

Art & Food Market in Firstsite


Festive Day Out With Thomas

Sun 9 Dec 2018

Fun for all the family.

Victorian Christmas

Victorian Colchester at Christmas Themed walk

Sun 9 Dec 2018

During the festive season that they loved so much, join your costumed guide to discover the Colchester that the Victorians knew. Meet at the War Memorial

Colchester Castle at Christmas

FREE Christmas Open Evening

Wed 12 Dec 2018

Free Open Evening at Colchester Castle


The Blockheads

Fri 14 - Sat 15 Dec 2018

The classic English Rock & Roll group play two nights at Colchester Arts Centre

Crouch Street

Crouch Street Christmas Grotto

Sat 15 Dec 2018

Santa visits the St Helena Hospice store on Crouch Street


Festive Day Out With Thomas

Sat 15 - Sun 16 Dec 2018

Fun for all the family.

More events around town

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