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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.

Firstsite

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

Roman River Festival

Roman River Festival

Thu 20 - Sun 30 Sep 2018

Colchester's classical music festival returns, at different venues throughout the town

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Guided Walking Tour

Sat 22 Sep 2018

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

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Guided Walking Tour

Wed 26 Sep 2018

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

Moll Flanders

Moll Flanders

Fri 28 Sep - Sat 13 Oct 2018

Daniel Defoe's classic novel, unfaithfully adapted for the stage.

Raqs

Raqs Media Collective: Not Yet At Ease

Sat 29 Sep - Mon 31 Dec 2018

Exhibition as part of #1418NOW at Firstsite

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Guided Walking Tour

Sat 29 Sep 2018

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

Apple Day

Apple Day hosted as part of National Organic Month

Sat 29 Sep 2018

Free Family activity day at High Woods Country Park's Big Garden

Colchester United Logo

Colchester United v Bury

Sat 29 Sep 2018

League 2 Fixture at the Jobserve Community Stadium

Colchester United Logo

Colchester United v Yeovil

Tue 2 Oct 2018

League 2 Fixture at the Jobserve Community Stadium

Russell Watson

Russell Watson - Canzoni D'Amore

Thu 4 Oct 2018

"The People's Tenor" live at Charter Hall

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Guided Walking Tour

Sat 6 Oct 2018

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

Model Railway Day

Steam Day and Model Railway Show

Sun 7 Oct 2018

Family Fun Day at East Anglian Railway Museum

Jason Manford

Jason Manford: Muddle Class

Fri 12 Oct 2018

Jason Manford's nationwide tour comes to Colchester's Charter Hall

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Guided Walking Tour

Sat 13 Oct 2018

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

Colchester United Logo

Colchester United v Crawley Town

Sat 13 Oct 2018

League 2 Fixture at the Jobserve Community Stadium

Robin Ince

Robin Ince: Chaos of Delight

Tue 16 Oct 2018

Robin Ince mashes up the two cultures of art and science in this celebration of the human mind from Bohemians to Black Holes, Dali to DNA, another of his stand up sort of lectures.

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Guided Walking Tour

Sat 20 Oct 2018

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

Ian and Claire

Rotten Romans and Naughty Normans Walk

Sat 20 Oct 2018

Back by popular demand, especially for October half term, the Rotten Romans, Naughty Normans, and Victorious Victorians family guided walk

Stick Man

STICK MAN LIVE

Mon 22 - Wed 24 Oct 2018

Touching, funny and utterly original, Scamp Theatre’s delightful adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s Stick Man is coming to the Mercury Theatre.

Not About Heroes

Not About Heroes

Fri 26 Oct 2018

Award winnning play at the Mercury Theatre

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