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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.

Welcome to Colchester! A historic Essex town, Britain's first city and former capital of Roman Britain. Its rich history dates back over 2000 years.

But it's not all about the past. 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

Explore the Beautiful Borough

The Beautiful Borough - Colchester

There's more to Colchester than the historic town centre, with the borough covering more than 135 square miles of scenic Essex coast and countryside.

From island life on Mersea, jam-making in Tiptree, and the heart of Constable Country in the Dedham Vale, there's a wealth of small towns and villages just a short distance from Colchester' town centre, all with their own unique character and stories to tell. Sometimes the smallest villages hold the most unlikely secrets!

Stay a few days and explore the Beautiful Borough of Colchester, and share your experiences with us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook using the #BeautifulBorough hashtag.

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The Beautiful Borough
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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

Easter Trail

Humpty Dumpty's Easter Trail

Fri 12 - Sun 28 Apr 2019

Easter Trail around Colchester Town Centre. With prizes!

Mersea Island Easter Beer Festival

Mersea Island Brewery: Easter Beer Festival

Fri 19 - Mon 22 Apr 2019

Beer Festival on Mersea Island

Easter with Thomas

Day out With Thomas at Easter

Fri 19 - Mon 22 Apr 2019

Thomas the Tank Engine at the East Anglian Railway Museum


Easter Joust! – Knights of Middle England

Sun 21 - Mon 22 Apr 2019

It’s jousting season once again and the grounds of Hedingham Castle are set to ring to the clash of steel on Easter Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday – a medieval spectacular you won’t want to miss!

Camulodunum to Colchester

Guided Walk: From Camulodunum to Colchester

Mon 22 Apr 2019

Guided Walking Tours of Colchester

Ben & Holly

Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom

Tue 23 - Wed 24 Apr 2019

Ben & Holly at the Mercury Theatre

Ruby Wax

Ruby Wax - How To Be Human

Thu 25 Apr 2019

Ruby Wax at the Mercury Theatre

Camulodunum to Colchester

Guided Walk: From Camulodunum to Colchester

Sat 27 Apr 2019

Guided Walking Tours of Colchester

Colchester United Crest

Colchester United v MK Dons

Sat 27 Apr 2019

League 2 fixture at the Jobserve Community Stadium

Castle Park Bandstand

Bandstand Concert: LightTones

Sun 28 Apr 2019

Free concert on Castle Park's Victorian Bandstand


Earthmass + Jotnarr + Bad Stone

Thu 2 May 2019

Metal night at Colchester Arts Centre

Bluebell Bazaar

Bluebells Bazaar

Sat 4 - Sun 5 May 2019

Open Air Bazaar at Green Island Gardens

Children's World

Children's World

Sat 4 - Mon 6 May 2019

Funfair in Castle Park.

Charles Debenham

The Man who Painted Colchester and Sudbury

Sat 4 May - Sun 2 Jun 2019

An exhibition of the work of Charles Debenham at Chappel Galleries

Camulodunum to Colchester

Guided Walk: From Camulodunum to Colchester

Sat 4 May 2019

Guided Walking Tours of Colchester

Castle Park Bandstand

Bandstand: John Seeley’s Jazz and Saxophone Group

Sun 5 May 2019

Free concert on Castle Park's Victorian Bandstand

Ye Olde Albion Music Day

Ye Olde Albion Music Day 2019

Sun 5 May 2019

Free music day in Rowhedge

Camulodunum to Colchester

Guided Walk: From Camulodunum to Colchester

Mon 6 May 2019

Guided Walking Tours of Colchester

Sara Pascoe

Sara Pascoe and Friends

Tue 7 May 2019

Comedy night at The Mercury Theatre

Kate Humble

An Audience With Kate Humble

Wed 8 May 2019

Kate Humble at the Mercury Theatre

More events around town

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