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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

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

Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest Colchester

Fri 26 - Sat 27 Oct 2018

Returning for the second year, the world famous Oktoberfest is coming to Colchester.

Spooky Day Out With Thomas

Spooky Day Out With Thomas

Sat 27 - Sun 28 Oct 2018

Kids' activity day at the East Anglian Railway Museum

War Art & Reconcillation

War, Art & Reconcilliation

Sat 27 Oct - Sun 11 Nov 2018

Commemorative art exhibition at the Minories Galleries

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Guided Walking Tour

Sat 27 Oct 2018

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

Colchester United Logo

Colchester United v Lincoln City

Sat 27 Oct 2018

League 2 Fixture at the Jobserve Community Stadium

The Hosepipe Band

The Clocks Go Back -Martin Newell & Hosepipe Band

Sun 28 Oct 2018

Features the legendary Martin Newell with extraordinary musical talents of the Hosepipe Band.

Show Me Love

Show Me Love: Robin S + more

Sat 3 Nov 2018

Club Classics live at Charter Hall

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Guided Walking Tour

Sat 3 Nov 2018

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

Castle Park Fireworks

Colchester Castle Park Fireworks Display

Mon 5 Nov 2018

Colchester's spectacular showpiece Fireworks event returns to Castle Park on November 5th 2018.

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Guided Walking Tour

Sat 10 Nov 2018

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

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Guided Walking Tour

Sat 17 Nov 2018

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

England Logo

England U20s v Germany U20s

Mon 19 Nov 2018

England U20s International fixture at the Jobserve Community Stadium

Jack And The Beanstalk

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.

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

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