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Bourne Mill

National Trust

Bourne Mill, Bourne Road, Colchester, Essex, CO2 8RT

tel: 01206 549799

National Trust property, the mill was originally built as a fishing lodge in 1591 and features stepped "Dutch" gables. There is a millpond and some of the machinery, including the waterwheel which is still intact and working.

 
Castle Park and Gardens

VistEngland VAQASGreen Flag Award

Castle Park, High Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1TJ

tel: 01206 282962

 
Childsplay Adventureland

Clarendon Way, North Station, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1XF

tel: 01206 366566

 
Colchester Castle Museum

VistEngland VAQAS

Castle Park, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1TJ

tel: 01206 282939

Colchester Castle is the largest Norman Keep in Europe. Constructed on the foundations of the Temple of Claudius. The Castle Museum today reveals many fascinating layers of history to visitors.

 
Roman Circus Peter Froste CAT

Self-assessed Accessibility Information

Roman Circus Walk, Colchester, Essex, CO2 7GZ

tel: 01206 282920

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.

 
Colchester Zoo

VistEngland VAQASSelf-assessed Accessibility Information

Maldon Road, Stanway, Colchester, Essex, CO3 0SL

tel: 01206 331292

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.

 
Colne Valley Railway

VistEngland VAQASEssex Tourism AwardsSelf-assessed Accessibility Information

Colne Valley Railway, Hedingham Station, Yeldham Road, Castle Hedingham, Essex, CO9 3DZ

tel: 01787 461174

Groups will have train rides as requested, a guided tour of the site or they may look round on their own, including visiting a working signal box, museum and model railways and shop. Choice of catering options available.

Coach park: Yes, large free coach park

  • Drop off: Yes
  • Driver: Free admission, use of staff facilities
  • Visit hrs: 52
 
Cudmore Grove Country Park

Green Flag Award

East Mersea, Colchester, Essex, CO5 8UE

tel: 01206 383868

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.

 
East Anglian Railway Museum

VistEngland VAQASSelf-assessed Accessibility Information

Chappel Station, Colchester, Essex, CO6 2DS

tel: 01206 242524

Celebrating the changing role of railways in the Eastern Counties since they arrived in the early 19th Century, through their glory days of the early 20th Century to the disappearances of the Beeching era.

 
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre

Church Road, Layer-de-la-Haye, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU

tel: 01206 738172

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.

 
Fingringhoe Wick Nature Reserve

VistEngland VAQASSelf-assessed Accessibility Information

South Green Road, Fingringhoe, Colchester, Essex, CO5 7DN

tel: 01206 729678

Stunning 200 acre nature reserve situated on the banks of the River Colne. Visitor centre includes gift shop, tearoom, toilets and baby changing facilities.

 
firstsite shop

VistEngland VAQASSelf-assessed Accessibility Information

Firstsite, Lewis Gardens, High Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1JH

tel: 01206 577067

Discover a covetable range of design-led gifts at firstsite's shop, located at the front of the building.

 
Gnome Magic

Old Ipswich Road, Ardleigh, Colchester, Essex, CO7 6HU

tel: 01206 231390

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.

 
Go Bananas Tiny Town

VistEngland VAQAS

9-10 Mason Road, Cowdray Avenue, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1BX

tel: 01206 761762

Go Bananas is one of the largest indoor adventure play centres in the South East of England with over 20 years of experience in entertaining children and Adults.

 
High Woods Country Park

Green Flag AwardSelf-assessed Accessibility Information

Visitor Centre, Turner Road, Colchester, Essex, CO4 5JR

tel: 01206 853588

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.

 
Hollytrees Museum

VistEngland VAQAS

Castle Park, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1UG

tel: 01206 282940

An important part of Colchester's rich history with three centuries of fascinating toys, costume and decorative arts displayed in an attractive Georgian town house from 1718.

 
Jump Street Colchester

21 Mason Road, Cowdray Centre, Colchester, CO1 1BX

tel: 01206 911035

Jump Street trampoline parks offer jump sessions in Essex, suitable for both adults & children. Jump Street is based both in Colchester & in Chelmsford, also offering adult fitness classes, toddler sessions, special needs support sessions.

 
Layer Marney Tower

Essex Tourism AwardsHistoric Houses Association Friends Scheme

Layer Marney, Colchester, Essex, CO5 9US

tel: 01206 330784

Magnificent Tudor building with the tallest Gatehouse in Britain and 16th century Italianate terracotta. Climb the tower, visit the gardens, outbuildings dolls house, church and farm animals. Cafe and shop.