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Colchester Arts Centre

*TEMPORARILY CLOSED* The home of live music, comedy, theatre, poetry, dance, children's shows,…

Hollytrees Museum

*TEMPORARILY CLOSED* An important part of Colchester's rich history with three centuries of…

The reconstructed starting gates at the Roman Circus

*BACK OPEN FROM 8th AUGUST* The site of the Colchester Roman circus (chariot-racing arena) was…

Bourne Mill

*TEMPORARILY CLOSED* National Trust property, the mill was originally built as a fishing lodge in…

Abberton Reservoir Nature Reserve

*TEMPORARILY CLOSED* Conservation centre run by the Essex Wildlife Trust, at a site of…

The Essex Way

The Essex Way is an 81 mile walk from Epping to Harwich, which will lead you through ancient…

Family Heritage Treasure Trail

One of the best things about Colchester is that there's so much to explore that's completely free.…

Roman Theatre

The theatre mentioned in Tacitus' account of the Boudican attack on Colchester was probably on the…

Tiptree Tea Room, Shop & Museum

Tiptree is the home of the Wilkin family - where from 1885 the first Tiptree jam was made.…

Colchester Heritage Trail

This excellent self-guided walking tour of the Town Centre's key historical sites is available to…

Beth Chatto's Plants & Gardens

World renowned gardens planted by the late Beth Chatto to the mantra of 'right plant in the right…

St Michael & All Angels Church

*TEMPORARILY CLOSED EXCEPT FOR SERVICES* Celebrated 12th century apsidal church with magnificent…

Mercury Theatre

*TEMPORARILY CLOSED* A highly respected regional theatre, home to the critically acclaimed Mercury…

Essex & Suffolk Gliding Club

The Essex and Suffolk Gliding Club was established in the late 1950s. It has had several sites…

Colchester Climbing Project

Essex's only dedicated bouldering centre, Colchester Climbing Project allows you to scale walls up…

JobServe Community Stadium home to Colchester United

Colchester United was formed in 1937 and the club currently plays in League 2. In August 2008 the…

Natural History Museum

*TEMPORARILY CLOSED* Discover and interesting 'hands-on' perspective on the local natural…

Aqua Springs

The ultimate health spa experience. Providing you with a complete environment of rest and…

Colchester Castle

*BACK OPEN FROM 23rd JULY* Colchester Castle is the largest Norman Keep in Europe and houses the…

Fingringhoe Wick Nature Reserve

*TEMPORARILY CLOSED* Nature reserve over 200 acres of mixed habitat on the Colne Estuary. Nature…

The Balkerne Gate

Colchester's Roman Wall is the oldest and longest surviving town wall in Britain.

Jump Street Colchester

Jump Street trampoline parks offer jump sessions in Essex, suitable for both adults & children.…

Dutch Quarter

Located just north of the High Street and includes: Maidenburgh Street, West Stockwell Street, East…

Mersea Island Museum

*TEMPORARILY CLOSED* Exhibits of Mersea's social history, natural history, archaeology and fishing…

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