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Visit Colchester - Official Colchester Tourist Information Site

Visit Colchester

Colchester in Essex is Britain's oldest recorded town and was one of the most important settlements 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

Europe After The Rain

Europe After the Rain

Fri 25 May - Sat 9 Jun 2018

New writing at the Mercury Theatre

Greystock

Greystock Music Festival

Sat 26 - Sun 27 May 2018

Music Festival in Wivenhoe

Mersea Food & Drink Festival

Mersea Food & Drink Festival

Sat 26 - Sun 27 May 2018

Food & Drink Festival on Mersea Island

Secret Vintage World

Secret Vintage World

Sat 26 May 2018

Vintage Fair in The Minories Art Gallery

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Guided Walking Tour

Sat 26 May 2018

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

Transport Extravaganza

Transport Extravaganza

Sun 27 - Mon 28 May 2018

Bank Holiday Fun at the East Anglian Railway Museum

Hospital Radio Funday

Hospital Radio Colchester Fun Day

Mon 28 May 2018

Family Fair in Castle Park

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Guided Walking Tour

Mon 28 May 2018

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

Real Ale Festival

33rd Colchester Real Ale & Cider Festival

Tue 29 May - Sat 2 Jun 2018

Open from 12noon until 11pm everyday

Danny Baker

Danny Baker

Fri 1 Jun 2018

The well-loved raconteur and radio personality on stage at Charter Hall

Colchester Medieval Fayre

The Colchester Medieval Fayre & Oyster Market

Sat 2 - Sun 3 Jun 2018

Medieval Fayre in Castle Park

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Guided Walking Tour

Sat 2 Jun 2018

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

The Play That Goes Wrong

The Play That Goes Wrong

Mon 4 - Sat 9 Jun 2018

The smash-hot comedy returns to the Mercury Theatre

Camulodunum to Colchester

Summer Evening Walk: Camulodunum to Colchester

Wed 6 Jun 2018

Early evening Guided Tour through the Town Centre

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Guided Walking Tour

Sat 9 Jun 2018

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

Gun Battery

HM The Queen's Birthday Royal Gun Salute

Sat 9 Jun 2018

A 21-gun Royal Gun Salute to mark HM The Queen's Official Birthday in Lower Castle Park. Spectator viewing from the Upper Park.

Pipes In The Park

Pipes In The Park

Sun 10 Jun 2018

Scottish Fair in Castle Park

Camulodunum to Colchester

Summer Evening Walk: Camulodunum to Colchester

Wed 13 Jun 2018

Early evening Guided Tour through the Town Centre

The Gruffalo's Child

The Gruffalo's Child

Fri 15 - Sun 17 Jun 2018

Children's Theatre at the Mercury Theatre

Steps

Steps + Blue

Sat 16 Jun 2018

90s Pop Legends live in Castle Park

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