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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

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.

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

Lost In Wonderland/Tales from the Greenwood

“Lost In Wonderland/Tales from the Greenwood”

Sat 9 - Sat 23 Mar 2019

An Alice in Wonderland themed Art Exhibition at The Minories Galleries

Ain't Misbehavin

Ain't Misbehavin'

Fri 15 - Sat 30 Mar 2019

The Fats Waller musical on stage at the Mercury Theatre

Hayseed Dixie

Hayseed Dixie

Thu 21 Mar 2019

'Rockgrass' performance at Colchester Arts Centre

Firstsite

Essex Book Festival: Place Weekend

Sat 23 - Sun 24 Mar 2019

A weekend of book related talks and activities in Colchester

Secret Vintage World

Secret Vintage World

Sat 23 Mar 2019

Vintage Fair in Colchester Town Hall

Camulodunum to Colchester

Guided Walk: From Camulodunum to Colchester

Sat 23 Mar 2019

Guided Walking Tours of Colchester

Colchester United Crest

Colchester United v Tranmere Rovers

Sat 23 Mar 2019

League 2 fixture at the Jobserve Community Stadium

Colchester Half Marathon

Colchester Half Marathon 2019

Sun 24 Mar 2019

Half Marathon around Colchester

Lee Scratch Perry

Lee Scratch Perry

Tue 26 Mar 2019

The reggae legend, on stage at Colchester Arts Centre

Kristen Hersh

Kristin Hersh (Electric Trio)

Fri 29 Mar 2019

The former Throwing Muses frontwoman play at Colchester Arts Centre

Camulodunum to Colchester

Guided Walk: From Camulodunum to Colchester

Sat 30 Mar 2019

Guided Walking Tours of Colchester

Gyles Brandreth

Gyles Brandreth: Break A Leg!

Sat 30 Mar 2019

Gyles Brandreth brings his one man show to Colchester Arts Centre.

David Starkey

David Starkey - A Monarchy of Misfits

Tue 2 Apr 2019

The celebrated historianl on stage at the Mercury Theatre

Lee Mead

Lee Mead - My Story: A Dream That Became A Reality

Fri 5 Apr 2019

West End Stories on stage at the Mercury Theatre

Knightzzz at the Museum

Knightzzz At The Museum

Fri 5 - Sat 6 Apr 2019

Sleepover at Colchester Castle

Camulodunum to Colchester

Guided Walk: From Camulodunum to Colchester

Sat 6 Apr 2019

Guided Walking Tours of Colchester

Guided Walk: Rotten Romans & Naughty Normans

Guided Walk: Rotten Romans & Naughty Normans

Sat 6 Apr 2019

Guided Walking Tours of Colchester

Colchester United Crest

Colchester United v Oldham Athletic

Sat 6 Apr 2019

League 2 fixture at the Jobserve Community Stadium

Caroline's Kitchen

Caroline's Kitchen

Tue 9 - Sat 13 Apr 2019

Searing Comedy on stage at the Mercury Theatre

Camulodunum to Colchester

Guided Walk: From Camulodunum to Colchester

Sat 13 Apr 2019

Guided Walking Tours of Colchester

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