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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

Gin Weekender

Three Wise Monkeys Gin Weekender 2018

Thu 19 - Sun 22 Jul 2018

Gin Festival at Three Wise Monkeys

Al Festo

Al Festo

Fri 20 - Sun 22 Jul 2018

A Beer & Music Festival at the Sun Inn, Dedham

Eight Ash Green

Eight Ash Green Music Festival

Fri 20 - Sat 21 Jul 2018

Music Festival at Fordham Heath Football Field

Marks Hall

Marks Hall Garden and Country Show

Sat 21 - Sun 22 Jul 2018

Family Event at Marks Hall Gardens and Arboretum

Rapture Gaming Festival

Rapture Gaming Festival

Sat 21 - Sun 22 Jul 2018

Gaming Festival at Colchester Charter Hall

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Guided Walking Tour

Sat 21 Jul 2018

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

Colchester Arts Centre

Edinburgh Preview Week at Colchester Arts Centre

Mon 23 - Sat 28 Jul 2018

A week of comedy at Colchester Arts Centre as top acts look to hone their shows in advance of the Edinburgh Festival

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Guided Walking Tour

Wed 25 Jul 2018

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

Colchester Beer & Cider Festival

Colchester Summer Beer & Cider Festival

Thu 26 - Sun 29 Jul 2018

Beer Festival at Colchester Cricket Club

Babe- The Sheep Pig

Babe, The Sheep-Pig

Fri 27 Jul - Sun 26 Aug 2018

The classic children's tale live on stage at the Mercury Theatre

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Guided Walking Tour

Sat 28 Jul 2018

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

New Town

Discovering New Town Themed Walk

Sat 28 Jul 2018

Explore New Town, a “new build” Victorian suburb between Colchester’s industrial port area and the old Garrison,

A Steamy Vintage Encounter

A Steamy Vintage Encounter

Sun 29 Jul 2018

Vintage fun at the East Anglian Railway Museum

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Guided Walking Tour

Wed 1 Aug 2018

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

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Guided Walking Tour

Sat 4 Aug 2018

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

Kentwell - The Hall at War

Kentwell Hall - The Hall at War event

Sat 4 - Sun 5 Aug 2018

A wonderful event illustrating what life what like during WWI & WWII, plus Tudors.

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Guided Walking Tour

Wed 8 Aug 2018

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

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Guided Walking Tour

Sat 11 Aug 2018

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

Round The Island Race

Round Mersea Island Race 2018

Sun 12 Aug 2018

Exciting and Unique sailing race around Mersea Island

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Guided Walking Tour

Wed 15 Aug 2018

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

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