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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

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

Wildlife Fair August 2018

Wildlife Fair

Tue 21 - Wed 22 Aug 2018

Wildlife-filled day for families at the beautiful Beth Chatto Gardens

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Guided Walking Tour

Wed 22 Aug 2018

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

Clacton Airshow

Clacton Airshow

Thu 23 - Fri 24 Aug 2018

A two day event, showcasing spectacular flights, as well as twilight flights on the Thursday evening.

August Thomas

August Day Out With Thomas

Sat 25 - Mon 27 Aug 2018

Kids' activity day at the East Anglian Railway Museum

Dedham Vale Vineyard Festival

Dedham Vale Cider & Wine Festival

Sat 25 - Sun 26 Aug 2018

Family Festival at Dedham Vale Vineyard

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Guided Walking Tour

Sat 25 Aug 2018

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

Abbey gateway

The Siege of Colchester. Themed Walk

Sat 25 Aug 2018

Travel back to 1648 when the Civil War raged and Colchester lay under siege for 11 weeks

Simple Minds, The Pretenders and KT Tunstall

Simple Minds + The Pretenders + KT Tunstall

Sun 26 Aug 2018

Three iconic pop acts hit the stage in Colchester as part of a Nationwide Tour.

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Guided Walking Tour

Mon 27 Aug 2018

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

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Guided Walking Tour

Wed 29 Aug 2018

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

Invasion Colchester 2018

Invasion Colchester 2018

Sat 1 Sep 2018

Sci-Fi takeover of Colchester Town Centre

Bourne Mill

Bourne Valley Crafter's Autumn Fair

Sat 1 Sep 2018

Craft Fair at Bourne Mill

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Guided Walking Tour

Sat 1 Sep 2018

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

Roman wall

Uncovering Roman Colchester. Themed Walk

Sat 1 Sep 2018

Follow in the footsteps of the Emperor Claudius and Queen Boudica as you discover Colchester’s fascinating Roman history.

Suffolk Horse Show

Suffolk Horse Show

Sun 2 Sep 2018

Suffolk Punch Show at Marks Hall Gardens

Kite Festival

Kite Festival

Sun 2 Sep 2018

Spectacular Kites to watch or fly your own

Chappel Beer Festival

Chappel Summer Beer Festival

Tue 4 - Sat 8 Sep 2018

Beer Festival at the East Anglian Railway Museum

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Guided Walking Tour

Wed 5 Sep 2018

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

Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Weekends 2018

Thu 6 - Sun 9 Sep 2018

Discover Colchester's heritage with FREE activities and entry into historic buildings

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