Colchester Town Hall

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The Town Hall site has been the focus of civic duties for more than 800 years. Colchester's first Town Hall, called the Moot Hall was built in 1160. The second Town Hall was built in 1844 and was a three-storey structure with a stone faced front.

John Belcher designed the present Town Hall, which was chosen after a competition in 1897. Building work began in 1898 and the building was opened by the Earl of Rosebery in May 1902.

The building design is Baroque and the 162ft Victorian tower was presented by industrialist James Paxman with a statue at the top of St Helena, Colchester's patron saint. The Moot Hall function room houses a custom built organ by Norman and Beard. The Old Library function room, originally Colchester's first town centre public library was designed by Brightwen Binyon of Ipswich in 1894. The Council Chamber has a glorious painted ceiling showing a classical description of the twelve months of the year and the two stained glass windows depicting the Roman history of the Borough.

The Town Hall contains outstanding function rooms that are still used for their original civic purposes and are also available to hire for functions and weddings. The building is open to the public, unless there are any civic or private events taking place. If you would like arrange a group tour of Town Hall with a Blue Badge Guide please contact the Mayoral Officer on 01206 282206 or

The building is also open on Heritage Open Days.

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  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets
  • Facilities for visually impaired
  • Wheelchairs available


  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome


  • Guided tours for groups

Meeting, Conference & Wedding Facilities

  • Facilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitality
  • Venue approved for civil marriage
  • Wedding receptions

Property Facilities

  • Smoking not allowed

Site Features

  • English Heritage Property

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted

Map & Directions


Road Directions

From Colchester Town Station turn right, continue up st Botolphs and Queen Street, at the top of Queen Street turn left onto the High Street. Continue along the High Street and you will see the Town Hall on the right.Accessible by Public Transport: Colchester Town station is 0 miles away.

Colchester Town Hall

Type:Historic Site

High Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1PJ

Tel: 01206 282230

Fax: 01206 762385