Colchester For Free

We all know holidays and days out can be expensive, so we've put together a list of great free events, activities and attractions in Colchester to make sure you get the most out of your visit, whatever your budget.

There's plenty of free activities for kids to keep the little ones amused, but also some free events and places to go for adults too. There's plenty for all to enjoy and it doesn't have to cost the earth.

If you can't find what you're looking for here, why not check out our great selection of local walks where you'll discover plenty of local routes to explore. We also have a page dedicated to the great outdoors where you can find local nature reserves and wildlife sites. Or why not simply investigate some of the highlights of Colchester's Coast and Countryside, from beaches at Mersea to picnics in Constable Country - there's plenty of great value to be found when planning days out in.

Free Attractions to Visit

With the exception of Colchester Castle and Hollytrees, all the city centre's museums and art galleries are completely free to enter and explore (although donations are always encouraged). Discover local wildlife in the Natural History Museum, and contemporary art in Firstsite gallery. 

Additionally, much of the city's history and heritage, including St Botolph's PriorySt John's Abbeygate, and most of Colchester's Roman remains are completely free to explore. 

Free Events in Colchester

Be sure to check the Whats On pages to discover more opportunities to explore Colchester for free. You'll usually find plenty of additional activities as well as occasional Free Open Days for attractions that are usually paid for.

Free Attractions