The Siege of Colchester - An Historic walk around Colchester reliving the English Civil War Siege

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During the second English Civil War in 1648, Colchester found itself under siege as parliamentarian forces surrounded the town and trapped both Royalist troops and the townsfolk inside for 11 long weeks. Although Boudicca's destruction of the town is more famous, it is the scars from this siege that can still be seen today, and the event itself was to change the towns history and fortunes for years after.

Walk this roughly circular trail, discovering key sites from the Siege, surveying the damage, and unravelling the history. Starting at the Visitor Information Centre you will finish at the Old Siege House, just a short walk (and a steep hill) back to your starting point.

The trail can be downloaded or purchased from the Visitor Information Centre where it is published back to back with a similar trail around Colchester's Roman Walls.

The walk includes some steep hills, and uneven surfaces.

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The Siege of Colchester - Walking Trail

Type:Walking Route

Starting point: Hollytrees House, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1JH

Tel: 01206 282920