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Colchester Castle Museum
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Castle Park, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1TJ, Tel: 01206 282939, Email,

Colchester Castle is the largest Norman Keep in Europe. Constructed on the foundations of the Temple of Claudius. The Castle Museum today reveals many fascinating layers of history to visitors.

Hollytrees Museum
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Castle Park, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1UG, Tel: 01206 282940,

An important part of Colchester's rich history with three centuries of fascinating toys, costume and decorative arts displayed in an attractive Georgian town house from 1718.


Eastgates, Colchester, Essex, CO1 2TJ, Tel: 01206 868868,

Rollerworld - internationally recognised as the finest roller-skating rink in Europe. Rollerworld has got the lot! 25m x 50m maple floor, spectacular sound and light show. Quasar - 'Simply the Best' - the earth's favourite laser game.

Colchester Leisure World
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Cowdray Avenue, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1YH, Tel: 01206 282000, Email,

Leisure World Colchester is one of East Anglia's largest sports, leisure, recreation and entertainment venues and offers year round fun for all the family. The leisure pool includes outside river rapids ride, water cannons and flumes.

Jump Street Colchester

21 Mason Road, Cowdray Centre, Colchester, CO1 1BX, Tel: 01206 911035, Email

Colchester's first sole-purpose trampoline park. Over 100 interconnecting trampolines create a 20,000 square foot bounce space which includes free-bounce areas, basketball nets, a foam pit and two dodgeball courts.

Natural History Museum
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High Street, Colchester, CO1 1DN, Tel: 01206 282941,

Discover and interesting 'hands-on' perspective on the local natural environment from the Ice Age right up to today. Explore the garden trail and stag beetle exhibition, free entry.

Colchester Zoo
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Maldon Road, Stanway, Colchester, Essex, CO3 0SL, Tel: 01206 331292, Email,

Colchester Zoo is home to over 260 species set in 60 acres of parkland and lakes and are proudly listed as in the top 2 zoos in the UK as part of the TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Attractions.

Childsplay Adventureland

Clarendon Way, North Station, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1XF, Tel: 01206 366566,

Childsplay Adventureland is the premier indoor play facility for under 11's (maximum height 4' 5"). We have special areas for babies, toddlers and youngsters as well as a pleasant atmosphere for parents.

East Anglian Railway Museum
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Chappel Station, Colchester, Essex, CO6 2DS, Tel: 01206 242524, Email,

Located in the lovely rural Chappel Station, the museum brings to life railways in the Eastern Counties since their beginning in the 19th Century, through the glory days of the early 20th Century to the disappearances of the Beeching era.

Fingringhoe Wick Nature Reserve
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South Green Road, Fingringhoe, Colchester, Essex, CO5 7DN, Tel: 01206 729678, Email,

Nature reserve-125 acres of mixed habitat on the Colne Estuary. Nature trails, wheelchair access, bird hides, gift shop and visitor centre with tea room. Friendly atmosphere. Regular events for adults and children.

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Lewis Gardens, High Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1JH, Tel: 01206 577067, Email,

Firstsite is Colchester's contemporary visual arts organisation.

Cudmore Grove Country Park
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East Mersea, Colchester, Essex, CO5 8UE, Tel: 01206 383868, Email,

Cudmore Grove offers visitors a trip to the seaside with a difference at the eastern tip of Mersea Island. The park includes a sandy beach and open grassland, perfect for picnics and great views.

Go bananas
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9-10 Mason Road, Cowdray Avenue, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1BX, Tel: 01206 761762, Email,

Go Bananas Play Centre There is Tiny Town for the under 5's, a 3 storey Aztec Adventure frame for thosed aged 5-12yrs and also a 6m Climbing Wall.

High Woods Country Park
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Visitor Centre, Turner Road, Colchester, Essex, CO4 5JR, Tel: 01206 853588, Email,

370 acres of woodland, grassland and wetland with path network, including circular walks and easy access trail. Visitor centre and interactive displays, rangers organise a range of activities throughout the year.


Tenpin, Cowdray Avenue, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1YH, Tel: 0871 221 0000,

Tenpin Bowling Alley with licensed, late night bar, games machines and Beach Road Café. Cosmic bowling from 8pm Wed-Sun.

ODEON Cinema

ODEON Cinema, Head Street, Colchester, CO1 1NH, Tel: 0870 50 50 007

The newly refurbished ODEON Cinema in Colchester is a fully digital eight screen cinema and includes a large Costa Coffee shop which is located in the centre of the town on Head Street.