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Colchester Castle Museum

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Castle Park, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1TJ (0 miles, 0 km)

tel: 01206 282939

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 (0 miles, 0 km)

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 (1 miles, 1 km)

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.

Leisure World Colchester

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Cowdray Avenue, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1YH (0 miles, 0 km)

tel: 01206 282000

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 (0 miles, 1 km)

tel: 01206 911035

Jump Street trampoline parks offer jump sessions in Essex, suitable for both adults & children. Jump Street is based both in Colchester & in Chelmsford, also offering adult fitness classes, toddler sessions, special needs support sessions.

Natural History Museum

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High Street, Colchester, CO1 1DN (0 miles, 0 km)

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 (3 miles, 6 km)

tel: 01206 331292

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 (1 miles, 1 km)

    tel: 01206 366566

    East Anglian Railway Museum

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    Chappel Station, Colchester, Essex, CO6 2DS (7 miles, 11 km)

    tel: 01206 242524

    Celebrating the changing role of railways in the Eastern Counties since they arrived in the early 19th Century, through their 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 (5 miles, 8 km)

    tel: 01206 729678

    Stunning 200 acre nature reserve situated on the banks of the River Colne. Visitor centre includes gift shop, tearoom, toilets and baby changing facilities.


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    Lewis Gardens, High Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1JH (0 miles, 0 km)

    tel: 01206 577067

    A spectacular new venue for contemporary visual arts, Firstsite offers a changing programme of exhibitions by international artists, creative events and activities for the whole family, plus talks, films, workshops and more. Entry is free.

    Cudmore Grove Country Park

    Green Flag Award

    East Mersea, Colchester, Essex, CO5 8UE (8 miles, 13 km)

    tel: 01206 383868

    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 (4 miles, 6 km)

    tel: 01206 761762

    Go Bananas is one of the largest indoor adventure play centres in the South East of England with over 20 years of experience in entertaining children and Adults.

    High Woods Country Park

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    Visitor Centre, Turner Road, Colchester, Essex, CO4 5JR (1 miles, 2 km)

    tel: 01206 853588

    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 (0 miles, 0 km)

    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 (0 miles, 1 km)

    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.