Tours & Sightseeing in Colchester

Discover Colchester's history with an expert guide 

One of the best ways to find out about the dramatic events that have taken place in Colchester is to take a guided walking tour led by a blue or green badge qualified Town Guide.

There are weekly tours departing from the Visit Colchester Information Centre throughout the year, with extra tours in the summer months as well as occasional themed tours covering periods such as Roman Colchester and the Siege of Colchester.

For groups, school visits, or large parties, we can also offer private tours at a date and time convenient for you!

Tours run every Saturday

Guided Tours of Colchester

Our standard "Camulodunum to Colchester" Guided Tour runs from the Visitor Information Centre every Saturday at 11am, from January to November.

During July and August, additional Camulodunum to Colchester tours run on Sundays at 2pm

Afternoon tours run at 2pm on Bank Holiday Mondays.

These tours, led by a qualified guide, give you an overview of the town's history by taking you on a 90 minute walk through the town centre. They cover everything from the Romans to the present day. Places are limited on these tours so booking is advised.

Adults £4.70
Children (aged 5 -15 years) £3.30


Guided Tours coming up....

Themed Tours of Colchester

Throughout 2020 a series of themed walks will run in addition to the regular town tours. These offer a more in-depth look at particular aspects of the town's history, and are again led by our qualified blue or green badge guides on subjects they are both passionate and knowledgable about.

Subject for 2020's programme of walks include Roman Colchester, Walking the town walls, the Siege of Colchester, and Victorian Colchester at Christmas.

We are also offering two walks specifically aimed at children and their families.

Book A Private Guided Tour

Guided Tours

Private tours can be booked through the Visitor Information Centre and are encouraged for parties of ten or more. The tour can be tailored to suit your requirements, both in terms of content and accessibility.

Private tours can be arranged for school groups to tie in with Key Stages 1, 2 and 3 of the National Curriculum and for Scout and Guiding groups. 

We have a limited number of French and German speaking guides.

Please contact the Visitor Information Centre with details of the tour you wish to book. Please include:

Date and time of the tour (tours usually last 1h30)
Number on the tour, and whether participants are adults (16+) or children (4 - 16 years old)
Contact details (Name, Phone, Email, and Name of organisation if relevant)
Any special requirements.

The team at the VIC will then book a qualified Blue or Green Badge Colchester Guide at your convenience. 

Book A Private Tour

Self-Guided Tours

Pick up at Self-Guided Tour

Heritage Trail Self Guided Tour

Self-Guided tour books can be purchased at the Visitor Information Centre for £2.50 and highlight many of the key attractions in Colchester Town Centre.

They are particularly useful for navigating around the maze-like alleys of the Dutch Quarter, ensuring you don't miss any of the sights this fascinating area has in store.

Download a Roman Audio Tour

Roman Colchester Audio Tour
Download a Roman Colchester Audio Tour, courtesy of our friends at Signals Media and listen to the insightful commentary whilst you follow the trail around Roman Colchester.

Start in the park, at the ruins of the Temple of Claudius, and take in sights including the Roman Wall, Theatre, Circus and more!

Discover more walks

Walking in Dedham
View our recommended Walks around Colchester page, and download maps and guides of recommended walking trails.

Explore historic sites, take in some breathtaking scenery, or simply get back to nature with a ramble through the woods.