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 qualified Town Guide.

Join a Historic Guided Walking Tour of Colchester Town Centre, or book onto one of our Themed Tours to discover a special side of Colchester's past.

For groups and school visits, book your own private tour with one of our qualified Guides!

Upcoming tours of Colchester with a Blue Badge Guide

Guided Tours of Colchester

Camulodunum to Colchester

Regular guided walking tours of Colchester run from the Visitor Information Centre, weekly on Saturdays at 11am, with a short winter break in December and in early January.

During the summer months, we run additional tours on Wednesdays during July August and September at 11am, and during June at 5pm.

We also run afternoon tours at 2pm on Bank Holiday Mondays.

These “Camulodunum to Colchester” tours, led by a qualified guide, take you on a 90minute walk through the town centre, introducing you to the town’s history from the Romans until today.

Places are limited on these tours so booking is advised. 

Adults £4.50
Children (aged 5 -15 years) £3.10

Book a place

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.

Other Guided Walks are Available...

As well as the above tours run by Blue Badge Guides you can also find plenty of other tours of Colchester and surrounding areas. Often run by prominent locals, rangers, and enthusiastic amateurs these walks and tours can range from a swift walk through the local scenery to in-depth analysis of local landmarks.