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Visit Colchester - Official Colchester Tourist Information Site

Visit Colchester

Visit Colchester - Britain's first Roman city. Watch our film to discover what awaits you.

Colchester in Essex is Britain's oldest recorded town and was the first city and capital in Roman Britain. Its rich history dates back over 2000 years.

But it's not just history. 21st Century Colchester is a thriving, modern town with first class visitor attractions, including the family favourites Colchester Zoo and Colchester Castle, as well as fantastic places to eat, drink and shop.

Poised at the gateway to East Anglia with picturesque villages and only minutes away from the coast, the Colchester area is the perfect destination for a well-deserved short break, day trip or family holiday.

 

Discover Colchester

Explore the Beautiful Borough

The Beautiful Borough - Colchester

There's more to Colchester than the historic town centre, with the borough covering more than 135 square miles of scenic Essex coast and countryside.

From island life on Mersea, jam-making in Tiptree, and the heart of Constable Country in the Dedham Vale, there's a wealth of small towns and villages just a short distance from Colchester' town centre, all with their own unique character and stories to tell. Sometimes the smallest villages hold the most unlikely secrets!

Stay a few days and explore the Beautiful Borough of Colchester, and share your experiences with us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook using the #BeautifulBorough hashtag.

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The Beautiful Borough
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What to do in Colchester?

Castle at Night

History & Heritage 

With Roman Ruins, a Norman Castle, and Civil War scars - Colchester's history can be explored without even leaving the town centre, but head further afield and discover even more!

Cudmore Grove Country Park by Visit Essex

Family Days Out 

With both a Zoo and a Castle Colchester is off to a great start for any adventurous children. There's more to see and do whatever the weather, and it doesn't have to break the bank.

Firstsite

Arts & Culture 

With three theatres and several art galleries, including the internationally recognised Firstsite, Colchester is the cultural hub of Essex and the local region.

Cow in river at Dedham Vale

Outdoor Adventure 

Constable Country and Mersea Island are on Colchester's doorstep, as well as several award winning parks, gardens and nature reserves, there's plenty of opportunity to explore the outdoors.

Events in Colchester - Highlights

Lee Scratch Perry

Lee Scratch Perry

Tue 26 Mar 2019

The reggae legend, on stage at Colchester Arts Centre

Kristen Hersh

Kristin Hersh (Electric Trio)

Fri 29 Mar 2019

The former Throwing Muses frontwoman play at Colchester Arts Centre

Camulodunum to Colchester

Guided Walk: From Camulodunum to Colchester

Sat 30 Mar 2019

Guided Walking Tours of Colchester

Gyles Brandreth

Gyles Brandreth: Break A Leg!

Sat 30 Mar 2019

Gyles Brandreth brings his one man show to Colchester Arts Centre.

David Starkey

David Starkey - A Monarchy of Misfits

Tue 2 Apr 2019

The celebrated historianl on stage at the Mercury Theatre

Lee Mead

Lee Mead - My Story: A Dream That Became A Reality

Fri 5 Apr 2019

West End Stories on stage at the Mercury Theatre

Knightzzz at the Museum

Knightzzz At The Museum

Fri 5 - Sat 6 Apr 2019

Sleepover at Colchester Castle

Great Western Railway No. 813

Spring Steam Gala

Sat 6 - Sun 7 Apr 2019

Steam Gala featuring visiting locomotive Great Western Railway No. 813

Camulodunum to Colchester

Guided Walk: From Camulodunum to Colchester

Sat 6 Apr 2019

Guided Walking Tours of Colchester

Guided Walk: Rotten Romans & Naughty Normans

Guided Walk: Rotten Romans & Naughty Normans

Sat 6 Apr 2019

Guided Walking Tours of Colchester

Colchester United Crest

Colchester United v Oldham Athletic

Sat 6 Apr 2019

League 2 fixture at the Jobserve Community Stadium

Caroline's Kitchen

Caroline's Kitchen

Tue 9 - Sat 13 Apr 2019

Searing Comedy on stage at the Mercury Theatre

Camulodunum to Colchester

Guided Walk: From Camulodunum to Colchester

Sat 13 Apr 2019

Guided Walking Tours of Colchester

Flame The Dragon

Meet Flame The Dragon at Colchester Castle

Sun 14 Apr 2019

A dragon has been spotted at Colchester Castle, are you brave enough to come and meet him?

Seann Walsh

Seann Walsh - After This One I'm Going Home

Tue 16 Apr 2019

Stand Up Comedy at Colchester Arts Centre

Sir Ian McKellen

Ian McKellen on Stage

Wed 17 - Thu 18 Apr 2019

Sir Ian McKellen at the Mercury Theatre

Easter with Thomas

Day out With Thomas at Easter

Fri 19 - Mon 22 Apr 2019

Thomas the Tank Engine at the East Anglian Railway Museum

Colchester United Crest

Colchester United v Grimsby Town

Fri 19 Apr 2019

League 2 fixture at the Jobserve Community Stadium

Gary Delaney

Gary Delaney: Gagster's Paradise

Fri 19 Apr 2019

Stand up comedy at Colchester Arts Centre

Bazaar

Bazaar

Sat 20 Apr 2019

Firstsite's monthly art & craft market

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