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Lots of wonderful places to discover

Colchester is a historic town and is Britain’s first recorded city, with a rich history dating back over 2,000 years. Colchester is known for its Roman heritage, medieval architecture, and vibrant cultural scene.

The town was once the capital of Roman Britain and was known as “Camulodunum.” Visitors can explore the remains of the Roman walls, which are the oldest in Britain, and visit the Colchester Castle Museum. The museum houses a vast collection of artifacts and exhibits that depict the town’s Roman past, including a Roman chariot and intricate mosaics.

Colchester Castle, situated in the town centre, is a significant landmark. Built on the foundations of the Roman Temple of Claudius, it is one of the largest and best-preserved Norman castles in Europe. Inside, visitors can discover the history of the castle and climb to the rooftop for panoramic views of the town.

The town centre of Colchester features a mix of architectural styles spanning several centuries. Timber-framed houses, medieval buildings, and Georgian and Victorian structures can be found, creating a unique and charming atmosphere.

Colchester Houses
Colchester Church

The High Street offers a superb range of national and independent shops, boutiques, cafes, and restaurants, providing a vibrant shopping and dining experience.

Colchester is also home to several museums and galleries that showcase its cultural heritage. The Hollytrees Museum explores the history of the town and its people, while the Firstsite contemporary art gallery hosts a variety of exhibitions and events.

The Mercury Theatre is a popular venue for theatre productions and performances, and for the film enthusiast, there is the Odeon Cinema and the Curzon Cinema.

Colchester Offices

Colchester Zoo provides a great day out for all the family and this year is the zoo’s 60th birthday and there are events throughout the year to celebrate this milestone.

There are lots of places to visit around the area including Mersea Island which is nine miles north east of Colchester and is famed for its seafront location and seafood restaurants.

Colchester is a town that seamlessly blends its rich history with modern amenities and a vibrant cultural scene. Whether you’re interested in Roman heritage, medieval architecture, art, or simply enjoying the picturesque surroundings, Colchester offers a diverse range of experiences for visitors to enjoy.