A Guide to Colchester

Colchester is one of the oldest towns in the UK, with its quaint tea rooms, artisan bakery’s and larger department stores, including a newly opened Fenwicks, it’s far from shy and retiring.

If you’re venturing out in the fresh air, Colchester has a host of heights and sights to banish those winter blues. So pull on your winter woolies and start exploring.

firstsite, Colchester, Essex.

Culture and Heritage plays an important part in proud Colchester. The town is home to Colchester’s Castle Museum with the largest Norman Keep in Europe as well as Colchester’s Roman Wall, which is the oldest and longest surviving town wall in Britain.


Further afield from the hustle and bustle of tea rooms, shops, department stores, pubs and restaurants, Colchester Zoo is the perfect day out for all the family. Hosting a menagerie of animals, mammals and birds. Open all year round apart from Christmas Day, why not hop along for some fury fun.

Colchester Zoo

Each week the town has its own Farmer’s Market found in the main High Street each Friday and Saturday, selling goods ranging from cheeses and pickles to materials and plants all made by local producers and supporting local trade.

For the thespians amongst you, Colchester’s Theatre, The Mercury Theatre, is worth a trip. Check out its website to find a list of upcoming productions and ticket sales – www.mercurytheatre.co.uk.

If you are already making plans for February half term with the kids, why not add a trip to Colchester on the itinerary? With places to visit such as Beth Chatto Gardens, High Woods Country Park, Gnome Magic and Marks Hall Gardens and Arboretum, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

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Colchester is nestled amongst the beautiful Constable countryside, named after the artist John Constable, whose work includes many landscape paintings of the local area.

Colchester has so much to offer, rich in diversity, it’s impossible to fit it in all in one trip.

If you fancy extending your trip and making a weekend of it, visit www.visitcolchester.com for a list of boutique guest houses, bed and breakfast accommodation plus more stays including self-catering and camping.

Words by Liz Mattock 

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