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Postcode: CO1 | code search
Population: 105000
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Colchester History
Birthplace of:
Roger Penrose Edgell Rickword William Gilbert Darren Day Dermot O'Leary Saskia Clark
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Food Legends:
Colchester Oysters
Hauntings and Ghosts:
Careful in the Kitchen The Spectral Centurion of Mersea Island
Folk Customs:
Choosing Day, Brightlingsea
Kichel throwing in Harwich
Mad Maldon Mud Race
Opening the Oyster Fishery
Plough Monday
The Dunmow Flitch

Colchester Events

Colchester Food and Drink Festival
Colchester's Medieval Oyster Fayre
Little Bentley Hall Waterways & Garden Show

Essex Castle Bike Ride for Marie Curie Cancer Care

Dredging the First Oyster

Colchester Oyster Feast

Colchester Christmas Fair

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Best Western Marks Tey Hotel
"Thiis Hotel is great place to relax staff will go out there way to help .but coffee is not cheap food gone down hill needs to be updated ..." More

Stockwell Arms
"This former dilapidated Admiral chain pub has been transformed over three years into an absolutely unique medieval restaurant and real ale beer hall. Above all it is a family establishment ..." More

Lexden Wood
"Five of us visited this course as part of a weekend away. As we are all fairly new to golf, we found the course interesting and challenging, and apart from ..." More

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"Colchester Zoo - It's great fun for children and adults alike, I took my 7 year old son with me and my partner, there are lots of things to do ..." More

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Latest reviews | Events in Colchester | 10 Places to Stay

Colchester offers visitors a town with almost 2,000 years of history going back to the times of the Roman conquest of Britain and much of a Roman wall built around the town can still be seen. Indeed the Roman invaders suffered one of their worst defeats at Colchester at the hands of Queen Boudica (Boudacea) who famously destroyed their garrison in the town.
Colchester is also home to a fine Norman Castle which houses an excellent museum and stands in the beautiful Castle Park. Also in the town is Tymperleys clock museum, housed in a fine timber-framed building dating back to about 1500, the Seige House which still has bullet holes in it from the time of the English Civil War and Hollytrees Museum dating back to the 1700s.
Many modern attractions are also available, notably Colchester Zoo, Leisure World, Rollerworld, Superbowl and Aqua Springs as well as numerous shops, pubs, restaurants, cafes and nightclubs.
The town can also be used as an ideal base to tour other nearby areas. Within easy reach are the beautiful sandy beaches of Clacton & Walton and the picturesque areas of Flatford & Dedham - known as Constable Country after the artist John Constable. There are many typical English villages such as Lavenham, Coggeshall, Long Melford and Clare. Or maybe you'd prefer a visit to world famous jam makers Wilkins who can be visited at nearby Tiptree and whose jams can be tried in the cafe. Essex Tourism - 0871 716 2199 Calls cost less than 10p per minute


Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre
Beth Chatto Gardens
Bourne Mill
Brightlingsea Museum
Carter's Vineyards
Chappel Galleries
Childsplay Adventureland
Coggeshall Grange Barn
Colchester Castle
Colchester Castle Museum
Colchester Zoo
Copt Hall Marshes
Cudmore Grove Country Park
East Anglian Railway Museum
East Bergholt Place Garden
Feering and Kelvedon Local History Museum
Fingringhoe Wick Nature Reserve
Gnome Magic
Go Bananas

Green Island Garden
High Woods Country Park
Hollytrees Museum
Layer Marney Tower
Marks Hall
Mersea Island Museum
Mersea Vineyard
Natural History Museum
Pam Schomberg Gallery
Quasar at Rollerworld
Red House
Saint Botolphs Priory
Ten Pin
Thorrington Tidemill
Tiptree Tearoom, Museum and Shop
Tymperleys Clock Museum


Premier Inn Colchester Central *book online*
Travelodge Colchester Feering *book online*


Bentley Country Park

Colchester Camping Caravan Park
Fen Farm Caravan & Camping Site
Grange Country Park (The)

Caravan Park

Colchester Camping Caravan Park
Coopers Beach Holiday Park
Fen Farm Caravan & Camping Site
Lodge CL (The)

Care Home

Loganberry Lodge
Tall Trees Nursing Home
The Oaks Care Home


Autism Anglia
Parachute Regimental Association
Royal Association for Deaf People


Odeon Colchester


Dance - Starlight Dancing
Yoga - Natural Therapies


Club Valentino
Hippodrome Nightclub
Route Night Club


Colchester Borough Council


Burger & Pritsos
Dental Surgery
Dr Faghany & Dr Taghavi
Messrs Brodie,Medagama & Maan
Mr McKenzie, Miss James & Mrs Arowojolu


Bateman D J & Partners
Castle Gardens Medical Centre
Dixon N & Partners
East Hill Surgery
Layer Road Surgery

Estate Agent

Abbotts Estate Agents
Chapman Residential
Colchester Business Transfer Agents
Elms Price Maston Property Consultants
Spaull Property Services
William H Brown

Farmers Market

Colchester Farmers Market

Golf Club

Birch Grove

Colchester Golf Club
Lexden Wood
Stoke-by-Nayland Golf CLub

Health and Fitness Club

Clarice House - Colchester
Fitness First Colchester
LA Fitness
Spirit Health Club
The Essex Golf & Country Club
Topnotch Colchester
YMCA – Sports Centre

Holiday Park

Coopers Beach Holiday Park


De Vere Arms Hotel
George of Colchester
Globe Hotel
Kings Arms
Old Courthouse Inn
Red Lion Hotel
Rose & Crown Hotel


Birch Park Car Boot

Colchester Charter Market
Colchester Farmers Market
Shalamar Bazaar Colchester

Pub and Bar

Beehive Public House
Blue Boar
Cambridge Arms
Crown Inn
Dragoon Public House
Foresters Arms
Goat & Boot
Robin Hood
Rovers Tye

Silver Oyster
Spinnaker Inn
Stockwell Arms
Sun Inn
Tap & Spile
The Bricklayers Arms
White Hart Inn
Yates' Wine Lodges Ltd


Ha! Ha! Bar and Canteen
Maharani Indian Cuisine
Na-Ree Thai Restaurant
North Hill Noodle Bar
Old Court Restaurant
Portofino Italian Restaurant
Rovers Tye

The Bricklayers Arms
Yates' Wine Lodges Ltd


Colchester County High School for Girls
Colchester High School
Oxford House
Saint Mary’s School


Featherdown Farm
Gladwins Farm


Budd Martin Burrett
Dennis Brown
Elliott Martin & Co
Fisher Jones Greenwood
Thompson Smith and Puxon


7 24 Travel
A1 Taxis
Colchester Mini Bus Hire

Lexden Executive Cars
Minicab Services
S A S Wheelchair Taxis
Town Cars


Mercury Theatre
University of Essex Lakeside Theatre


Colne Valley Veterinary Practice

Sports Clubs

Ardleigh Sailing Club (Sailing)
Colchester Amateur Boxing Club (Boxing)
Colchester and East Essex CC (Cricket)
Colchester Hockey Club (Women's Hockey)
Colchester Hockey Club (Men's Hockey)
Colchester Judo Club (Martial Arts)
Colchester United (Football)
Colchester United Basketball Club (Basketball)
Mersea Island Rugby Football Club (Rugby Union)
Ten Pin (Bowling)
Wivenhoe Judo Club (Martial Arts)
Wivenhoe Town CC (Cricket)



Red Lion Books
Flower Vogue
Early Learning Centre
Wyevale Garden Centre
The Pet Shop
Elmstead Pets
Whittard of Chelsea
Priory Pharmacy
Bethell & Clark
Sine Seet
Innes Cole
Traders Fair World Shop
J D Sports
Photo Elevate
Carphone Warehouse
Benham Gallery
The Original Art Shop
Chappel Galleries
The Smith Gallery
Foxes Farm Produce
Majestic Wine
Robert Dyas
PC World
Anglia Sports Injury Clinic
Holland and Barratt
Williams and Griffin
Tey Brook Farm
H Samuel
Ernest Jones
Colchester Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic
Edinburgh Woollen Mill
Rowlands Pharmacy
Allen & Son
Phase Eight
J J B Sports
Pets At Home
A Passion 4 Pastry
Tindalls Art & Graphic Suppliers
Gentleman’s Relish
Natural Beauty
Ivory Taylor Health & Beauty
The Food Company
Ambiance of Colchester
Natural Foods
Gary Wilson Photographic
River Island
JoJo Maman Bebe


May Cottage Antiques
Bond S & Son
Colton Antiques


Ministry of Paintball(Adventure)
Colchester & District Archery Club(Archery)
Blackwater Boats(Boat Trips and Cruises)
Indikart Racing Club(Motor Sports)
Longmead Riding Centre(Riding)
High Woods Country Park(Walking)

Places to Stay near Colchester

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Red Lion Hotel (0.29 miles)

Red Lion Hotel

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The Red Lion Hotel is an historical Grade I listed building (1465) located in the town centre of historic Colchester. The hotel is located in the town centre and has excellent transport ... More

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George of Colchester (0.31 miles)

George of Colchester

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A 500-year-old coaching house, steeped in history, located in the heart of Colchester, England's oldest recorded town. Please note the hotel does not have a lift or any rooms on the ... More

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Rose & Crown Hotel (0.71 miles)

Rose & Crown Hotel

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Within walking distance of Colchester town centre, this 14th-century posting house, restored over the centuries, is within easy reach of East Anglia's historic sights.
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Globe Hotel (0.74 miles)

Globe Hotel

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This historic Grade II listed building dating back to 1700 is a 10 minute walk from the town centre and train station, and offers renovated, comfortable interiors. Restored to a high standard, ... More

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Riverside Hotel (0.74 miles)

Riverside Hotel

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With free parking and free Wi-Fi, this Tudor building dates back to 1604 and is situated on the banks of the River Colne, close to Colchester’s town centre and the railway ... More

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Premier Inn Colchester Central (0.85 miles)

Ideally located within easy reach of the A12. Local attractions include a leisure centre and health spa and Colchester castle. Conveniently located for Colchester train station. For shops and local amenities Colchester town centre is ... More | visit website
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Ramada Colchester (2.96 miles)

Ramada Colchester

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The Ramada Colchester is a fine base for exploring Constable Country and the East Anglian coastline. The hotel is convenient for all major routes from London and Harwich and is close ... More

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Pheasant Suites (3.30 miles)

Pheasant Suites

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Pheasant Lodge is situated in the grounds of the non working Balls Farm. The 17th century Farm House is surrounded by fields and wildlife and located less than two miles ... More

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Holiday Inn Colchester (3.48 miles)

Holiday Inn Colchester

The Holiday Inn Colchester is situated in the tranquil village of Eight Ash Green, just outside of Colchester’s busy and lively town centre. Located within easy reach of the A12 from London, the hotel ... More | visit website

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Best Western Marks Tey Hotel (4.84 miles)

Best Western Marks Tey Hotel

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This modern hotel and leisure club, located to the south of Colchester, is the premier hotel in north Essex. The hotel features 110 bedrooms which have been carefully designed with your personal ... More

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