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About Colchester

Roman walls, Europe’s largest Norman castle, a medieval priory, Georgian townhouses… Colchester’s history is there to explore, a sea of intertwining eras in what is Britain’s oldest recorded town. But Colchester isn’t stuck in the past, it has embraced the modern with superb art centres, dining, bars and shopping.

With 2,000 years of history to uncover, you can take your pick of ancient sights on a visit to Colchester, but the castle should top your list. Its walls are filled with ancient treasures, from weapons to delicate mosaics and vases. Interactive exhibits bring the past to life, with the chariot race being a particular favourite. Outside, Castle Park has a boating lake, adventure play areas and some beautifully manicured gardens – so bring a picnic!

Colchester Zoo is the other star sight here, with 260 different species, including sea lions, tigers and sun bears, there’s something to thrill every animal lover.


Colchester castle

Must-see Sights in Colchester

  • Colchester Castle Museum
  • Colchester Zoo
  • Thriving shops and restaurants
  • Castle Park
  • Contemporary art at Firstsite

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The beach huts at Mersea Island Beach