Historic Colchester sits within Essex’s north-east corner close to the coast. It is perhaps most famous for its centrepiece Colchester castle, built on the foundations of a Roman temple. The town has long been a popular destination for weekends away thanks to its close proximity to the seaside and rich heritage dating back over 2,000 years. It is in fact thought to be the UK’s oldest recorded town. Tourists flock to see the town’s many interesting artefacts and architectural features including the Roman Room and Triumphal Arch and St John’s Abbey Gate.
Popular sightseeing locations and landmarks include the medieval ruins, Roman wall, Roman Circus Centre and St Botolphs Priory, providing plenty of food for thought for history buffs. Nearby you can explore the beautiful Beth Chatto gardens, Bridge Cottage and the picturesque surrounding scenery known as ‘Constable country’ - named after the famous painter who depicted much of the area as part of his life’s work. For families there’s also plenty to see and do – thanks to Colchester Zoo, Colchester FC and Hollytrees Museum.
The historic town is brimming with character and personality, thanks to its narrow, winding streets filled with high streets shops and independent boutiques. In the famous Dutch Quarter just north of the high street quaint churches and timber framed tudor houses so-called after members of the Jewish community inhabited the area after the second world war.
Colchester can easily be reached via rail, coach and bus. Air links are also available with London Stansted just 50 minutes away by road.