Things to see & do in Colchester
Colchester enjoys Britain's most continental climate - cold winters, hot summers, year-round sunshine and the country's lowest rainfall - which makes it ideal for growing roses and strawberries, and making exceptionally good English wine!
Students from all over the world study at the University of Essex and the English Study Centre, and - due to its excellent transport links - the town is very popular with visitors from the rest of Europe.
Colchester Tourist Attractions:
Colchester Castle Museum , touch, hear and discover the past, the museum is in the castle which has one of the largest Norman keeps in Europe, now a ruin the castle stands on the site of a Roman temple. Chargeable guided tours available.
Leisure World, Cowdray Avenure, Colchester, CO1 1YH, pool spa pool, flume rides, saunas, gym, fitness pool and more. Restaurant & bar.
Hollytrees Museum, High Street, in a Georgian house a vibrant, redeveloped museum, ideal for families, hands on displays and exhibits show the local history, childhood room with snakes and ladders in the floor.
Natural History Museum, in an old church, opposite the park, the natural history of this area of Essex, including the sea. Animals, small nature reserve, shop, etc
Tymperleys Clock Museum, Trinity Street, in a 15th century timber framed house this museum holds examples of the famous Colchester clocks, including the Bernard Mason collection
Rollerworld, Eastgates, Colchester, CO1 2TJ, roller skating rink, with bowling, laser games, shop, cafe, etc.
Colchester Zoo, Maldon Road, Stanway, Colchester, CO3 0SL, lots to see here and a new sea lion enclosure just opened, play areas, shops, cafe, etc. Open: daily except Christmas Day
East Anglian Railway Museum, Chappel Station, Colchester, CO6 1UE, working museum with engines, signal boxes.Steam days.Open: Daily (closed Xmas Day)
Bourne Mill, Bourne Road, Colchester, CO2 8RT, off B1025, National Trust,mill previously a fishing lodge, pond, machinery.
Layer Marney Tower, off B1022. Layer Marney Tower is one of Essex's most famous landmarks. Built during the reign of Henry VIII fine brickwork was used for the construction with splendid terracotta decoration.
Highwoods Country Park, Turner Road, Colchester, CO4 5RJ, off A1232, woodlands, grasslands, and wetlands, all in 330 acres. Walks, visitor centre, activities. Park open all year.
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Hotels in this town
24 hotels in this region
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Muthu Westcliff Hotel (Near London Southend Airport)Southend on Sea
Le Strange Arms HotelHunstanton
Number 10 The AbbeyWymondham
Priory HotelBury St Edmunds
Brome Grange HotelBrome
Cromer Country ClubCromer
Hotel Du Vin CambridgeCambridge
Number 82 The Unthank ApartmentsNorwich
Golden Lion HotelHunstanton
Holiday Inn Peterborough WestPeterborough
Carlton HotelGreat Yarmouth
Heath Court HotelNewmarket
Riverside House HotelMildenhall
The Fellows House Cambridge, Curio Collection by HiltonCambridge
Hilton Cambridge City CentreCambridge
Hampton by Hilton London Luton AirportLuton
Hilton Garden Inn Luton NorthLuton
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