Things to see and do - Colchester
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Colchester became a Roman colony under Claudius in 50 AD. Its oysters soon became famous, and remain so today. After the Conquest, the town became the site of the largest Norman keep and one of the richest priories in Europe. The oyster remained the main source of wealth until the Middle Ages, when wool took over. Today, Colchester very much epitomises the economically thriving southeast of England.
Tourist attractions Colchester : Things to see and do
st. High GB - Colchester CO1 1TJ
Built with 4-m thick walls on the vaults of the Roman Temple of Claudius, its massive dimensions (46 m by 34 m) are one and a half times those of the White Tower in the Tower of London. It is now a museum housing one of the largest collections in Bri..
Flatford Mill Champ Centre GB - East Bergholt CO7 6UL
Constable's house (his father was a miller), the mill from 1773, the cottage of Willy Lott and the river valley are the subjects of his most well-known paintings, including The Haywain, Boat Building and Flatford Mill.
st. Priory GB - Colchester CO1
Only the skeleton remains of the 12C priory, yet it gives an idea of its size. Built, like the castle, of Roman brick, only the piers, west front (with the earliest circular windows in Britain) and the 37 m nave now remain.
Wivenhoe Park GB - Colchester CO4 3SQ
Surrounded by pretty manicured woodland and tranquil lakes, this 18th-century house is next to the University of Essex campus. It offers a unique brasserie restaurant, luxurious accommodation, free WiFi and free parking on site. Each en suite room a..
A12/A120 Ardleigh Junction GB - Colchester CO7 7QY
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Just 10 minutes from Colchester centre, Dragonfly Hotel Colchester offers spacious rooms with flat-screen TVs. Next to the A12 motorway, there is an on-site restaurant and free parking. Free high-speed WiFi is available throughout the property. The ..
East Street GB - Colchester CO1 2TZ
Situated within a 14th-century coaching inn, the award-winning Best Western Rose and Crown Hotel is located just a 15 minutes’ walk from the centre of historic Colchester. The Rose and Crown offers guests both modern and oak-beamed rooms, which all ..
Gun Hill GB - CO7 6HP Dedham
Delightful hotel restaurant with numerous private rooms and a lovely terrace, in an attractive riverside setting. To celebrate its 60th birthday, it was cleverly and subtly updated, with a zinc bar and stunning Italian chandeliers. Menus are light an..
GB - CO6 4SE Stoke-by-Nayland
Smart, relaxed pub in a great spot overlooking the Box and Stour river valleys. Globally influenced menus feature produce from local farms and estates, with seafood from the east coast. Well-priced wine list with over 25 wines by the glass. Large, lu..
High St GB - CO7 6DF Dedham
Brightly painted 15C pub in the heart of a picturesque village. Relaxed dining room and beautiful wooden bar stocked with real ales and homemade sausage rolls. Hearty, rustic Italian dishes - many available in two sizes - and a large selection of tas..
Stratford Rd GB - CO7 6HW Colchester
Coggleshall Rd GB - CO5 9PL Kelvedon
Bright and welcoming former pub with a sleek, contemporary style encompassing topiary planters, marble tiled floors, antique mirrors and art deco pictures. Simple, well-priced menu with locally caught fish specials. Pretty terrace.
65 West Stockwell St GB - CO1 1HE Colchester
The town's old Victorian library is a grand, impressive place, with high beamed ceilings, wood-panelled walls and a big stone tablet depicting the Great Exhibition of 1853. The equally large menu of classics has Portuguese touches.