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Colchester : Michelin's recommendations


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.

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Tourist attractions Colchester : Things to see and do

  • Castle Interesting

    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 Interesting

    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 Botolph's Priory

    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.

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Hotels Colchester

  • Wivenhoe House Hotel

    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..

  • Star Anglia Hotel

    Anglia House ,75 North Station Road GB - Colchester CO1 1SB

    Star Anglia Hotel is less than 10 minutes’ walk from Colchester Railway Station and close to the River Colne. It offers modern rooms and a restaurant with a terrace. Each bright room at Star Anglia Hotel has attractive design and colourful fabrics. ..

  • Best Western The Rose & Crown Hotel Three stars Three stars Three stars

    East Street GB - Colchester CO1 2TZ

    Prix Prices from : 63 £

    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 ..

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Restaurants Colchester

  • Le Talbooth Very comfortable and pleasant restaurant 

    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..

  • Milsoms Restaurant within a Michelin recommended hotel (or restaurant) 

    Stratford Rd GB - CO7 6HW Colchester

  • Memoirs Comfortable restaurant 

    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.

  • Crown Traditional and pleasant pubs serving food 

    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..

  • George & Dragon Quite comfortable restaurant 

    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.

  • Sun Inn Traditional pubs serving food 

    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..

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