Things to see and do - Colchester
Colchester Travel guide
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.
Tourist attractions Colchester : Things to see and do
High Street 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..
Priory Street 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.
GB - Colchester CO1 1UP
The 3 m-thick Roman walls encircling the town centre are made of cemented stone between brick bonding courses. They are best viewed from Balkerne Hill , where Balkerne Gate, with arches and flanking towers, extends 9 m in front of the wall.
2 North Station Rd GB - Colchester CO1 1RB
With free parking and free Wi-Fi, this Tudor building dates back to 1604 and is situated on the banks of the River Colne, close to Colchester’s town centre and the railway station. Originally built in the 17th century, the Riverside Hotel has 18 en ..
Old Ipswich Road, A12/A120 Ardleigh Junction GB - Colchester CO7 7QY
Just 10 minutes from Colchester centre, Quality Hotel Colchester offers spacious rooms with free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs. Next to the A12 motorway, there is an on-site restaurant and free parking. The bright and airy bedrooms at the Quality Hotel ..
Ipswich Road GB - Colchester CO4 9WP
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Just off junction 29 of the A12 and less than 3 miles (5 km) from the very heart of Colchester's town centre, the hotel offers comfortable, great-value rooms and free parking. The Premier Inn Colchester North/A12 has a convenient location for both b..
Gun Hill GB - Dedham C07 6HP
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..
Stratford Rd GB - Dedham CO7 6HW
High St GB - Dedham CO7 6DF
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..
4-6 Stoneham St GB - Coggeshall CO6 1TT
Characterful 16C building in the market square; its walls packed with pictures and prints. Passionate chef uses quality local produce to create neatly presented, seasonal dishes with modern touches. Friendly service.
GB - Stoke-by-Nayland CO6 4SE
Smart, relaxed pub in a great spot overlooking the Box and Stour river valleys. Globally influenced menus feature the latest produce from local farms and estates, with seafood specials sourced from the east coast. Well-priced wine list with over 25 w..
Coggleshall Rd GB - Kelvedon CO5 9PL
Clean, bright and welcoming former pub with a sleek, contemporary style, encompassing topiary planters, marble tiled floors, antique mirrors, and art deco pictures and statuettes. Simple, well-priced menu with locally caught fish specials. Pretty ter..