Colchester Travel Guide

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Colchester Things to Do

  • Roman & Medieval Colchester

    There are huge sections of the Roman Wall that can still be seen throughout the town. There is so much to see in this town so would suggest referral to the web site as below. A huge section of the wall can be seen on Baulkan Hill and whilst there why not call in for a lunchtime pint at the Hole in the Wall In the evening this is not the pub for you...

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  • Colchester Castle

    This castle with its museum has artifacts dating back through its history of around the pre Roman era AD40

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  • Hot Air Ballooning

    Enjoy the amazing views over Britain's oldest recorded town from the comfort of a hot air balloon. Depending on which way the wind is heading you may float over many of the countryside towns and villages in Essex - a spectacular day out.

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  • Colchester Zoo

    Colchester Zoo has some of the best cat and primate collections in Europe. See a White tiger eye to eye in White Tiger Valley, or get closer to the Zoo's Chimpanzees at Chimp World. Other award winning enclosures include Penguin Shores for the breeding group of Humboldt's Penguins, Serengeti Plains for African lions and Kingdom of the Wild for...

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  • Visit the Zoo

    You will not be disappointed with a visit to this lovely zoo. They really do give their animals the best habitat possible. Each time I go back, I can see where the money has been spent. There are a lot more picnic tables and benches to sit and relax on(update 2009) and there are plants and shrubs everywhere, and this time I went (April 2009, ) the...

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  • History in abundance....

    As a city destination for a history vulture, a day trip or weekener to Colchester is worth investigating. It has the longest recorded history of any town in England. Even the historian Tacitus makes mention of it (he would have been great as a VT member). Roman remains therefore abound, although the most important 'must see' is the Norman Castle....

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Colchester Restaurants

  • 1940's themed tearoom...

    Jacqueline's Tea Room opened in March 2014Within a month it has developed a dedicated group of regular customers & developed a reputation for providing traditional English teas within a 1940's setting...The interior decor really is convincing, with many 1940's ornaments, & my favourite, a bakelite radio, from the era when the wireless was a special...

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  • Timbers

    A lovely little café on a side street in the centre, we stopped by this place for a small bite and a drinkHot chocolate was good and the onion, cheese and garlic bread was divine, plus the ham and cheese toastie was great with thick cut ham.£13 in total friendly staff and a nice ambience in an old beamed building

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  • Recommend you have an Indian

    Although I live in Vancouver Canada, I do try to make it to the Raj Palace Restuarant whenever I am in the UK, as to me it still has one of the best indian meals anywhere in the world and that includes India! I first started to visit when it opened back in the 1980's and recently called in at the end of August 2011 to have dinner there which, as...

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  • Thai food

    I'm aware that Thai food is best eaten in Thailand but 'The Thai Dragon' is one of the better places to eat in Colchester for tasty food, a welcome atmosphere and good service. Volcano chicken is full of flavour a little hot and awakens your senses!

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  • Clean, Tasty, bit trendy

    This breakfast restaurant is exactly in front Adam's home, the place where we used to stay. Usually you never go in a place too much near your home (well, that's how i usually do), but my english friends suggested me to eat a breakfast at Appetites... It was really delicious... English Breakfast

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  • So tasty indian

    Maybe was too late but there was no people eating at this restaurant that night. Just us... Anyway, food was fantastic, and prices really good. So many dishes, we couldn't eat all... we took home all the rest of the food... those special onions... don't ask me to remember that name

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Colchester Nightlife

  • Don't judge a book by its cover...

    Ive worked in many clubs across Essex & London and for me, The Silk Road is right up there with the best. Each club has its downfalls and no club is perfect, but The Silk Road is given a lot of unfair criticism in my opinion. Ive worked in the industry & in this town for over 8 years, in pretty much every role possible so I'd like to think I know...

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  • Late Night rejection

    Well, I have no excuse really. I was warned about this place, I was told it was rough, dirty and the worst place to go in Colchester, bar the STI clinic on a Saturday morning. It would seem most people had the opinion that Route in Colchester was not far off being crammed in a chlamydia infested waiting room. However; on our way through town,...

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  • Investment Pours in to Liquid Refurb

    INVESTMENT POURS INTO LIQUID REFURBThe launch of the new Liquid and Envy nightclub in Colchester is to receive another £1m investment.It was originally reported that the venue, which replaces the Hippodrome, would receive £1/2m but management have received confirmation of a complete £1.5m investment to completely transform the venue. Colchester’s...

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Colchester Transportation

  • Travelling around the town...

    The best way to travel around Colchester is by bus, you can buy a day ticket for around £3.40 and it will get you most places in the town. If you are staying in the centre everything is within walking distance.

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  • England's worst bus station?

    Colchester bus station is 1 of the embarassments of public transport in UK - giving foreign visitors the impression they've arrived in a 3rd world banana republic. NO digital timetable - no sector map to inform as to what service leaves from which bay - inadequate shelters over bays & no waiting room, so on rainy days, passengers just get soaked....

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  • Trains to Colchester

    Colchester has two stations. Colchester itself is a major station on the line from London that serves Ipswich, Harwich and Norwich. Colchester Town is a small station tucked away on the other side of the town centre. It is much closer to the centre of Colchester, but you usually have to change at Colchester and there are only two trains an hour. I...

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Colchester Shopping

  • A REAL Grocer...

    H. Gunton has been trading as a grocer in Colchester since 1936It soon became known as 'the house for coffee', & 'the shop window which can be smelt faraway', because of the aroma of roasting coffee beans...As well as being famous for its worldwide blends of coffee, H. Gunton developed a reputation for curing ham on the premises, producing fine...

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  • Shopmobility

    Colchester has a shopmobility scheme that provides hand propelled and electric wheelchairs and electric scooters to help people with limited mobility to shop and enjoy the facilities in the town centre. You do need to register as a member of Shopmobility before using any of the equipment.opening hoursMonday to Friday 10a.m. - 4.pm.You will need to...

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Colchester Warnings and Dangers

  • City of roundabouts...

    Colchester has been planned by a council who have a compulsive-obsessive drive to put roundabouts in every conceivable junction...There is no way into or out of the town, without having to negotiate a ridiculous quantity of them, in fact, at the 5 road junction at the top of Clingoe Hill, there are 5 concentric mini-roundabouts!Approach from other...

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  • Colchester City?

    Colchester is a repeat applicant to have its town status uprated to that of a city - it's 1 of the fastest growing urban sprawls in the country, & is already bigger than some official UK cities...But what does this mean for the town's surrounding area?I can still recall when places such as Rowhedge, Stanway, & the Hythe, were separate places, each...

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  • the terrible chaquetero wellqueda

    is it a lentil dish or honey? we are still waiting you to decide in public . . . but whilst so happy as the teruel's lovers

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Colchester Tourist Traps

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    by arturowan Written Nov 8, 2013

    Firstsite is Colchester's megabuck arts facility, that was supposed to put the town on the map & support its claim to city status...
    It's set inside an ultra-modern building, that's an acquired taste to look at, & which cost more than its originally allotted £10million budget, & took a year longer than forecast, to complete...
    In other words, a typical public sector spending spree, of the sort that justifies my contention that Britain is more Soviet than the Soviet Union, but with less of the advantages if you cannot gain employment in the public sector...
    Colchester already had art galleries, for those who wished to visit them, so just why all this time & money had to be devoted to the Firstsite project, is a cause to ? what democracy really means...
    A lot of folk might be impressed by the place, but neither they, nor its critics, were consulted about it, even though it's all supposed to be in aid of the public education & appreciation of the arts...
    I'm an artist myself, so I'm not writing this in an anti-arts tirade, but it does bother me that so much public sector funding goes towards art(y) projects, such as ugly modernist sculptures, that 99% of the population despises...

    Unique Suggestions: It's free to enter, so make the most of it - your taxes paid for it...

    Fun Alternatives: Colchester has many small galleries, not least of which is The Minories, right next door to Firstsite...

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Colchester Off The Beaten Path

  • Colchester Zoo

    It might seem strange to include this tip in 'off the beaten track', but so-called 'Colchester Zoo' was originally known as Stanway Zoo, because that is where it is located!Stanway is 1 of the places that was once a place in itself, but has now become inseparable from the greater suburban sprawl of Colchester, which is confusing for visitors who...

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  • Tiptree Jam

    Famous worldwide for its jam, you can visit the museum, jam shop and tearooms for free.There is 61 acres of heath land to explore and it is the largest surviving fragment of heathland in Essex and is a site of special scientific interest.About 10miles from Colchester

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  • Quaint village...

    Dedham is a small riverside village at the heart of Constable Country.You can hire a rowing boat and take a trip down the River Stour, take a stroll down the river to either Flatford Mill or Manningtree or just look round the local shops and art centres.Can be reached from Colchester by bus.

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Colchester Sports & Outdoors

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    Colchester Judo Club (CJC) has been teaching Judo to the residents of Colchester since 1974, welcoming individuals of all abilities and enabling them to sample a unique and enjoyable sport.

    Their mission statement is very simple:

    "We wish to share our love of Judo with others, to teach Judo to a high standard, to maintain a well run non-profit making Club for the benefit of our members, and most importantly to have fun whilst doing so."

    The Club has recently gone from strength to strength with support from the BJA, the coaches and the Club's supporters. They have successfully moved to a new venue, purchased new mats and promoted the Club throughout the local area.

    They offer one of the largest and newest mat areas in the local area, based in a bright and modern dojo with excellent facilities, including plenty of free parking.


    Colchester Judo club has been in the town for well over 30 years, and for a good number of these earlier years, was under instruction and development by Dave Greenall and Jack Garrington and held at the Sports Centre in Cowdray Avenue. Two of the most influential instructors through these years was Gary Martina who coached the childrens elite squad and Dave Martin 6th Dan and who was, up to retiring from refereeing in 2011, Britain's most highly ranked IJF referee and who is currently the senior coach of Ipswich Judo Club. The current senior Sensei of CJC is the very welcoming Tony Boyd who took over the instruction of the club from Dave's son, Cliff Greenall at the turn of the Millenium
    Regular training sessions are held in a recently built activity room on the St. Mary's site, with ample free parking facilities and an extensive mat area covering an impressive 120 Square Metres, in a striking blue and yellow.

    The Club has Sport England Bronze Clubmark and SportSX accreditation, CRB checked instructors who regularly attend courses to ensure that the wellbeing and safety of our members is observed.

    Visitors are always welcome to the Dojo which can be found at their new address of St. Mary's School, 91 Lexden Road, Colchester CO3 3RB. For times and dates see website

    Equipment: If no Judo gear, an old sweat, or T shirt is fine with old track suit pants to try out this great sport

    Tony Boyd & me prior to our grey hair setting in!

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Colchester Favorites

  • History!

    Colchester is rammed full of historical places of interest, the Roman Castle being the obvious one, for all the information you need on the attractions and sites to see in Colchester use this webpage:www.colchester.uk.com/history.htm or try this one for some photos: www.beenthere-donethat.org.uk/colchester.html. The latter site also has plenty of...

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  • So important to have friends.

    Colchester is a 100.000 people town, so it's not so big and not too small... If you are a Colchesterian it happens often that you meet people you already know wherever you go. Colchester is even a very active town, and there are too many strangers coming here... Some others go (london is just a hour away), is a town in "Movement"... Depeche Mode,...

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  • Colchester Zoo

    Although I have not been to the zoo myself, my daughter-in-law has, and has voted it a great day out for children. You can get a Gold Card Annual Pass before you visit, free entry to the zoo for a full year, complimentary entry to Marwell, Paington, Rotterdam, Bristol and Edinburgh Zoos, 10% discount in all the zoo shops and garden centre on...

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