Britain's oldest recorded town,
with a colourful history dating back over two thousand years.
It's a history you can share by visiting the town's award-winning museums where you can see collections of international importance, or through discovering its rich and vibrant Arts Scene.
From a Roman Temple to cutting edge 21st century design, via Victorian splendour and medieval timber frames, panoramas of beautiful buildings reflect the town's history and contemporary appeal.
Colchester today is a thriving, modern town with many great visitor attractions
, including the family favourites Colchester Zoo
(8 miles) and Colchester Castle
as well as fantastic places to eat or shop in the heart of the town. The Colchester area is just the place for a day trip, short-break or family holiday. Colchester Castle Museum
Colchester Castle is the largest Norman Keep in Europe. Constructed on the foundations of the Temple of Claudius. The Castle Museum today reveals many fascinating layers of history to visitors.Roman Circus Centre
The Colchester Roman circus (chariot-racing arena) was discovered in 2005. It was built in the early 2nd century AD and seems to have been in use for about 150 years. It is the only known Roman circus in Britain.Town Hall
The Town Hall is a superb example of Edwardian Architecture built in 1902 with outstanding function rooms, still used for their original purpose.Bourne Mill
National Trust property, the mill was originally built as a fishing lodge in 1591 and features stepped "Dutch" gables. There is a millpond and some of the machinery, including the waterwheel which is intact and working.