Colchester Castle And Museum
History of Colchester Castle.☎ 01206282932
St John's Abbey Gate
English Heritage - This pinnacled gatehouse, elaborately decorated in East Anglian 'flushwork'.
Colchester, St Botolph's Priory
English Heritage - The remains of one of the first Augustinian priories in England, founded in c.1100.
National Trust - Unusual building built as a fishing lodge in 1591.
A great family day out.☎ 01206331292Recommended by Martha Payne, Colchester
We are a small family business based in West Bergholt, near Colchester in Essex. Gift shop and a paint-your-own-ceramics studio.☎ 01206263350
Layer Marney Tower
One of this country's most dramatic buildings, Layer Marney Tower stands within the Essex landscape.☎ 01206330784Recommended by Pamela Street, Colchester
National Trust - Rambling Suffolk farmhouse built around 1600.
East Anglian Railway Museum
The EARM is a living heritage site based at Chappel railway station, on the edge of breathtaking Constable Country.☎ 01206242524
Magical 5 acre attraction.☎ 01206231390
English Heritage - Two porticoed Classical towers, which stood at each end of a grandiose but highly unconventional church.
Lexden Earthworks And Bluebottle Grove
English Heritage - The banks and ditches of a series of late Iron Age defences protecting the western side of Camulodunum.
East Bergholt Place Garden The Place For Plants
East Bergholt has a wonderful woodland garden (best in spring) planted by Charles Eley, the present owner's great-grandfather.
Beth Chatto Gardens
Internationally acclaimed gardens.
Hollytrees Museum FREE
Follow the story around this beautiful Georgian building taking in domestic life and childhood in Colchester over the past 300 yrs.
Natural History Museum
The place to go for information on your local wildlife.☎ 01206282941
Stunning contemporary art gallery.☎ 01206577067
Castle Park And Gardens FREE
Colchester's distinctive heritage is nowhere more apparent than in Castle Park. A site of national importance.
Ray Island And Bonners Saltings Nature Reserve FREE
This 100 acre reserve comprises Ray Island which is a large sandy mound rising out of the surrounding saltings. Access by boat.
Oxley Meadow Nature Reserve FREE
This 8 acre reserve consists of two flower-rich meadows with a really large colony of Green Winged Orchids.
Sergeants Orchard Nature Reserve FREE
This 8 acre reserve comprises a small old orchard flanked by a recently planted fruit orchard.
Westhouse Wood Nature Reserve FREE
This 7 acre wood on the outskirts of Colchester contains a wide variety of trees and shrubs.
Roman River Valley Nature Reserve FREE
This 44 acre reserve is a fragment of traditional river valley landscape maintained by the Essex Wildlife Trust.
Lexden Gathering Grounds Nature Reserve FREE
This 22 acre site was formerly a 'gathering ground' for water from constantly flowing springs.
|Cooks Lane, Cymbeline Way (A133)|
Iron Latch Nature Reserve FREE
This 10.5 acre reserve consists of a flower-rich meadow, plus four acres of woodland, long established and possibly ancient.
Fingringhoe Wick Visitor Centre FREE
Essex Wildlife Trust's first nature reserve and visitor centre, set in a spectacular position overlooking the Colne Estuary.☎ 01206729678
Cockaynes Wood Nature Reserve FREE
Cockaynes Wood is ancient Essex woodland, listed in the Domesday Book of 1086.
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre FREE
A wetland site of international importance for wildfowl. Up to 40,000 ducks, swans and geese visit each year.
|Church Rd, Layer-de-la-Haye|
Abbotts Hall Farm FREE
A 700 acre coastal farm and the head office of Essex Wildlife Trust situated on the Blackwater Estuary.
|Maldon Road Great Wigborough|
Highwoods Country Park FREE
One of Colchester's most beautiful locations.☎ 01206853588
Tollesbury Wick Nature Reserve FREE
This 600 acre site is a rare example of an Essex fresh water grazing marsh, worked for decades by traditional methods.
Tenpin bowling and entertainment venue.
Multi-screen cinema.☎ 03330144501
Curzon Cinema Colchester
Independent cinema.☎ 03333210104
Colchester Arts Centre
Rock and folk gigs, club nights, comedy, world music, jazz, drama, kids theatre and workshops.☎ 01206500900
The Mercury Theatre
Popular theatre. Full listings available.☎ 01206573948
Jump Back Boogie
Bringing you the best tunes from the rock'n'roll era.
|Greenstead Social Club|
Colchester Golf Club
Colchester Leisure World
Wide range of sporting and leisure activities.
Health and fitness club.
State of the art health and fitness club.☎ 01206866111
Colchester's premier gym and fitness centre.☎ 01206765949
Essex School Of Diving
Learn to scuba dive.
Indoor karting centre.☎ 01206799511
Europe's finest rollerskating rink.☎ 01206868868
Scenario Performing Arts
Scenario is a performing arts organisation that trains young children in professional theatre.
Recommended by Ben Bailey, Ipswich“It allows the children involved to explore their own creativity, through professional, yet still enjoyable, workshops, which explore musical and theatrical arts performances.”
|38 Cavendish Avenue |
Brook Farm Riding
Friendly stables. Lessons available.☎ 01206822502