Colchester is an interesting town with a rich heritage, and places to visit such as historical buildings, museums, theatres, and attractive parks and open spaces. For entertainment you could visit the Mercury Theatre which is host to a range of performances including music, drama, dance, comedy and children’s shows. At Charter Hall you can see performances such as music, comedy and sports events, and for a film you can visit the Odeon Cinema. For eating out, you’ll find lots of restaurants in the town and a variety of cuisines for different tastes and budgets, and there’s a good range of pubs and clubs for an evening out.
If you’re shopping in the town, you’ll have a good choice in the town, and includes the Lion Walk Shopping Centre and Culver Square Shopping Centre. For business, there are a range of conference venues including those at Colchester Town Hall and Colchester United FC Stadium, and the nearest airports for international air travel are Southend Airport and Stansted Airport.
Colchester Car Hire
Wherever you are in Colchester, it’s guaranteed that you’ll to get a car from one of the leading suppliers who provide Colchester car hire services, you can choose from many of the suppliers including Avis, Enterprise, Europcar, Firefly, Hertz, InterRent, Sixt and others.
Here are some suggestions for places you could visit in Colchester:
This Norman Castle, now a museum, is Grade I listed and a fascinating place to visit. The Castle was built on the site of a Roman Temple and you can see collections including Roman artefacts such as a figure of Mercury in bronze, pottery and a tomb, and other displays include a recreation of a roundhouse.
This Zoo makes a fun day out for all the family and has a large variety of fascinating animals to see including elephants, rhinos, cheethas, giraffes, leopards, tigers, chimps, lions, komodo dragons, penguins, wolves and includes an underwater tunnel with sea lions. There’s also a road train you can ride on around the zoo, together with an adventure play area and soft play area.
You can visit this 18th century house and see lots of interesting displays about the people of Colchester in the past, including Georgian and Victorian day to day family life, and there are lots of historic toys, such as a Victorian doll’s house, together with watches and clocks, and the museum is set in a picturesque garden.
This is a Grade II listed Victorian Park where you can enjoy the green open space, trees and flowers and relax in the attractive surroundings. Features in the Park include a boating lake, crazy golf, bandstand and a children’s playground.
Beth Chatto Gardens
This site, near Colchester, used to be a wasteland, and over time was changed into the beautiful gardens they are now by Beth Chatto. You can visit here and enjoy the colourful flowers and plants and relax in the tranquility of the surroundings.
East Anglian Railway Museum
Close to Colchester is this interesting Museum, where you can learn about the history of the railways in the area, with trains and carriages that have been restored, along with other railway artefacts, and all situated in attractive countryside. There are a number of fun events that take place at the Museum, and on certain days, visitors can take a ride on the trains, including miniature trains.
Colchester Leisure World
At this large Leisure Centre there are a range of facilities to enjoy including a leisure pool with features such as jets, waves and slides, a swimming pool, gym, hall for a lots of sports including basketball and badminton, and astro turf pitch.
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