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Colchester Castle Park, Colchester

Stride out of your Colchester hotel to step on Roman foundations, past Elizabethan and Georgian townhouses and Victorian parks.

Historic Colchester

Explore the history of Britain’s oldest recorded town in Castle Park. Here, Victorian manicured gardens surround a Norman castle built on Roman foundations. South of town, the pinnacle-designed St John’s Abbey Gate was built to contain revolting peasants in the rebellious 15th century. Stained-glass windows tell Colchester’s story at the Baroque Town Hall.

Art and museums in Colchester

Leave your Colchester hotel and check your watch against the antique timepieces in the Elizabethan Tymperleys Clock Museum. The story of the Roman defeat at the hands of fiery redhead Boudicca, the first real Essex girl, is told at the Castle Museum. Blue tits and Brent geese flap in the old church grounds at the Natural History Museum.

Quirky things to do in Colchester

Giggle through wildflower meadows after tasting the Essex-fermented red and white at Carter’s Vineyard, north of your Colchester Hotel. Jedi knights catch up with Chewbacca and R2D2 at the Stars Wars toy collection at Hollytrees Museum.

Events in Colchester

Gulp Essex-dredged shellfish in October at the Town Hall at the Colchester Oyster Feast. Chocolate fountains flow in Castle Park in June at the Colchester Food and Drink Festival. Join the mini Mardi Gras in September when majorettes lead floats at the Colchester Carnival.

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Attractions in Colchester:

A sundial outside Tymperleys Clock Museum. Photo by Rod Edwards, courtesy of Britain on View/East of England Tourism/Colchester BC
Tymperleys Clock Museum

Opening times:
Tue-Sat 10am-1pm & 2pm-5pm Apr - Oct 2013; not Mon or Sun (annual)

Carter's Vineyards

Opening times:
Daily 11am-5pm Apr - Oct 2013 (annual)

Dennis New World Fire Engine, 1939, in the Ipswich Transport Museum collection
Ipswich Transport Museum

Opening times:
Sun and Bank Holidays 11am-4pm (opening hours vary according to season) Mar - Nov 2013; Sun only (annual)

An agricultural steam engine at the Museum of East Anglian Life, Stowmarket, Suffolk. Courtesy of Museum of East Anglian Life
Museum of East Anglian Life

Opening times:
Mon-Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 11am-5pm Mar - Oct 2013 (annual)

Upnor Castle, Chatham. © English Heritage Photo Library
Upnor Castle

Opening times:
Apr-Sep: daily 10am-6pm
Oct: daily 10am-4pm Apr - Oct 2013 (annual)

What's on in Colchester:

Roman River Music Festival

Dates Open:
29/09/2014 to 07/10/2014

Festival of Fireworks at Southend Seafront

Dates Open:
08/10/2014 to 11/11/2014

Cambridge Glass Fair

Dates Open:
25/09/2014 to 25/09/2014

Duxford Autumn Air Show

Dates Open:
10/10/2014 to 10/10/2014

Cambridge Film Festival

Dates Open:
15/09/2014 to 25/09/2014

Halloween Punting & Walking Ghost Tours

Dates Open:
21/10/2014 to 31/10/2014

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