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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:

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)

The Historic Dockyard Chatham, Chatham. © Chatham Historic Dockyard
The Historic Dockyard Chatham

Opening times:
Feb-Oct 10am-6pm (or dusk if earlier)
Nov & Dec 10am-4pm (some exhibits close early) Feb - Dec 2013 (annual)

Sculpture Promenade

Opening times:
Mar 2013 - Jan 2014 (annual)

West Ham United FC 2010/11

Opening times:
21 Aug 2010 - 22 May 2011 (annual)

West Ham United 2012/13

Opening times:
18 Aug 2012 - 19 May 2013 (annual)

What's on in Colchester:

Light Up a Life

Dates Open:
11/12/2014 to 11/12/2014

Castle Open Evening and Christmas Market

Dates Open:
14/12/2014 to 14/12/2014

Mill Road Winter Fair

Dates Open:
04/12/2014 to 04/12/2014

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

Dates Open:
24/12/2014 to 24/12/2014

Christmas & New Year Ghost Tour

Dates Open:
12/12/2014 to 08/01/2015

Rochester's Dickensian Christmas Festival. © Stuart Thomas Photography, courtesy Medway Council
Dickensian Christmas Festival

Dates Open:
06/12/2014 to 06/12/2014

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