Lying five miles south-west of Colchester, Abberton Reservoir is one of the top wetland sites in Europe, offering excellent opportunities for bird watching. Here you'll see ducks, geese and swans, including the Black-Headed Gull, Teal and Tufted Duck - up to 40,000 birds visit here each year. You'll find a range of hotels in Colchester and Dunmow including chain hotels, independent inns and spa hotels, so there are options to suit all budgets.
Hotels near Abberton Reservoir
Staying in Colchester means you're close to Abberton Reservoir as well as the city's attractions. It's just a short drive to the Reservoir and nature reserve, and most hotels here offer free parking for guests. At the visitor centre, you can spot wildlife from the viewing area, pick up some gifts in the shop or take the kids to the Middleditch Wild Play Area. Hotels in the area provide amenities for couples and families including free WiFi and complimentary breakfasts, so you can relax and enjoy your stay in Essex.
Stay near Family Attractions In Essex
There's plenty to see and do in Colchester and the surrounding area. After breakfast at your hotel, why not take the kids to Colchester Zoo? Home to over 260 species of animals, it's the perfect family day out, with special events and talks happening throughout the year. High Woods Country Park is also popular with families, with its miles of cycling and walking trails, or uncover some local history at the ruins of the Roman Theatre on Maidenburgh Street. If you're after some retail therapy, Colchester has Culver Square and Lion Walk shopping centres. These are both home to big-name brands and smaller stores, as well as a range of family-friendly chain restaurants and cafés where you enjoy lunch or dinner.
Enjoy a Relaxing Stay in Essex
Essex's hotels offer amenities to ensure your stay is relaxing, whether you book a long weekend at a spa hotel with its own health club or prefer to stay in a chain hotel. Amenities such as free WiFi, assistance booking tickets and tours and delicious breakfast ensure you can make the most of your break in Essex, whilst free parking (on offer at most hotels) means there's no need to worry about packing light.