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The population of this area of Essex is approximately 110,000.
London, the national capital, is situated 50 miles southwest of Colchester, while Mount Bures is 7 miles to the northwest.
Explore, laugh and be amazed at Xtreme Gaming and Tenpin Bowling Colchester, two great attractions for the whole family.
You and the kids will have an awesome time investigating the native and exotic creatures at the Colchester Zoo. If your time is limited, grab a map so you don't miss any of the zoo highlights.
Flowers, majestic trees and winding garden pathways await budding young horticulturalists at Beth Chatto Garden and the Green Island Gardens Ardleigh.
Take five from the stress of travelling at one of the area's much-loved urban parks. Unlace your shoes and feel the cool grass under your feet at the Colchester Castle Park, the Castle Park and Marks Hall Gardens and Arboretum.
With a heap of tourist information on hand, Abberton Resevoir Visitor Centre is the best place to find out what's going on in Colchester.
Get active outdoors by taking a trip to Abberton Reservoir and RSPB Flatford Wildlife Garden.
Take the family out for an intriguing few hours at the East Anglian Railway Museum or the Tymperleys Clock Museum, two popular local exhibition spaces. Ask the staff about available tours or special events. If you luck out and there's nothing on, simply enjoy a stroll through the quiet halls.
Find out about the variety of specimens on show as you stroll around the overflowing corridors of the Colchester Natural History Museum.
Treat your eyes to some art and design at the numerous gallery spaces. It's easy to spend a few hours soaking up the creative atmosphere of the Sir Alfred Munnings Art Museum, the firstsite and the Minories Galleries.
The Colchester Castle Museum and the Hollytrees Museum are two excellent places if you want to find out about the history of the world.
Layer Marney Tower and the Dutch Quarter are certainly worth taking a look at, even if you're not that into history. You might also like to take a few photos at the Bridge Cottage and Paycockes.
Those with a fascination for religion will want to go for a walk around Lion Walk Church.
For a memorable night out, grab some friends and head to the Mercury Theatre, the Headgate Theatre or the Manifest Theatre. Each of these venues feature a wide variety of performances and shows throughout the year.
Playing a couple of games at the Colchester Golf Club is a relaxing way to spend a day. That is, if you can avoid the sand and stay off the rough! You'll also be able to whack a few balls at the Gosfield Lake Golf Club and the Birch Grove Golf Club.
Whether you're staying in Colchester for work or for pleasure, you won't regret a stop at Flatford Mill or the Colchester Arts Centre.
Because there is a limited number of Expedia places to stay in Colchester itself, you should book early if you are intent on staying a while.
Situated in Colchester, this hotel is within 9 miles (15 km) of Sir Alfred Munnings Art Museum, Colchester Visitor Information Centre and Hollytrees Museum. Colchester Natural History Museum and Colchester Castle Park are also within 9 miles (15 km).
Situated in Colchester, this hotel is 2.3 mi (3.8 km) from Sir Alfred Munnings Art Museum and within 9 miles (15 km) of Colchester Zoo and Mistley Towers. Colchester Castle Park and Jumbo Water Tower are also within 9 miles (15 km).
Situated in Colchester, this hotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from University of Essex, and within 3 mi (5 km) of Colchester Castle Museum and Colchester Castle Park. Beth Chatto Garden and Sir Alfred Munnings Art Museum are also within 9 mi (15 km).
Situated in Colchester, this spa hotel is within 6 miles (10 km) of Colchester Zoo, East Anglian Railway Museum and Layer Marney Tower. Colchester Golf Club and Colchester Castle Park are also within 6 miles (10 km).
Located in the heart of Colchester, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Colchester Visitor Information Centre, Hollytrees Museum and Colchester Natural History Museum. Colchester Castle Museum and Colchester Castle Park are also within 1 mile (2 km).
Located in Colchester, this family-friendly hotel is 3 mi (4.8 km) from Colchester Zoo, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Colchester Castle Park and Colchester Golf Club. East Anglian Railway Museum and Tymperleys Clock Museum are also within 6 miles (10 km).
Situated in Colchester, this hotel is steps away from Colchester Visitor Information Centre, Hollytrees Museum and Colchester Natural History Museum. Colchester Castle Museum and Colchester Town Hall are also within 10 minutes.
Situated in Colchester, this spa hotel is within 9 miles (15 km) of Gainsborough's House, Sir Alfred Munnings Art Museum and Wolves Wood RSPB Reserve. East Anglian Railway Museum and Long Melford Heritage Centre are also within 12 miles (20 km).