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It's an area of Essex that roughly 110,000 people reside in.
It is situated roughly 7 miles southeast of Mount Bures and 50 miles northeast of the national capital of London.
Keeping an eye out for somewhere to have some quality time with the kids? One of the most popular family activities is Tenpin Bowling Colchester.
Snap a few photos, admire the exhibits and learn all about a range of animal habitats at the Colchester Zoo. Be sure to ask the staff about feeding times and where to find the zoo's more unusual inhabitants.
Beth Chatto Garden plays a large role in preserving the region's botanical species. Be sure to swing by and support their hard work.
For some outdoor time, explore one of the well-loved green spaces. There's nothing better than whiling away a lazy day at the Colchester Castle Park, Abberton Reservoir or Castle Park.
See the world in a different light with some time at one of the area's fascinating exhibition spaces. The East Anglian Railway Museum and the Colchester Natural History Museum offer a range of displays and collections that are sure to capture your attention. Another two to consider are the Hollytrees Museum and the Tymperleys Clock Museum.
A haven for art lovers, this area is home to a range of spaces in which amateurs and professionals can exhibit their work. Soak up the hip atmosphere at the Sir Alfred Munnings Art Museum and the Colchester Arts Centre. The firstsite and the Minories Galleries are also worth your time if you can squeeze them in.
Journey through the peaceful hallways and take in the exhibits at the Colchester Castle Museum.
Wander back through the ages with a visit to Layer Marney Tower and the Dutch Quarter, just a couple of the preserved historic sites here. You might also like to snap a few photos at the Bridge Cottage and Paycockes.
Take some snaps, stroll around the grounds and immerse yourself in the tranquil atmosphere at Lion Walk Church.
Flatford Mill is a place of contemplation where one can pay tribute to the community's past.
If you are interested in seeing where the great minds of tomorrow are shaped, plan a visit to the University of Essex. Take a walk around campus, inspect the facilities and be on the lookout for any open days or tours.
The Mercury Theatre, the Headgate Theatre and the Manifest Theatre offer live shows catering to a variety of audiences. Get your tickets, get comfy in your seat and the performers will do the rest!
A couple of rounds at the Colchester Golf Club is a relaxing way to spend the day. That is, if you can avoid the hazards and stay away from the rough! You can also practice your swing at the Gosfield Lake Golf Club and Birch Grove Golf Club.
Booking a comfortable place to rest your head is a crucial part of any trip. Short and long stay options in Colchester itself can be a little limited, so browse Expedia's up-to-date Colchester hotels guide right now for the best deals.
Located in Stoke by Nayland, this spa hotel is within 9 miles (15 km) of Assington Barn, Gainsborough's House and Assington Mill. Sir Alfred Munnings Art Museum and Wolves Wood RSPB Reserve are also within 9 miles (15 km).
Situated in Colchester, this hotel is within 6 miles (10 km) of Ramprage, Hollytrees Museum and Colchester Natural History Museum. Colchester Castle Park and Colchester Castle Museum are also within 6 miles (10 km).
Situated in Colchester, this hotel is 2.3 mi (3.8 km) from Sir Alfred Munnings Art Museum and within 6 miles (10 km) of Green Island Gardens Ardleigh and Ramprage. Hollytrees Museum and Colchester Natural History Museum are also within 6 miles (10 km).
Situated in Colchester, this hotel is 0.5 mi (0.9 km) from University of Essex, and within 3 mi (5 km) of Beth Chatto Garden and Colchester Castle Museum. Colchester Castle Park and Colchester Zoo are also within 9 mi (15 km).
Set in Colchester, this family-friendly hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Colchester Zoo, Colchester Golf Club and Birch Grove Golf Club. Tymperleys Clock Museum and East Anglian Railway Museum are also within 6 miles (10 km).
Located in the heart of Colchester, this inn is steps away from Tymperleys Clock Museum and Colchester Town Hall. Colchester Castle Museum and Colchester Natural History Museum are also within 5 minutes.
Located in the heart of Colchester, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Ramprage, Hollytrees Museum and Colchester Natural History Museum. Colchester Castle Museum and Colchester Castle Park are also within 1 mile (2 km).
Located in Earls Colne, this golf hotel is 4.1 mi (6.6 km) from Marks Hall Gardens and Arboretum and within 12 miles (20 km) of Colchester Zoo and East Anglian Railway Museum. Braintree Public Gardens and Assington Mill are also within 12 miles (20 km).