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Colchester

Visit Colchester and experience its great mix of attractions.

Guests in this area of Essex will be sharing space with about 110,000 local residents.

It is situated about 50 miles northeast of the national capital of London. It's also approximately 7 miles southeast of Mount Bures.

After somewhere to have some quality time with the kids? One of the most exciting family activities is Tenpin Bowling Colchester.

Your kids will have a blast checking out the native and exotic animals at the Colchester Zoo. Be sure to ask at the entrance about hands-on activities and where to find the zoo's more unusual species.

Learn all about native and exotic plant species at Beth Chatto Garden. Don't forget to bring your camera so you can snap a few photos of the most striking specimens.

On a fine day, pay a visit to the Colchester Castle Park, a beloved space where the locals come to enjoy fresh air and some time outdoors.

Love nature? Abberton Reservoir is waiting for you.

Be sure to take the family out for a captivating afternoon at the East Anglian Railway Museum or the Tymperleys Clock Museum, two of the most interesting exhibition spaces here. Wander the halls at your own pace as you view the collections, or simply enjoy a moment in the contemplative stillness.

The wonderful specimens at the Colchester Natural History Museum are more than just interesting to look at. In fact, they also play an important role in our understanding of the natural world.

Enjoy the artistic side of things at one or two of the gallery and exhibition spaces. Take in the creative atmosphere at the Sir Alfred Munnings Art Museum, the firstsite and the Minories Galleries.

The Colchester Castle Museum and the Hollytrees Museum offer you a clear impression of a sometimes forgotten past through their collection of enthralling exhibits.

Take a step back in time with a visit to Layer Marney Tower and the Dutch Quarter, just two of the historical sites here. You might also like to snap a few photos at the Bridge Cottage and Paycockes.

Whether you're spiritual or not, you're bound to uncover something that interests you at Lion Walk Church.

If you want to have a look at 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 keep your eyes peeled for any tours or open days.

For a fun night of entertainment, head over to the Mercury Theatre, the Headgate Theatre or the Manifest Theatre. Each of these venues run a unique blend of shows throughout the year.

With the Colchester Golf Club and the Gosfield Lake Golf Club in close proximity, there's no excuse not to work on your swing while you're here.

Many people have a terrific time at Flatford Mill. The Colchester Arts Centre shouldn't be missed either.


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Best Western The Rose & Crown Hotel

Best Western The Rose & Crown Hotel

East Street, Colchester
4.0
of 5, from 88 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Colchester, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Hollytrees Museum, Colchester Natural History Museum and Colchester Castle Museum. Colchester Town Hall and Colchester Castle Park are also within 1 mile (2 km).

£32
Holiday Inn Express Colchester

Holiday Inn Express Colchester

Birchwood Road, Colchester
4.1
of 5, from 700 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

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 Hollytrees Museum and Colchester Natural History Museum. Colchester Castle Park and Colchester Castle Museum are also within 6 miles (10 km).

£42
Best Western Marks Tey Hotel

Best Western Marks Tey Hotel

London Road, Colchester
3.8
of 5, from 419 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Set in Colchester, this family-friendly hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Colchester Zoo, Colchester Golf Club and Tymperleys Clock Museum. East Anglian Railway Museum and Layer Marney Tower are also within 6 miles (10 km).

£47
Holiday Inn Colchester

Holiday Inn Colchester

Abbotts Lane, Colchester
4.1
of 5, from 181 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Colchester, this family-friendly hotel is 3.1 mi (4.9 km) from Colchester Zoo, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Colchester Castle Park and Colchester Golf Club. Tymperleys Clock Museum and Colchester Natural History Museum are also within 6 miles (10 km).

£56
Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf and Spa

Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf and Spa

Keepers Lane, Colchester
4.0
of 5, from 72 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Stoke by Nayland, 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 Colchester Castle Park are also within 12 miles (20 km).

£99
The Jasmine Room

The Jasmine Room

The Green, Great Bentley, Essex, Colchester
5.0
of 5, from 1 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Colchester, this guesthouse is within 9 miles (15 km) of Beth Chatto Garden, University of Essex and St. Osyth Beach. Mistley Towers and Sir Alfred Munnings Art Museum are also within 12 miles (20 km).

£38
East Gate Inn

East Gate Inn

6 Harwich Road, Colchester
2.9
of 5, from 73 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Colchester, this inn is within 1 mile (2 km) of Hollytrees Museum, Colchester Natural History Museum and Colchester Castle Museum. Colchester Town Hall and Tymperleys Clock Museum are also within 1 mile (2 km).

£71
Wivenhoe House Hotel

Wivenhoe House Hotel

Wivenhoe Park, Colchester
4.6
of 5, from 106 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

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).

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