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The oldest recorded town in Britain and the capital of the early Roman Empire, Colchester certainly has some impressive historical claims to fame. It is the site of some extraordinary archaeological discoveries, such as a Roman chariot-racing track and Anglo-Saxon homes, and its castle is one of the finest Norman examples. But Colchester is also a town which is constantly updating itself and changing with the times, and it has a thriving arts scene, with renowned theatres and music venues.

Things to see

Colchester’s city centre is full of architectural delights and interesting museums to explore. The red-brick Victorian clock tower makes a statement on the High Street. The numerous cafés, restaurants and shops along this street are perfect for a relaxed afternoon browse. Nearby, Colchester Castle is the town’s main historical attraction. Unlike many Norman-era castles, this one is still practically complete, its old stones holding centuries of stories. The fascinating onsite Castle Museum provides an interactive experience, bringing the Romans, Anglo-Saxons and Normans to life. The Natural History Museum, located close by, is free and has plenty of exhibits to keep children entertained, including hands-on Ice Age activities and garden trails. Another top family destination is Colchester Zoo, one of the best in the country, with 270 species of animal, including animal kingdom royalty – lions, tigers and elephants. Your little ones can monkey around too, at one of the adventure playgrounds.

Hotels in Colchester

Colchester hotels vary from grand, historical properties to discount hotels, so there will be something to suit your taste. For a romantic retreat, the luxury independent hotels are ideal. These hotels are full of historical atmosphere, with lavishly-draped 4-poster beds, exposed beams and huge medieval-style fireplaces. You won’t be lacking modern conveniences however, with free WiFi and satellite TV provided in the rooms, alongside home comforts such as coffee and tea makers. Familiar-brand hotels provide contemporary surroundings, with facilities including indoor pools, business centres and restaurants.

Where to stay

There are several hotels to choose from in Colchester’s city centre; mostly historic, characterful hotels which are ideal for a cultural city break. As well as onsite restaurants and bars at the hotels, you’ll be located at the heart of the shopping and restaurant districts. The castle and museums are also very close by. If you’re looking for a budget hotel, try one of the suburban areas around Colchester. Transport into Colchester either by bus or train is quick and easy and you’ll have access to beautiful countryside. The neighbouring town of Marks Tey offers a couple of upmarket hotels.

How to get to Colchester

Stansted Airport, London’s third-largest, is the closest international airport to Colchester, located 30 miles east of the town. From the airport, there are numerous car hire and public transport options available. Both express coaches and local buses provide a frequent service to Colchester town centre. There’s an airport bus to Marks Tey Station, which can be the quickest option, with a short onward journey to Colchester. Altogether, the journey takes about an hour. If you are coming from Central London, there are fast, direct train services to Colchester from London Liverpool Street, with a journey time of 50 minutes.

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