Colchester is known for fantastic shopping, a stunning club scene, a Very famous music festival, gorgeous architecture, and of course sporting action – no wonder the place draws so many visitors! Colchester is also surrounded by fabulous countryside offering those who live here and visit, a wide variety of things to see and do. And it’s all just a stones throw from the A12, London, and Stansted Airport!
There are loads of things for families, couples, sports fans, shopaholics and music-lovers to do in Colchester. Below are just some of the highlights you’ll find in this historical town. If you are looking for a specific thing to do, just jump straight to the category of your choice!
The city of Colchester has been awarded the best place for a spot of retail therapy. It boasts a pedestrianized High Street and undercover shopping areas with High Street names and independent boutiques side by side. Colchester is also the place to go for antiques and there are a couple of impressive retail centres on the outskirts too!
Colchester is very well connected by both road and rail and has a great public transport system. There is plenty of parking, park and ride, and over 25km of cycle paths if you prefer travelling on two wheels. London is just 35 minutes away by train, and surrounding picturesque villages such as Tollesbury, Castle Hedingham, Thaxted and Cressing are within easy reach of the city. Oh yes, Stansted Airport is only a 30 minute drive away.
Listed buildings are a plenty in Colchester, and the relics of Roman settlers in the area! There is a lot of fantastic period architecture to see just walking the city streets as well as notable attractions you can visit for a more immersive experience! On the outskirts of Colchester historical sights can be found amongst acres of almost untouched parkland and open countryside – a fantastic way to unwind!
Whether it is live music, classical concerts, a banging club-scene, or a full-on festival that rocks your boat – you’ll not be short of something to do when you visit Colchester! The nightlife here is vibrant and varied, with plenty of daytime music treats happening throughout the year too.
Fishing, golf, tennis, cricket, rugby, horse racing, ice-skating, and football are just some of the sports that can all be found in and around Colchester – whether you like to partake or spectate! You’ll find quirkier activities about too – how about a spot of jousting? There’s just so many Things To Do In Colchester!
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