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Best things to do in Colchester

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Museum
“The part and the castle are two great attractions for you. The castle sits on the ancient Roman Temple of Claudius and houses some artefacts of national and international importance. Boudica famously burnt the temple to the ground. The grounds of the castle now sit within Colchester Castle Park, a park with children's playgrounds, walks and horticultural displays, a bandstand and boating lakes.”
20 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Art, Cinema and cultural activity. Check their website for uptown the minute news on the day's events.”
12 locals recommend
Park
“Colchester Castle is the largest Norman Keep in Europe. Constructed on the foundations of the Temple of Claudius, built when Colchester was the first Roman capital of Britain, the Castle Museum today reveals many fascinating layers of history to visitors. Visitors can try out some exciting new experiences - try your hand at building a Norman archway, excavating a Roman doctor's grave or steering a chariot around Colchester's recently uncovered Roman Circus! Be wowed as a large scale 'son et lumière' projection transforms the east wall with light and sound. Opening details Monday to Saturday: 10:00 - 17:00 Sunday: 11:00 - 17:00 Castle Park, Colchester, CO1 1TJ Tel: 01206 282939”
12 locals recommend
Museum
“CASTLE & MUSEUM - built on the foundations of the ancient Roman Temple of Claudius under the order of William the Conqueror in the 11th century, it is a fine example of a largely intact Norman castle. A little further out, the castle is​ one of many top, ancient, British sights – all conveniently located near one another in Colchester. Like all ancient edifices, it has a rich history. It also has one of the best collections of Roman artefacts​ in Britain. Highly recommended for a long day out.”
7 locals recommend
Establishment
“Have a varied programme often including national tours of theatre companies and musicals. ”
6 locals recommend
Café
“If you want to head into Colchester town on an evening then have a drink in Three Wise Monkeys.”
5 locals recommend
Establishment
“Local and touring bands play here, standup comedy and a monthly farmers market (first Friday of every month).”
6 locals recommend
Cinema
1 local recommends
Pub
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“Great food, great local beers, walk from the Hut to here in about 60 minutes.”
7 locals recommend
Establishment
“Spa, swimming pool, kids activity pool, gym, has it all. Situated on cowdrey Avenue. ”
3 locals recommend
Lodging
“Beautiful building. Somewhere special for either afternoon tea or fine dining.”
4 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“A fantastic gallery always hosting some interesting artworks. Friendly people with a great little café.”
3 locals recommend
Park
“With easy access car parking (small fee) the wooded area can be enjoyed on foot or cycle. Fishing by permit in the lake. Organised walks on Fridays and Sundays. On-site light refreshments, gift shop and picnic site. Also public toilets.”
2 locals recommend
Chinese Restaurant
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“Tasty lunch menu and great for an evening meal. A top, local independent restaurant serving fresh and tasty dishes. Try the Chilli Udon...”
5 locals recommend
Point of Interest
2 locals recommend
University
“The whole park land is very photogenic with fountains and some rare trees. The sports centre open to the public. Local bus's run right into the centre of the campus. and if you have never been to a University you will find this one very interesting as it is open to the general public with cafe's and exhibitions open almost 24 hours a day. free use of quiet ares and you are welcome to visit their library.”
1 local recommends