As Britain’s oldest recorded settlement, Colchester has a rich and varied heritage stored in its fascinating tale of Roman, Saxon, and Norman history. Today, you can delve into the historical roots of the town by visiting its local museums, galleries, and ruins.
- Colchester Castle and Park - As one of England’s most treasured heritage sites with historical roots dating back to a time when Colchester was the first Roman capital city of Britain, the city’s castle is well worth a visit. Step back in time and explore a rich cultural history of more than 2,500 years through a wide array of interactive displays and exhibits, or take a peaceful walk around the beautiful surrounding landscaped gardens.
- Historical walks - Simply enjoying a leisurely walk around the centre of Colchester will show you that experiencing the city’s deep historical roots doesn’t need to cost a fortune. Whether you prefer to explore at your own pace, or book a guided tour, The town has plenty of historical hotspots to uncover, from its impressive Roman Walls, to Balkerne Gate and St. Botolph’s Priory ruins, the quaint Dutch quarter, and St John’s Abbey Gatehouse all just a stone’s throw away from one another – you’ll definitely be spoiled for choice.