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1. History of Colchester
Colchester is Britain's oldest recorded town and was once the capital of Roman Britain. The town is also home to one of the country's most important historic buildings - Colchester Castle. On the site of the castle was once the famous Roman building, the Temple of Claudius. Queen Boudica and her rebels attacked the temple in AD 60, and all the town's citizens were killed. This ...Read more
2. Now in Colchester
The Essex town of Colchester is popular with tourists due to its historic importance and its beautiful countryside. It is also on the edge of the Tendring Peninsula, which is a popular holiday destination. The University of Essex is a big part of the town's life and its campus houses the Albert Sloman Library as well as shops, banks, restaurants and student accommodation.
3. Events in Colchester
The Roman River Festival is an annual music event that takes place in the town in October. The festival features a variety of concerts celebrating classical, jazz and folk music. The Colchester Medieval Festival, also known as The Oyster Fayre, is a traditional annual event in June. Visitors are taken back in time to enjoy celebrations in a medieval style. The Colchester Town &...Read more
4. Attractions in Colchester
Colchester Castle Museum is home to the largest Norman Keep in Europe. The museum offers Roman displays, hands-on exhibits and a variety of events and exhibitions. Colchester Zoo is a popular tourist attraction, which boasts over 260 species, adventure playgrounds, an indoor play area, road trains, daily displays and much more. Gosbecks Archaeological Park includes the site of ...Read more
5. Things To Do in Colchester
The Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre is a wetland with nature trails, bird hides and an observation room. Visitors can see wild geese, swans, wild ducks and wading birds. Art Exchange is an art gallery based at the University of Essex. Entry to the gallery is free and exhibits include paintings, sculpture, ceramics and Latin American art. There is parkland with lakes and sculp...Read more
6. Business in Colchester
Colchester has a wide selection of shopping facilities in both modern and historical settings. The town centre shopping centres are Lion Walk and Culver Square. Williams & Griffin is Colchester's award-winning department store. The Weston Homes Community Stadium is home to Colchester United Football Club and is also the leading conference and banqueting venue in the region.
7. Transport in Colchester
There are good road links from Colchester to the rest of the UK. The A12, and A120 are the main routes, linking to the M11 and M25. By train, Colchester is just 50 minutes from London Liverpool Street and one hour from Norwich. Stansted International Airport is just 50 minutes by road and there are also great coach links from the town to the airport. Colchester is only 30 minut...Read more
8. Entertainment in Colchester
Colchester Arts Centre offers a packed programme of live music, comedy, theatre, poetry, dance, children's shows, clubs, farmers' markets, gigs and more. The Headgate Theatre stages a variety of live events including drama, music and musicals. The Lakeside Theatre, at the University of Essex, offers dance productions, jazz and world music concerts, stand-up comedy nights, perfo...Read more
9. Famous Landmarks in Colchester
Colchester Castle overlooks the town and has been carefully restored over the years.
10. Interesting Facts about Colchester
Some legends say that the nursery rhymes of Old King Cole and Humpty Dumpty originated in the town of Colchester.
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