There is plenty to do and see in Colchester, Britain's Oldest
  recorded Town. It's a great base for visiting the quaint local
  villages & surrounding countryside made famous by Constable.

  Colchester is a stones throw away from many Essex & Suffolk
  costal resorts. For the more adventurous a mini-cruise form
  the port at Harwich can take you to Holland, Germany or
  Scandinavia.

  Colchester Castle - Castle Park
  Tel:(01206) 282939

  A piece of Colchester's fine history. The Castle today holds a
  museum which takes you back over important events in 2000
  years of British History. Built on foundations of the Roman
  Temple of Claudius it was the largest Keep ever erected by the
  Normans.

  Colchester Castle Park
  Tel:(01206) 282920

  Award winning Victorian gardens, set in 33 acres of glorious
  gently sloping parkland. There is a children's play area, boating
  lake, and great walks along the River Colne. Castle park is also
  a superb venue for many open-air events & concerts.

  Ferry Crossing
  Why not take a trip
  to the continent
  from Harwich Port.

  Sightseeing
  Essex is home to
  famous Constable
  Country.

  Steam Railways
  Go back in time to the
  the bygone age of
  steam train.

 
  Beth Chatto Gardens - Elmstead Market
  World famous gardens, divided into three main areas; A gravel garden for alpines and drought
  tolerant plants, water gardens with ponds and water loving plants and a large woodland area.
  Open: Monday - Saturday 9am - 5pm (March to Oct), Monday - Saturday 9am - 4pm (Nov - Feb)
  Closed Sundays and Bank Holidays. Admission £3.00 (accompanied children free).

  East Anglian Steam Railway Museum - Chappel Station, Colchester
  Tel:(01206) 242524

  A great look at 150 years of railway history. There are many steam engines and carriages lovingly
  restored and maintained. See how the railways have changed over the years. This museum will take
  you back to the fine early years of railway in Britain.
  Open: daily from 10am - 5pm.

  Colne Valley Railway - Castle Hedingham
  Tel:(01787) 461174

  The largest collection of operational engines, carriages and wagons in the UK. Take a memorable
  trip through the beautiful Colne Valley. Entry to the adjacent Colne Valley Farm Park is also
  included in your admission.
  Open: 10am - 5pm (1st March - 23rd Dec).
  Admission - Adults £4, Children £2. "Steam Day" - Adults £7, Children £3.50.

  Layer Marney Tower - Layer Marney
  The tallest Tudor gate tower in England, attached to a fine historical building. A walk in the grounds
  you will uncover beautifully kept gardens, there is also the attraction of a deer and rare breeds farm.
  Open: 12pm - 5pm (1st April - 7th Oct), 11am - 5pm (22nd July - 7th Sept).
  Admission - Adults £3.50, Children (3 - 14 yrs) £2, Family (2 Adults 2 children) £10.

  Natural History Museum - High Street, Colchester
  Tel:(01206) 282939

  Exhibits of local wildlife, and the natural world in general. There is a good degree of interactivity
  from the numerous touch exhibits and the accompanying information is very interesting.
  Open: 10am - 5pm Monday - Saturday, 11am - 5pm Sunday (Admission is free).

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