Officially carrying the title of the oldest recorded town in Britain, Colchester welcomes millions of visitors every year to its enviable list of attractions.
This unique location manages to seamlessly blend the contemporary with the traditional, and as such historical yet cosmopolitan Colchester represents an ideal destination for travellers of all ages. Whether you want to take in the main sights in a day, or slow things down a bit and spend a week or two lazily watching the world go by and discovering the delights of the surrounding countryside, boredom in Colchester is not an option.
Boasting a rich and vibrant history, the city is filled with museums of all shapes and sizes - the Natural History Museum and Castle Museum perhaps the most important of all. Even without entering any of the buildings, the charmingly antiquated architecture of the city centre's main streets never fails to inspire. This old roman garrison town has three main towns nearby, namely Ipswich, Chelmsford and the pretty sea side town of Clacton-on-Sea.
Entire afternoons can be lost meandering aimlessly down side streets and discovering traditional, local shops offering rare and one-off items covering every imaginable niche. The high street is also bursting with brand names for those preferring their retail rooted in the 21st Century.
The dining scene perfectly reflects the incredible age and history of the city, offering an endless variety of options from the truly traditional to the outrageously upmarket. The quaint and gentile exterior of Colchester's historical buildings also impressively masks a throbbing nightlife scene for those looking for a more energetic end to the evening.
And of course, the nearby coastline offers an immeasurable number of watersports and pursuits, along with opportunities for pure, unbridled relaxation...and some of the best fish 'n' chips in the UK!