Situated on the Essex/Suffolk border on the gateway to East Anglia and the picturesque Constable countryside, Colchester is a thriving modern town close to the coast and with good transport links to London. Holding the title of Britain’s oldest recorded town with a rich history dating back over 2,000 years, 21st century Colchester is characterised by its desirable Dutch, Victorian and Georgian quarters as well as its bustling town centre steeped in its ancient past. It is a wonderful place to live and explore with plenty of places to eat, drink and shop as well as being noted for its visitor attractions, antiquities, museums and art galleries.
Colchester town centre offers a unique shopping experience where specialist independent shops stand alongside high street brands and department stores. As well as contemporary shopping arcades namely Lion Walk and Culver Square, shoppers can browse the historic lanes intertwining the town or pay a visit to one of several markets held regularly in and out of town.
Characterised by its distinctive landscape heritage, Colchester prides itself on the quality and quantity of its parks and open spaces. Recreational opportunities are always within easy reach with access to over 300 open spaces and countryside sites such as Wivenhoe Woods, Hilly Fields, Lexden Park and Salary Brook. Year round fun for young and old can be had at Leisure World, whether you want to swim, work out in the gym, play sports or enjoy the social aspect of attending fun fitness classes, there is something for everyone.
The bustling town centre is lined with great places to eat & drink and the wider Colchester area offers traditional tea rooms and character pubs , as well as award-winning restaurants . Head to Mersea Island to sample the world-famous Colchester oysters served fresh from their beds at various seafood restaurants.
You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to discovering the local arts scene and the Colchester nightlife. Enjoy some live comedy in a local pub, or maybe take a risk on something truly extraordinary at the avant-garde Colchester Arts Centre. Alternatively, take in a play at the Mercury Theatre or catch a film in the Firstsite gallery - designed in the shape of a giant banana by the award-winning architect Rafael Viñoly.
Colchester has good transport links to London, East Anglia, Suffolk, Norfolk and the East Coast. By car, Junction 28 of the M25 can be reached in about 45 minutes via the A12. Trains from Colchester run at 15 minute intervals to London Liverpool Street with a 50 minute journey time, even less to Stratford. By coach there's a regular National Express service departing Victoria Coach Station throughout the day. The ferry port of Harwich is only 20 miles away and London Stansted Airport can be reached in under an hour.
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