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Attractions & Tourism in Colchester

Colchester is a fascinating town for exploring and sightseeing, and an ideal base for visiting other parts of the region.
The history or the culture or the shopping would each make Colchester worth a stop in their own right. Add in the beauty of Constable Country, the medieval wool towns, the coastline and you have an awesome combination

> Historic Buildings
> Museums and Zoos
> Gardens
> Countryside
> Resources
Historic Buildings^ top ^
Layer Marney Tower
Spectacular Tudor brick gatehouse, with gardens and rare breeds farm
Hedingham Castle

Cressing Temple

Museums and Zoos^ top ^
Colchester Museums
What will you Discover in Colchester's Museums?
Colchester Castle Museum
A visit to Colchester Castle Museum takes you through 2000 years of some of the most important events in British history
Hollytrees Museum
Enjoy 300 years of history through hands-on exhibits and displays with fun and humour in mind
Natural History Museum
Housed in the unique setting of the former All Saints Church in 1957, the Museum focuses on the rich natural heritage of north-east Essex
Tymperleys Clock Museum
Tymperleys now houses part of the famous Bernard Mason Collection, one of the largest collections of clocks in Britain
Colchester Zoo
Devoted to conservation research, education and furthering understanding and respect for animals; a recognised international centre of excellence
East Anglian Railway Museum
Fascinating collection of working and static exhibits at Chappel Station
Colne Valley Railway

Coggeshall Museum and Heritage Centre
Preserving the town's historic past - Recording today for the future
Mersea Island Museum

Earls Colne Heritage Museum

The Sir Alfred Munnings Art Museum

Gardens^ top ^
Marks Hall

The Beth Chatto Gardens
The expert's own gardens, with areas devoted to woodland, water and drought tolerant plants
National Gardens Scheme

Countryside^ top ^
Dedham Vale
Explore Constable Country and the rest of this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
River Stour Trust

Essex Wildlife Trust

Resources^ top ^
The National Trust
The premier British Tourism directory - thousands of things to do and places to stay
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