Visiting Colchester

Description of Colchester

In Colchester, 2000 years of history meets modern life, gathering into one place everything you need for a day trip, a short break or a longer stay. The nearby coast and countryside exudes charm, and is a great starting point to discover the East of England!

Inside info

The Colchester Castle Museum is in itself, a good reason to visit the town. The visit takes you through 2000 years of some of the most important events in British history, from the Stone Age to the Civil War. The one-thousand-year-old castle exhibits the largest Norman keep in Europe, superb Roman displays, and provides guests with hands-on activities and tours. They also organise events all year round to satisfy everybody’s expectations.The district immediately north of Colchester's Town Hall is known as the Dutch Quarter, with an impressive number of pretty little houses with pointed gables. At the end of the 16th century Flemish refugees fleeing religious persecution made their homes here. In the heart of this district stands St. Martin's Church, a wonderful edifice which mixes many architectural and ecclesiastic styles from ancient times. Absolutely worth seeing!The Tymperleys Clock Museum is housed in a restored 15th century half-timbered house featuring the famous Bernard Mason Collection, one of the largest collections of clocks in Britain. The museum gives a fascinating insight into this specialist trade. Moreover, it is a great chance to dive back into your childhood memories of grandfather clocks.You should also not miss the awarded Colchester Zoo, one of Europe's finest zoos. Interacting with the animals in daily displays, feeding giraffes and elephants, touching a snake or watching a bird of prey show are adventures you won’t forget. Don't miss Playa Patagonia – the underwater sea lion experience and the Dragons of Komodo. The whole family will enjoy this day out!Where to stay?The George Hotel ***A quiet retreat in an historical building located in the town centre, which has its distinctive brewery, for a luxurious and relaxing rest. Double room £58116 High Street, Colchester, CO1 1TDWhere to eat?The Lemon Tree Reasonably priced, good quality food. Pop in on a Saturday afternoon to take advantage of their hearty brunch.48 St Johns Street, Colchester, CO2 7AD

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Recorded in 43 A.C, Colchester claims to be the oldest town in Britain

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Geographical situation and climatic info for Colchester

Colchester, situated in the county of Essex is Britain's first Roman city and the oldest recorded town. It experiences a continental climate with cold winters and warm summers and plenty of sunshine year round. It also has the country's lowest rainfall. This weather makes it ideal to grow roses and strawberries and some of the best English wine is made here. Average maximum summer temperatures are around 22°C and average minimum temperatures are around 12°C. The highest recorded temperature was 35°C in August 2003. Average minimum winter temperatures are 1°C and average maximum temperatures are 6°C.

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The climate in Colchester

Found in Essex in East England, Colchester is a historic town that has a population of 104,390. It is the oldest recorded town in Britain with roots dating back to Celtic times. Popular attractions include the Colchester Castle and its museum, Hollytrees Museum, and the Colchester Zoo. Colchester has an oceanic climate and is found in one of the driest areas of the UK. It has an annual precipitation of only 635mm. The average high temperatures in summer are around 23°C. In winter, highs are about 7°C with lows being around 2°C.