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Essex
England

Colchester

Colchester is a market town in the county of Essex, and the largest settlement within the borough of Colchester. It was the first founded Roman outpost in England, and is Britain's oldest recorded town. It is situated on the River Colne and is 50 miles northeast of London.

Visit Colchester Castle, a Norman castle from the second half of the 11th century. Its keep is the largest example of its kind anywhere in Europe, and it is built on the ruins of a Roman temple; due to this it is a Grade I listed building. Since 1860, the castle has been the home of Colchester Museum, which has an important collection of Roman exhibits.

If you've got animal lovers, check out Colchester Zoo, a 60-acre wildlife park with over 200 species of animal. Home to African elephants, giraffes, and some of the only Komodo dragons in England, it is a must-see. With a train to take you around the park, interactive exhibits and lots of experiences, it's one of Colchester’s main attractions.

Alternatively, head to Colchester Arts Centre, the home of live music, plays, comedy shows and more for Colchester. Coldplay, Eddie Izzard, Ronnie Scott, The Killers and more have been showcased there. It sits within St Mary’s Church, a 1,000-year-old building, and has a fascinating history, such as the burning of six protestants in 1557, and its use as a gun emplacement by the Royalist army in 1648.

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