Take a guided walking tour and discover the real Colchester

Colchester, Essex

Britain’s oldest recorded town has a raft of different tours exploring different aspects of the town’s history, all hugely enjoyable too.

Discover Colchester’s role in some of Britain’s most important historic events. Why did Boudica burn the town down in AD60? Why did the Roman Emperor Claudius visit, with elephants, to take the surrender of 11 British Kings? Why was Colchester besieged for 11 weeks in 1648?

You can have this and the town’s architectural collection explained by expert Guides. Castle Park, the Dutch Quarter, the Jumbo water tower, the medieval ruins of St Botolph’s Priory and Britain’s largest surviving Roman gateway all have a tale to tell, not to mention how the children’s classic Twinkle Twinkle Little Star came to be written in Colchester.

Do you have a favourite historical era? Then themed tours are for you. Patrol with Roman Centurion Marcus Favonius and discover his life and times. Find out how the Victorians changed the landscape of Colchester, or follow the Town to Sea Trail to the River Colne.

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