Activities and Attractions
Tourist Information Tel:01206 282920
Beth Chatto Gardens Tel:01206 822007
Covering 6 acres, these beautiful gardens came into being in 1960. Mrs Beth Chatto, a British garden designer and author. From an overgrown wasteland with poor gravel soil and boggy hollows it has been transformed into an informal garden harmonising with the surrounding countryside.
Colchester Zoo Tel:01206 331292
Home to more than 270 species and set amongst beautiful parkland and lakes, the award-winning zoo has a dedicated programme of development and is considered to be one of the finest zoos in Europe.
Boxted Airfield Museum Tel:01206 865275
The museum displays include the nose gearing mechanism from a P47 Thunderbolt, the largest piece of a B26 Marauder in the UK, the WW2 diary of the 386th bomb group, as well as artefacts from the airfield and general WW2 items.
Carter’s Vineyards Tel:01206 271136
The vineyard is set in enchanting surroundings comprising of 40 acres of vines, wildflower meadows, lakes and woodlands. Visitors can take a tour of the vineyard and winery with tastings (small charge).
Castle Park provides the perfect setting for a huge range of events including swhows, festivals and concerts. Its central location and 24 acre award-winning landscape make it the ideal place for a relaxing stroll.
Colne Valley Railway Tel:01787 461174
Enjoy a trip on the mile long length of award-winning rail track, with relocated station buildings, signal boxes and bridges all lovingly restored and rebuilt by volunteers.
Colchester Museums There are several museums in Colchester, including Colchester Castle Museum, Hollytrees Museum and the Natural History Museum.