10 places to visit in Colchester

We have a lot on campus, but there’s still places to be explored in the local area... here's our fave places!

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We have a lot on campus, we almost have it all! We have an on-campus cinema, theatre, coffee shops, bars, a nightclub, a library, study spaces - we even have our own cat! 

BUT… there’s still places to be explored off-campus in the local area. Here are our top 10 places to visit in Colchester.  

1. Firstsite 

Firstsite is a venue in the centre of Colchester. They show a diverse, global mix of historic, modern and contemporary art. With free entry and a varied programme of  exhibitions, films, workshops and events, alongside a café and shop, you’re bound to find something to do here. 

2. Rollerworld 

Within walking distance of campus, this is a must for all the fans of roller skating, laser tag, food and drinks! 

3. Colchester Castle 

A good option if you love history, but it’s also great for a walk as the grounds are a beautiful place to visit (the grounds and gardens are free!). 

4. Colchester Leisure World 

One of the things we don’t have on campus is a swimming pool. Luckily, Colchester Leisure World is a couple bus stops down the road. If you fancy a bit of relaxation, Aqua Springs spa is attached to the building where you can enjoy jacuzzis, monsoon shower, saunas, steam, salt inhalation and aroma rooms. 

5. Jump Street 

A great place to burn off some energy. If you’ve been looking for a fun trampoline park to go to (I mean, why not?) this is the place to go! 

6. Country parks 

There are lots of country parks within a short drive of Colchester. Cudmore Grove, East Mersea is a personal favourite but there’s also great parks in Wivenhoe & Colchester.  

7. Colchester Zoo 

Possibly Colchester’s top attraction, supported by both tourists and locals.You’ll need to make your way to a bus stop where you can catch the number 75 (FirstBus). 

8. Mercury Theatre 

This one's for the theatre lovers, obviously. They host a range of performances from monologues to musicals, there’s bound to be something on. 

9. Beaches 

If you’re looking to head further out, there are loads of beaches that you can hop on the train or bus to. There are sandy beaches in Clacton, Frinton, Holland and Jaywick, with cliffs and coastline in Walton. Visiting a seaside resort is an absolute must! 

10. Supermarkets 

They’re not much of an attraction, but it’s good to know where the local shops are. We’re pretty sure you can get most things you need at The Store or Mini Store, but if not, there is a large Tesco Superstore within a 10 minute walk and a large Lidl slightly further on. 

Take a look at this video by @incolchester that shows you Colchester Town Centre in 20 seconds! 


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