Colchester and the Local Area

Colchester is the oldest recorded town in England and therefore has a great number of historical points of interest. Colchester Castle, Hollytree’s Museum and the Natural History Museum, all located in the town centre, make for interesting afternoons out. The surrounding area sits right in Constable Country and has many pretty villages and historical places to visit. Flatford Mill in East Bergholt, famous for Constable’s paintings, is a 15-minute drive from Colchester campus. In addition to this, Tudor Palace Layer Marney Tower is a 25-minute drive from Colchester campus and comes complete with a small farm and expansive gardens.

The Mercury Theatre and Odeon in Colchester town centre offer films and live performances as do the Lakeside Theatre and Cine10 on Colchester campus. The Minories Art gallery next to firstsite is a free art gallery run by Colchester School of Art. Colchester Leisure Centre, Go Bananas, Jump St and Rollerworld, off Cowdray Avenue, are great places to take the kids if you’re a student parent, as is Colchester Zoo which keeps over 270 animals and has a variety of play areas, activities and cafes. In addition, here is a list of restaurants in the area, organised by price:


  • Lunch – American café
  • Noodle Zone – Chinese Restaurant
  • Missoula – British Bar
  • Yates – Pub food
  • Timbers – British Café
  • The Frying Castle – Fish and Chips
  • El Guaca - Mexican Grill
  • Il Padrino – Italian
  • Noodle Bar – Chinese Restaurant
  • Bombay Palace – Indian Restaurant
  • Naka Thai – Thai Restaurant
  • Bella Pais – Greek Restaurant
  • The Old Siege House Bar and Brasserie – British food
  • Le Talbooth, Dedham – British and French
  • Banquet 1408 – Chinese Restaurant
  • Memoirs Restaurant and Cocktail Bar – British and International