Claiming the title of the oldest town in Britain, Colchester sits in the north-easterly corner of Essex. Today, Colchester is a thriving modern town with some excellent attractions, such as the Colchester Castle and Colchester Zoo. You don’t have to go far to see the some of the town’s history though, from the narrow winding streets near the town centre to the Victorian styled buildings and thatched holiday homes. It’s location in Essex means you’re never too far from the luscious countryside where some excellent parks and walks can be found.

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A romantic, pet-friendly cottage for two, the Cart Lodge in Nayland makes a great rural escape. Enjoy this cosy cottage indoors or out, and explore the charms of Suffolk and Essex with their plentiful attractions and beautiful coastline. The Cart Lodge offers a swimming pool by arrangement.

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Colchester

    One of Colchester’s most popular attractions, particularly with families, is Colchester Zoo. The Zoo lies on the outskirts of the town and is home to a 270 species in over 50 displays. There are also opportunities for the kids to feed the elephants and giraffes too!

    The distinctive narrow streets near in the centre of Colchester are lined with plenty of specialist and independent stores. There’s a large number of traditional pubs and welcoming restaurants too, so you’re always close to a refreshing drink or a great meal.

    More recently, Colchester has been at the forefront of the contemporary arts.’Firstsite’, a contemporary art gallery, is home to a number of quirky exhibitions and a great little café. The building itself is architecturally stunning, and contrasts nicely with the old buildings that border it, so it’s worth checking out just for a photo opportunity.

    Another must-visit during your time at Colchester is Colchester Castle. It is the largest ever-built in Britain and due to refurbishment work still exists today. The castle itself is now a public museum, with interactive displays and regular workshops. It’s also in the town centre, and close to Castle Park, the picturesque park that sits opposite the Castle.

    A regular train service near the town centre takes you to London, and a day trip to the city could make your holiday even better! London has everything, and you may need more than one day to even visit a handful of the endless landmarks, attractions and shops that it has to offer.

    There are a lot of beautiful walks in Colchester due to the great deal of open parks in and around the town. A scenic walk through Castle Park takes you alongside the River Colne and close to the town centre. Two of the parks just outside of town also have neighbouring golf courses, Playgolf Colchester and Colchester Golf Club, ensuring a stay in or around the town ideal will appeal to any golf enthusiast.