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Here is a selection of places in Colchester that you might like to visit during your stay. Links to web site are provided where possible. Also check the Food & Drink Section for details of pubs, cafes, restaurants and nightclubs. If your Visitor Attraction is not here you can add it free! Visit the Suggest a Site page.

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Colchester Castle & Museum
Castle Park, High Street
10am-5pm Mon-Sat, 2pm-5pm Sun (Mar to Nov only).
01206 282937
Colchester Zoo
Maldon Road, Stanway
9.30am-6pm Mon-Sun.
01206 331292

Mercury Theatre
Balkerne Gate
Shows and plays throughout the year.
01206 573948

Odeon Cinema
Head Street
New cinema opened October 2002. 8 screens showing the latest films.
01206 544869

Gala Bingo
Osbourne Street
Play for big cash prizes in a large, modern bingo hall
01206 573680

Charter Hall
Cowdray Avenue
Concert and exhibition centre.
01206 282020

Colchester Arts Centre
Church Street
Live folk, jazz, rock and blues music.
01206 500900

Highwoods Country Park
Turner Road
Open Dawn to dusk. Organised walks & nature trails available.
01206 853588

Tymperleys, 15th Century House & Clock Museum
Trinity Street
10am-5pm Apr to Oct Tue-Sat.
01206 282931

Guided Walking Tours
Visitor Information Centre,
Queen Street
11am Jun to Sep Every Day.
01206 282920

Open Top Bus Tours
Buses start from Cowdray Crescent, by the War Memorial
10 stop hop-on/hop-off tour with pre-recorded commentary in English.
Tours run every 60 minutes on Sat/Sun (June), Daily (July-Aug)
01708 866000

Guided Castle Tours
Castle Museum, Castle Park
Apr to Oct, Every Day
Nov to Mar, Mon-Sat only
01206 282931

Ghost Pub Tour
From outside the Town Hall,
High Street
7.30pm Every Thursday (Over 18's Only)
01206 513249

Hollytrees Museum
High Street, Colchester
Exhibits from Colchester's past.
01206 282931

Firstsite Minories Art Gallery
High Street, Colchester
Georgian townhouse showing art exhibits all year round.
Open Oct - Apr 10am to 4pm Mon-Sat only
May - Sep 10am - 5pm
Closed Bank Holidays. Includes link to live Web Cam of new VAF site.
01206 577067

Natural History Museum
High Street, Colchester
Learn all about the local environment.
01206 282931

Bourne Mill
Bourne Road, Colchester
16th Century fishing lodge, converted into a mill.
Open 2pm-5.30pm Sunday & Tuesday from June to August
Open Sunday & Monday on all Bank Holiday Monday weekends.
01206 572422

Beth Chatto Gardens
Elmstead Market, Colchester
Famous display gardens based on a Mediterranean theme.
01206 822007

Go Bananas
Cowdray Centre, Cowdray Avenue, Colchester
Indoor adventure playground for children.
01206 761762

Childsplay Adventure Playground
Clarendon Way, Colchester
Indoor adventure playground for children.
01206 366566

Abberton Reservoir Wildfowl and Visitor Centre
Abberton, Colchester
Bird watching and nature trails.
01206 738172

Fingringhoe Wick Nature Reserve
Fingringhoe, Colchester
Bird watching and nature trails.
01206 729678

University of Essex Student Union Entertainment Department
University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park
Various events through the year, many open to the public.
01206 863236

Carter's Vineyard
Green Lane, Boxted, Colchester
Visit an English Vineyard and sample the produce.
01206 271136

Cants of Colchester
Nayland Road, Colchester
Visit Colchester's specialist rose growers.
01206 844008

Times of opening liable to change, please check before making any arrangements.
Colchester Borough council have produced this 63-page booklet which is available free of charge from the tourist information centre in Queen Street (Tel. 01206 282920). It gives full contact details, descriptions, opening times and admission prices for many popular visitor attractions in and around Colchester.

If you would like a free copy of this booklet, please e-mail your name & address details to and your request will be passed on (free mailing is not available to Colchester based residents who should call into the office in person).

Your details will not be sold or passed on for any other reason.

Some popular local Garden Centres & Nurseries

Country Gardens
London Road, Stanway, Colchester

Tel. 01206 213050

Notcutts Garden Centre
Station Road, Ardleigh, Colchester

Tel. 01206 230271

Poplar Nurseries
Coggeshall Road, Marks Tey, Colchester

Tel. 01206 210374

Mill Race Nursery
New Road, Aldham, Colchester

Tel. 01206 242521

Looking for something a little bit different?
Hot Air Balloon Flights
Eastern Ballon Rides
Bower Hall, Western Road, Silver End, Witham, Essex CM8 3SG
Tel. 01376 585544
Chauffeur Driven Limousine
Luxury Limousine Hire
38 Alderford Street, Sible Hedingham, Essex CO9 3HX
Tel. 01787 469990
If you're looking for great ideas to keep children occupied, want to find local suppliers of children's clothes and nursery/play equipment or are looking for playschools, nursery schools, childminders, clubs etc. you may find this magazine invaluable. You can pick up a copy free at Early Learning in the town centre, Go Bananas and many local nursery schools.

Alternatively you can subscribe and have a copy delivered. Please visit http://www.kidaround.biz for more details, e-mail info@kidaround.biz or telephone (01206) 863737 - and don't forget to mention you saw it on ColchesterGuide.



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