still a town full of buildings of great age and
character. There are many restaurants and
historic pubs, catering from all tastes from
MacDonalds through to French, Thai, Nepalese and
of course Indian & Chinese. Colchester also has many quaint old
style shopping areas as well as the more modern
shopping centre in Culver Square with its water
fountain and street entertainers, a popular local
meeting place plus a market held every Friday.
Away from the town centre are several other
shopping areas - at Stanway (electrical,
home/furnishing, groceries, office
equipment/stationary), at Turner Rise
(electrical, home/furnishing, groceries) , and in
Cowdrey Avenue (home/furnishing, car accessories,
pet supplies, office equipment/stationary). The
town is also home to the University of Essex and
is well known for its links with the army which
has a large garrison based in Colchester. The
badges of 19 regiments associated with the town
can be seen displayed along the wall by the road
as you pass up Balkerne Hill. We are also famous
for our Oysters first sampled by the Romans.
These are cultivated and harvested off the coast
of Mersea Island and enjoyed yearly at the
Colchester Oyster Feast in the Town Hall.
its own award-winning independant department
store Williams & Griffin, (shown left). It is
renowned locally for its inventive animated
window display during the Christmas period.
below shows Red Lion Walk, named because it runs
beside and under the Red Lion Pub & Hotel,
which itself has a history going back into the
15th century. Visitors to the town should also
investigate the cobbled streets of Eld Lane &
Trinity Street, an area which is full of small,
character-filled shops and tea/coffee rooms. If
you prefer the big, modern stores, visit to
Culver Square shopping centre where you will find
famous name stores such as Debenhams, C & A,
Marks & Spencer, Boots, W.H. Smith, Dixons
etc.... Colchester also has many specialist shops
- some dedicated to themes such as Dolls Houses
& Teddy Bears!
|The town also
has what must be one of the most appealing Post
Office buildings in the country (pictured left).
This sits proudly at the head of the main street
at the top of the hill and is an old oak beamed
building. It became the town's main Post Office
|In 1998 a
nationwide poll voted Colchester one of the best
places in Britain to live for 'quality of life'
and low rates of crime.
There is much, much more I could
write about the town of which its residents are
so proud. If you love history & culture, it's
a place you can't afford to miss.
|If you want to get out
into the countyside, within 20 minutes drive of
Colchester you can visit Flatford & Dedham,
famous for the paintings of John Constable and
again full of culture and history. Our position
close to the port of Harwich and London Stansted
airport makes Colchester an ideal base from which
to explore East Anglia, including places such as
Norwich, Cambridge, Bury St Edmunds &
Ipswich. We are close to the Norfolk Broads and
only 45 minutes drive from the famous horse
racing town of Newmarket. But thanks to the fast
train service to London, you can be in Liverpool
Street station in East London within 50 minutes.
If you prefer the beach, Clacton and
Walton-on-the-Naze are 20 minutes to the East.
Clacton is a typical commercial resort, while
Walton has a more sedate, quiet air about it.
Both have beautiful, long, sandy beaches.
I hope you find this guide
informative and maybe see you in town sometime.
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