As part of a new series, we will be covering towns and cities in the UK, and why they are ideal travel locations, we will cover the location itself as well as some of the things you can get up to in this location, the first location in this series will be my home town, Colchester.

Being the oldest recorded roman town, and having a lot of the roman buildings, such as the castle intact, there is a lot of history to this town, and a lot to do in the town…

Colchester Castle

As said before, Colchester castle is a great way to learn about the history of Colchester and covers the history from the Romans to the Normans, there is a lot to show here, with tons of interactive displays and artefacts from an older time to learn about, there are also historians on the premise who even offer guided tours, if you enjoy your history then visiting here is a must!

The castle is situated in Castle Park, which is a very nice park with ice cream, play parks and lots of seating, perfect for picnics and often used for festivals such as the food and drink festival.

Colchester Zoo

Rated one of the best Zoos in Europe, you would be doing yourself a serious disservice not visiting here if you like Zoos. Very good for a day out, with lots of animal exhibits and places to get food (quite expensive though) but with day passes and many places for a picnic, it is an ideal day out.

Colchester Arts Center

A re-purposed church, known for playing lots of gigs and live music, if you find yourself in Colchester then it would be a good idea to have a look whats on during your time there, there could be something there worth looking at!

High Street

As a town that some argue should be a City (Lack of Cathedral and Chelmsford getting it instead – some are still salty about that) the high street is pretty packed, with all of the franchised venues you would expect, like a Mcdonalds, KFC, Weather-spoons ETC. But also has some more unique (for now) franchises such as Five Guys and even a Taco Bell!

There are also tons of cool local pubs such as the Castle, which is right next to castle park, and quite quaint, making it perfect for a relaxing pint at the end of the day, or even after a visit to the museum!


Part of what makes Colchester such a popular hub that has had the possibility for such expansion is the University. Colchester is home to Essex University, which is one of the leading universities in the area, having a business hub to benefit local business, and a public space with lots of fairly nice and cost effective restaurants and cafes.

The university also has a lot of bars and clubs, which are funded by the university itself and usually publicly available, so is an opportunity for cheap drinks and a fun night out.

Speaking of which…

Night Life

For a town, Colchester does have a good bit of a night life, with there being many clubs and bars that are open until the early hours of the morning, meaning that if your checklist for a holiday has clubbing or a bar crawl on it, then there are many clubs and bars to choose from!

The main clubs people go to are Atik, Yates and Three Wise Monkeys, all of which offer a different sort of experience, with all of them having events through the week. Obviously Colchester isn’t your local Ibiza, but the clubbing scene certainly isn’t bad if that’s your thing!

And that’s the things you can do in Colchester! As you can see there is a lot of varied activities to do and something for everybody, so if this all sounds good to you then why not pop down and see what all of the hype is about!