Colchester refers to a historic town which is also the largest settlement area with the borough of Colchester. It is known to be one of the fastest growing towns in Britain. Being the oldest documented capital of Roman Britain, Colchester claims to be the oldest market and town in Britain. It is a member of the Most Ancient European Towns Network. Stansead Airport is about 45 kilometres away and it is about 97 kilometres from London. Cities near Colchester include Leicester, Coventry, Pas-de-Calais and Nottingham.
One of the museums in Colchester is the Colchester Castle Museum which takes you through a journey of over two thousand years and undoubtedly the most important events in the history of Britain. It is an award winning museum that features many hands on displays of Colchester from the Stone Age to present day. This has made the museum become a Designated Collection of national importance. The Colchester Natural History Museum tells stories of the history of Colchester from the age when mammoths and hippos roamed here. It also gives an account of the 1884 earthquake. If you want to learn more about amazing events, rent a car in Colchester and make your way to the museum. The Tymperleys Clock Museum offers one an opportunity to step back into time and enjoy the finest collection of watches and clocks in Colchester. The museum is home to the Bernard Mason Collection which is one of the largest collections of clocks in the U.K. The Hollytrees Museum takes you on a journey through time by availing to you hands on displays and exhibits.
There are a number of galleries around Colchester including the first site that is yet to open and which will be a contemporary visual arts museum. The other gallery is the University Of Essex Collection Of Latin American Art which showcases contemporary art in all media not only for the local but international audience. The University of Essex gallery deals with all kinds of activities that are geared towards stimulating research, creating awareness and leading to the appreciation of art from Latin America. To get to these locations, hire a car in Colchester.
The attractions near Colchester include St. Johns Abbey Gate which was built in circa 1400 and is a pinnacled gatehouse which feature elaborate decorations attributed to East Anglican flush work. It is the sole survivor of the Benedictine Abbey of St. John. The other attraction is the St. Botolph’s Priory which is the remains of the first Augustinian priories in England having been founded in the 12th century. It is a classic example of ancient Norman architecture. To get to these attractions you need a car for rent in Colchester. Other attractions include the Lexden Earthworks and Bluebottle Grove and Bourne Mill.
There are many geographical attractions around Colchester including Camvlodvnvm, Gryme’s Dyke, St. Botophs Brook, Birch Brook, Roman River, Ardleigh Reservoir, Chest Wood, Pitchbury Ramparts, Churn Wood and River Colne. Some of the beaches around Colchester include West Mersea, Jaywick and Brightlingsea.
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