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Colchester is an historic market town and the largest settlement within the borough of Colchester in the county of Essex. At the time of the 2011 UK Census, it had a population of 121,859, marking a considerable rise from the previous census and with considerable development since 2001 and ongoing building plans; it has been named as one of Britain's fastest growing towns. As the oldest recorded Roman town in Britain, Colchester is claimed to be the oldest town in Britain. It was for a time the capital of Roman Britain, and is a member of the Most Ancient European Towns Network. Colchester is some 50 miles northeast of London and is connected to the capital by the A12 road and its railway station which is on the Great Eastern Main Line.

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Colchester Castle

Colchester, Essex CO1 1TJ, UK
Colchester Castle in Colchester, Essex, England, is an example of a largely complete Norman castle. It is a Grade I listed building.
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Colchester Zoo

CO3 0SL Colchester, UK
Colchester Zoo is a zoological garden situated in Colchester, England. The zoo opened in 1963 and celebrated its 50th anniversary on 2 June 2013. It is home to many rare and endangered species, including big cats, primates and birds as well as a large number of invertebrates and fish species.
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Layer Marney Tower

Layer Marney, Nr. Colchester , Essex C05 9US, UK
Layer Marney Tower is a Tudor palace, composed of buildings, gardens and parkland, dating from 1520 situated in Layer Marney, Colchester, Essex, England. The building was designated Grade I listed in 1952.
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Hollytrees Museum

CO1 1UG
Hollytrees Museum is a free to visit, publicly owned museum in the centre of Colchester and close to Colchester Castle. It is situated in an eighteenth-century house, which was used as a private residence until 1929, when it became a museum.The first house on the site, known as "Symnells" after its owner, was later bought by the Shaw family, and passed from John Shaw to John Shaw III and John Shaw IV. When he died a minor, the house passed into chancery; his mother Jane Lessingham bought it but soon died.
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East Anglian Railway Museum

CO6 2DS
The East Anglian Railway Museum is located at Chappel and Wakes Colne railway station in Essex, England, which is situated on the former Great Eastern Railway branch line from Marks Tey to Sudbury. Services on the Sudbury Branch Line are operated by Abellio Greater Anglia. The museum has a wide collection of locomotives and rolling stock, some of which are fully restored, two are converted into Thomas and Toby replicas while others are undergoing repair and restoration. The Restoration Shed was built in 1983–4, before which most work had to take place in the Goods Shed or in the open. On event days, steam or diesel train rides are operated over a short demonstration track.
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St. John's Abbey Gatehouse

St John's Abbey, also called Colchester Abbey, was a Benedictine monastic institution in Colchester, Essex, founded in 1095. It was dissolved in 1539.
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St. Botolph's Priory (Ruins)

St. Botolph's Priory was a Medieval Augustinian religious house in Colchester, Essex and had the distinction of being the first and leading Augustinian convent in England until its dissolution in 1536.
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Balkerne Gate

Balkerne Gate is a 1st-century Roman gateway in Colchester. It is the largest surviving gateway in Roman Britain and was built where the Roman road from Londinium intersected the town wall. It is a Grade I listed building.
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Marks Tey

Marks Tey railway station is on the Great Eastern Main Line in the East of England, serving the village of Marks Tey, Essex. It is 46 miles 49 chains down-line from London Liverpool Street and on the GEML is situated between Kelvedon to the west and Colchester and to the east. Marks Tey is also the southern terminus of the Gainsborough Line to Sudbury. Its three-letter station code is MKT. The up Platform 1 has an operational length for nine-coach trains, the down Platform 2 can accommodate eleven-coach trains and Platform 3 has an operational length for two-coach trains.The station was opened in 1843 by the Eastern Counties Railway. It is currently operated by Greater Anglia, who also operate all trains serving it, as part of the East Anglia franchise.
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Marks Tey

Marks Tey railway station is on the Great Eastern Main Line in the East of England, serving the village of Marks Tey, Essex. It is 46 miles 49 chains down-line from London Liverpool Street and on the GEML is situated between Kelvedon to the west and Colchester and to the east. Marks Tey is also the southern terminus of the Gainsborough Line to Sudbury. Its three-letter station code is MKT. The up Platform 1 has an operational length for nine-coach trains, the down Platform 2 can accommodate eleven-coach trains and Platform 3 has an operational length for two-coach trains.The station was opened in 1843 by the Eastern Counties Railway. It is currently operated by Greater Anglia, who also operate all trains serving it, as part of the East Anglia franchise.
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Hotels

Premier Inn

Cowdray Avenue, CO1 1UT

Best Western The Rose & Crown

East Street, CO1 2TZ, Colchester

Quality Hotel Colchester

CO7 7QY

Premier Inn (Castle)

St. Peters Street, CO1 1HY, Colchester

Live & Let Live

Alma Street

The Red House

29, CO1 2DL

Holiday Inn Colchester

Woodlands