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Ranked #1 of 44 attractions in Colchester
Travelers' Choice™ 2014 Winner Attractions
Category: Zoos
Owner description: Colchester Zoo is constantly developing and has won many awards for its work. With over 270 species to see, set in 60 acres... more » Owner description: Colchester Zoo is constantly developing and has won many awards for its work. With over 270 species to see, set in 60 acres of beautiful parkland and lakes, Colchester Zoo is well worth a visit. As you walk around the zoo there's plenty of play areas to try out including the brand new indoor soft play area Jungle Tumble with a section for under 3s and all new play equipment where the kids can release their wild side! New enclosures for 2014 include 'Bears of the Rising Sun', a state of the art enclosure which houses two beautiful sun bears , Jo Jo and Srey Ya and 'Australian Rainbows', a new tropical walkthrough which houses a large group of lorikeets offering visitors a chance to feed them a treat of nectar. You can also come face to face with Komodo Dragons, see white rhino, giraffes, ostrich and kudu roaming together at Kingdom of the Wild and walk underwater through the 24m tunnel at the Playa Patagonia sealion pool. Learn more about the animals and see them up close by watching one of the 50 daily displays. You even get the fantastic opportunity to feed the elephants and giraffes yourself and take a ride on the 'Lost Madagascar Express' road train! Don't forget to pop into the discovery centre and have a go at handling some unusual bugs or get your face painted and transform yourself into your favourite animal! « less
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Ranked #2 of 44 attractions in Colchester
Category: Art Galleries
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Ranked #3 of 44 attractions in Colchester
Category: Gardens
Owner description: Open 7 days a week 7.5 Acres of inspirational Gardens £6.95 admission (under 14's Free). Gravel Garden, extensive Nursery and... more » Owner description: Open 7 days a week 7.5 Acres of inspirational Gardens £6.95 admission (under 14's Free). Gravel Garden, extensive Nursery and Tea Room all free to gain access. The Beth Chatto Gardens began in 1960. From an overgrown wasteland with poor gravel soil and boggy hollows, using the principles of ecological planting, it has been transformed into 7 acres of informal garden comprising of the Gravel Garden, Water Garden, Woodland Garden and Scree Garden all harmonising with the surrounding countryside. The gardens are an inspiration to anyone who visits them - the art of planting at its best. There is also an extensive Nursery with choice of over 2,000 different kinds of mainly herbaceous plants and bulbs. Light and spacious Tearoom with homemade cakes, light lunches, breakfasts, fresh ground coffee and selection of teas. Closed Christmas and New Year « less
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Ranked #4 of 44 attractions in Colchester
Category: Parks
Owner description: Colchester's distinctive heritage is nowhere more apparent than in Castle Park. A site of national importance, this Victorian... more » Owner description: Colchester's distinctive heritage is nowhere more apparent than in Castle Park. A site of national importance, this Victorian Park contains evidence of 2000 years of history and is a landscape moulded by the people of Colchester over many eras.Castle Park not only encompasses much of Colchester's rich heritage within its boundaries but is much loved and used as a part of present day life. It boasts over 1 million visitors a year. Providing a green oasis in the town centre, you can sit, walk, enjoy music, play games, or picnic amongst wonderful flowers and trees. Its horticulture is award-winning and the park has long been a superb venue for the town's big events.The park itself is designated Grade II on the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England. « less
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Ranked #5 of 44 attractions in Colchester
Category: Art Museums
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Ranked #6 of 44 attractions in Colchester
Category: Art Galleries
Owner description: A listed Georgian building, The Minories is of local importance within the historic town of Colchester. Gifted to the town by... more » Owner description: A listed Georgian building, The Minories is of local importance within the historic town of Colchester. Gifted to the town by the Victor Batte-Lay Trust, and occupied by Colchester School of Art. The Minories provides contemporary art and design in one of Colchester’s most distinctive buildings. The building has gallery spaces and a popular café surrounded by a walled garden. The Minories is next door to firstsite, in the centre of the town’s cultural quarter. « less
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Ranked #7 of 44 attractions in Colchester
Category: Theaters
Owner description: Free the fun in you! The Mercury exists to put theatre at the heart of the cultural life of the community it serves and to... more » Owner description: Free the fun in you! The Mercury exists to put theatre at the heart of the cultural life of the community it serves and to make work in Colchester that reaches audiences and generates critical attention regionally and nationally. « less
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Ranked #8 of 44 attractions in Colchester
Category: Gardens
Owner description: Recommended in Great British Gardens 2014 and Essex Days out as well as visit Essex. Featured on front cover of Homes and... more » Owner description: Recommended in Great British Gardens 2014 and Essex Days out as well as visit Essex. Featured on front cover of Homes and Gardens 2012 and Ma Maison Ma Jardin 2013. 20 acres of professionally designed gardens within woodland destroyed by the 1987 Hurricane. Now laid out with terrace, japanese garden, seaside garden, water gardens, gravel garden and extensive woodland gardens. It is a plantsmans paradise with a host of unusual plants in all seasons often of borderline hardiness thriving in the unique island microclimate. Special highlights include, snowdrops, Bluebells and Azaleas in MAy and spectacular Autumn colour. « less
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Ranked #9 of 44 attractions in Colchester
Category: Museums
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Ranked #10 of 44 attractions in Colchester
Category: Historic Sites
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Ranked #11 of 44 attractions in Colchester
Category: Art Galleries; Art Museums
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Ranked #12 of 44 attractions in Colchester
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Ranked #13 of 44 attractions in Colchester
Category: History Museums
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Ranked #14 of 44 attractions in Colchester
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Ranked #15 of 44 attractions in Colchester
Category: Amusement/ Theme Parks
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Ranked #16 of 44 attractions in Colchester
Category: Gardens
Owner description: The Gardens and Arboretum at Marks Hall form an unmissable attraction in the Essex countryside. Marks Hall combines many... more » Owner description: The Gardens and Arboretum at Marks Hall form an unmissable attraction in the Essex countryside. Marks Hall combines many English traditions with beautiful formal gardens, a stunning Arboretum with an enviable collection of mature trees from across the world, woodland and leafy paths to walk on for miles. A visit to Marks Hall will inspire a need to return time and time again seeing new things as they happen throughout the year. « less
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Ranked #17 of 44 attractions in Colchester
Category: Tourist/ Visitor Centers
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Ranked #18 of 44 attractions in Colchester
Category: Theaters
Owner description: A converted 19th Century Chapel The Headgate Theatre now boasts a fantastic 87 seat studio theatre that serves as the home to... more » Owner description: A converted 19th Century Chapel The Headgate Theatre now boasts a fantastic 87 seat studio theatre that serves as the home to amateur theatre in Colchester. A full and varied programme includes drama, musical theatre,live music, dance and many other varieties of performance. « less
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Ranked #20 of 44 attractions in Colchester
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Ranked #21 of 44 attractions in Colchester
Category: Bowling Alleys
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Ranked #22 of 44 attractions in Colchester
Category: Historic Sites
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Ranked #23 of 44 attractions in Colchester
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Ranked #24 of 44 attractions in Colchester
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Ranked #25 of 44 attractions in Colchester
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Ranked #26 of 44 attractions in Colchester
Category: Playgrounds
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Ranked #27 of 44 attractions in Colchester
Owner description: Year round fun for all the family can be had at Leisure World Colchester, with its wide range of sports and leisure... more » Owner description: Year round fun for all the family can be had at Leisure World Colchester, with its wide range of sports and leisure activities. Whether you want to swim, work out in the gym, play sports or enjoy the social aspect of attending fun fitness classes, there is something for you at Leisure World Colchester. You can enjoy the facilities on a 'pay as you go' basis or by becoming a member. « less
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Ranked #28 of 44 attractions in Colchester
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Ranked #29 of 44 attractions in Colchester
Category: Historic Sites
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Ranked #30 of 44 attractions in Colchester
Category: Theaters
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