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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! One of the latest new enclosures is 'Bears of the Rising Sun', a state of the art enclosure which houses two beautiful sun bears, Jo Jo and Srey Ya! 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! And 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: 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 #4 of 44 attractions in Colchester
Category: Gardens
Owner description: Find inspiration in 7.5 Acres of beautiful Essex Gardens complete with large plant nursery and Tea Rooms. Ten times Chelsea... more » Owner description: Find inspiration in 7.5 Acres of beautiful Essex Gardens complete with large plant nursery and Tea Rooms. Ten times Chelsea Gold Medal winner Beth Chatto welcomes you to her world-famous informal garden. Follow Drought tolerant planting as it descends into lush Water Gardens and the cool of Woodland Gardens, demonstrating perfectly the ethos of "right plant for the right place". Open seven days a week, the large plant Nursery propagates quality plants all year round while the Tea Rooms offer refreshment over-looking the Gravel Gardens. « less
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Ranked #5 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 #6 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 #7 of 44 attractions in Colchester
Category: Art Museums
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Ranked #8 of 44 attractions in Colchester
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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: 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 #14 of 44 attractions in Colchester
Category: History Museums
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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: Marks Hall Gardens and Arboretum from an unmissable attraction in the Essex countryside. Marks Hall combines many English... more » Owner description: Marks Hall Gardens and Arboretum from 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 trees and woodland paths to walk for miles. Each facet of the Estate gives lots of inspiration and will spark a need to return time and time again. « 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 #19 of 44 attractions in Colchester
Category: Bowling Alleys
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Ranked #21 of 44 attractions in Colchester
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Ranked #23 of 44 attractions in Colchester
Category: Historic Sites
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Ranked #24 of 44 attractions in Colchester
Category: Playgrounds
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Ranked #25 of 44 attractions in Colchester
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Ranked #26 of 44 attractions in Colchester
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Ranked #27 of 44 attractions in Colchester
Category: Historic Sites
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Ranked #28 of 44 attractions in Colchester
Category: Theaters
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Ranked #29 of 44 attractions in Colchester
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Ranked #30 of 44 attractions in Colchester
Category: Game/ Entertainment Centers
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