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#1 of 42 attractions in Colchester
Category: Zoos
Owner description: Colchester Zoo is one of the finest Zoos in Europe with over 260 rare species in 60 acres. See "Playa Patagonia" with its 24... more » Owner description: Colchester Zoo is one of the finest Zoos in Europe with over 260 rare species in 60 acres. See "Playa Patagonia" with its 24 metre tunnel under the water to view sea lions swimming above your head and "Dragons of Komodo" for the infamous Komodo Dragons. At the "Spirit of Africa" you can see the breeding group of African elephants and at "Kingdom of the Wild" there's Zebras, Ostriches, White Rhinos, and Giraffes in a huge savannah style enclosure. Orangutan Forest opens 2009. Don't miss the chance to feed the elephants and giraffes yourself plus lots of other daily displays. « less
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#2 of 42 attractions in Colchester
Category: Art Galleries
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#3 of 42 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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#4 of 42 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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#5 of 42 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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#6 of 42 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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#7 of 42 attractions in Colchester
Category: Museums
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Category: Art Galleries; Art Museums
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Category: Art Museums
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#10 of 42 attractions in Colchester
Category: Amusement/ Theme Parks
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#11 of 42 attractions in Colchester
Category: Tourist/ Visitor Centers
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#12 of 42 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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#13 of 42 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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#14 of 42 attractions in Colchester
Category: History Museums
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#16 of 42 attractions in Colchester
Category: Gardens
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#17 of 42 attractions in Colchester
Category: Historic Sites
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#18 of 42 attractions in Colchester
Category: Bowling Alleys
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#22 of 42 attractions in Colchester
Category: Historic Sites
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#23 of 42 attractions in Colchester
Category: Playgrounds
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Category: Historic Sites
#27 of 42 attractions in Colchester
Category: Theaters
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#29 of 42 attractions in Colchester
Category: Game/ Entertainment Centers
#30 of 42 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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