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Welcome to Colchester Online - your local guide for Colchester, Britain's oldest recorded town.

If you have never been to Colchester, here is a quick intro. Colchester is a large town based north east Essex near the Suffolk boundary and is a short drive from the coast.

Colchester is reputed to be the oldest town in Britain, dating back from the Roman occupation when it was known as Camulodunum. Large parts of the Roman walls that surrounded the city still exist today and there are a number of museums where various artifacts recovered from archaeological excavations can be seen.

The town also has a rich diversity of recreational and cultural facilities including several theatres and live music venues. Nearby there are oyster farms, a zoo and outstanding countryside views at the Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Colchester has a buoyant local economy with a strong concentration of firms in key industry sectors including financial services, publishing, retail, leisure, technology and electronics. Bricks are also manufactured in Colchester and have been for around 2,000 years!

If you are a planning a visit to Colchester, take a look at our hotel guide which includes an online booking facility to find the best Colchester hotels and bed and breaksfast accommodation.

Read more about Colchester in the About Colchester section.