Colchester local attractions

During your stay at BEST WESTERN Marks Tey, take time to visit the numerous exciting local attraction within easy access of the hotel.

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Firstsite Contemporary Art Centre

This visual arts organisation aims to make contemporary art relevant to everyone and over the last fifteen years has gained a strong reputation by presenting ambitious work. The integrated programme of work includes projects, exhibitions and publications by established and emerging artists, as well as extensive learning opportunities and artists support initiative.

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Wilkin And Sons Ltd - Tiptree Tea Room And Visitor Centre

The Tiptree tea room and visitor centre is located in the jam factory grounds and the adjacent museum sits on the site where, in 1885, the very first Tiptree conserves were made. Due to the success of the centre since it first opened fifteen years ago, the tea room has overflowed into the original timber-framed building where you can enjoy a wide selection of Tiptree products, as well as top quality food, made on the premises.

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Mersea Island

This is the most easterly inhabited island in the country and it is most famous for their oysters.

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Colchester Zoo

Colchester Zoo is one of Europe’s finest zoos, winning the coveted “Large Attraction of the Year Award” as a result of its continuous development. Over 270 different species are held within the zoo’s 60 acres of beautiful parkland and lakes. Visitors can see a huge range of animals such as lion giraffes, penguins, elephants and sea lions, as well as rarer animals such as the amur tiger, komodo dragons and white rhinos. There are over 40 displays daily, as well as adventure play areas, road trains and more, making it a perfect day out for families and animal lovers alike.

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Colchester Castle Museum

Colchester is the oldest recorded town in Britain, offering a unique history and heritage. This is reflected in Colchester Castle Museum, the largest Norman keep in Europe. Discover over 2000 years of some of the most important events in British history; from its origins as a Roman Temple, to the devastation of the Boudiccan rebellion, to its use as a witches gaol.

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Clacton Pier

Dating back to the Victorian Era, Clacton Pier is one of Britain’s most well-known piers, and remains a key part of British cultural heritage. Having undergone refurbishments in recent years, the family run pier remains ever popular with both locals and tourists, and offers a number of gift shops, rides and video game arcades along its massive six acres; set against the backdrop of the award winning Clacton-on-Sea beach.

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Colchester Theatres

Theatre lovers will thrive on the buzzing arts scene within Colchester.  Mercury Theatre, Charter Hall, Colchester Arts Centre and Lakeside Theatre head up the professional arts; offering performances from professional touring theatres, dance productions, international musicians and more.  At the very heart of the amateur arts scene in Colchester, The Headgate Theatre holds numerous drama, comedy, film, music and dance events throughout the year, with occasional appearances from professional performers. Music fans will enjoy visits to CPL Live!, which intersperses professional musical performances with student acts, and for those with more classic musical tastes, an orchestral evening at Charter Hall will leave you suitably impressed.

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Shopping In Colchester

Historic Colchester, the oldest recorded town, has a bustling centre with shops to interest everyone from casual window browsers to expert bargain hunters. All of the usual big brand names can be located within dedicated town shopping centres such as Lion Walk and Culver Square, as well as within award winning department store Williams and Griffin. For more unusual items, Eld Lane offers an array of quirky specialist shops, and shoppers can hone their haggling skills at Colchester Market, which runs on Fridays and Saturdays in Colchester Square. Foodies will particularly enjoy Carpenters Farm shop, a family run farm shop selling a selection of meats, fish and fresh produce.

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