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All you need to know about Colchester

Colchester is a market town and large settlement in Essex. It lies within the borough of Colchester, and is located approximately 50 miles from London. It has a population of more than 180,000, and is one of Britain’s fastest growing towns.  The town falls under the governance of Colchester Borough Council, which oversees everything from housing to recycling.

Colchester is regarded as one of Britain’s driest regions. It has an Oceanic climate and, during the 2003 European heat wave, basked in temperatures as high as 36.1°C

Colchester is considered the oldest town in Britain. Its origins date back to Celtic times, during which time it went by the name Camulodunum. By the Medieval period, Colchester was given its first Royal Charter, and developed rapidly thereon, becoming a centre for the woollen cloth industry.

Modern day Colchester retains much of old charm. The town is noted for its winding streets, Tudor houses and historic buildings. Still intact are the magnificent Colchester Castle and St. Botolph’s Priory, along with various historic sites.

Popular attractions include Colchester Town Hall, St John’s Abbey Gate and St. Helen’s Chapel. Other attractions worth seeing are Gosbecks Archaeological Park, the Mercury Theatre, Colchester Art Centre and Colchester Zoo – which boasts over 260 rare species of animals. If museums are your thing, head to Hollytrees Museum.

Colchester is currently undergoing development, and has ambitions to become a key commercial hub. Its town centre boasts numerous shopping centres, independent stores and cafes, which will very soon be joined by new public spaces and features. The town has a number of public and private schools, which make it a great place to relocate to and settle down in as a family.

Colchester offers both train and bus links. A number of bus companies operate there and provide reliable connections across the town. Colchester railway station is the town’s main train station, and is served by Abellio Greater Anglia. The closest airport to Colchester is Southend Airport at roughly 24 miles away.

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