Colchester, is located the eastern corner of England, in the county of Essex, just slightly to the north of London. Due to its long history, there are many places of interest to visit in Colchester - in fact, there is such a lot to occupy your time here that a single day here is quite simply not long enough. Around the county of Essex there is a huge diversity of things to keep the visitor busy.
For the hardy, outdoor visitor, try NOMAD Sea Kayaking, which even caters for complete beginners, or visit the watersports and outdoor education centre at the Southend Marine Activities Centre which belongs to Southend Council and, being fully accredited RYA and BCU, is licensed to provide courses for the general public as well as schools' visitors. Staying with the great outdoors, visit the River Lee where you will find Lee Valley Boat Centre. Here you can hire a vessel for private function, or take a leisurely hourly cruise along the river.
For the culture buffs, there is the Mercury Theatre, situated at Balkerne Gate. For those of you who are entranced by Colchester's past, you will find St Botolph's Priory, built during the 12th century, close to the mainline railway station. The museum, at Colchester Castle is a mine of information. The castle, which was built on the remains of a Roman temple, features one of Europe's biggest Norman keeps and, although this part is in ruins, other areas of the castle house the museum and contains many original Roman artifacts, and other items of interest from British history. Apart from museums, there is a zoo, featuring a new sea lion enclosure, at the castle, and the Layer Marney Tower, built during Henry VIII's reign. This is a particularly famous Essex landmark.
Colchester also features an excellent shopping centre - including many of the smaller, individual specialist shops that sell a myriad of miscellaneous and unusual items. To keep the children from getting bored, a visit to Rollerworld will soon buck them up: recognised as being the best roller rink in Europe, Rollerworld has innumerable other features to claim the attention of the most jaded youngster - such as Quasar, a laser game, and Bowlingo which is a bit like ten pin bowling.
If your children are still looking for more fun, take them along to the One Minet Skate Park which is a concrete skate park built on American lines - even total beginners can enjoy themselves in the landscaped grounds where a mini-skate park is available for them to get the hang of this activity. In Essex, it really is the case of 'too little time - and too much to do'. Enjoy your visit and be sure to return.