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An attractive Essex market town, Colchester is located on the River Colne and an easy drive from the Suffolk border. It’s historically significant as the first city the Romans founded in Britain. Colchester is also the home to Colchester Institute: the biggest vocational college in Essex. A large student presence contributes to the town’s lively atmosphere.
Colchester Railway Station sits on the Great Eastern Main Line, which takes passengers into London Liverpool Street. That makes Colchester a popular town for commuters. It’s also within easy reach of Stansted Airport and the port of Harwich. Drivers can take the A12 to London or, in the opposite direction, to Suffolk and Norfolk.
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In the centre of Colchester, almost all on-street parking is for residents only. You can park for 30 minutes on some roads near shops and businesses, such as Middleborough and North Station Road. Some of these spaces are free outside of peak hours or on Sundays, while others are for residents only during these times. The best bet when visiting Colchester is to reserve a privately allocated space through JustPark or an off-street space.
Aside from privately allocated spaces and reservable driveways, most of the available parking in Colchester is in off-street car parks. Prices are generally reasonable. St John’s Car Park, for instance, costs only £3.50 for up to four hours and is a few minutes’ walk from the town centre.
At Colchester Railway Station there is an NCP car park that charges flat rates aimed at commuters. You can park all day there for £8.00, but it’s only really convenient for the train. The station is a good 30-minute walk from the town centre at moderate pace. Colchester also has a Park and Ride service just off the A12 at Colchester Park.
Colchester is well served by around 460 local bus routes as well as Express coach services to destinations such as London, Ipswich, Clacton, Heathrow Airport and Stansted airport.
Blue Badge Holders get free parking in all Colchester Borough Council car parks for up to three hours. The same benefit applies to Blue Badge parking bays in the town centre, including the High Street, North Hill and Castle Street.
Colchester’s main parking restrictions lie in the limited on-street parking, which is barely possible during peak hours except for residents and Blue Badge Holders.
Most of the restrictions that apply normally also apply on Bank Holidays. Much of Colchester’s residential parking is off limits to visits at all times. The Park and Ride service does not normally run on Sundays or bank holidays.
There is no problem dropping passengers off or picking them up in Colchester town centre, where numerous side streets make it easy to momentarily stop. At the railway station there are several dedicated drop-off and pick-up bays.
In Colchester itself, you can visit Colchester Castle. Built in the year 1100, it includes interactive exhibits, a jail and landscaped gardens. Alternatively, about five miles from the centre of Colchester is the famous Colchester Zoo, which houses over 260 species of animals.
The charming village of Dedham—a borough of Colchester—lies close to the Suffolk border. This is part of “Constable Country”, where the artist John Constable lived and painted many of his landscapes. You can hire a boat at Dedham and row along the peaceful River Stour.