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Our Top Things to do in Colchester

There are plenty of things to do in Colchester and a visit to our Essex region wouldn’t be complete without experiencing one of our suggestions below.

Whether you want to explore Colchester with your family, friends or your other half, the city has a lot to offer; here is a short selection of places to visit during your stay with us.


Spend some quality time with the animals at Colchester Zoo

Colchester Zoo is one of the biggest zoos in the country and is located only 7 miles away from the hotel. In addition to discovering a wide range of animals, there are plenty of activities available, including watching animals being fed or having your face painted. As one of the most convenient hotels near Colchester Zoo, the Crowne Plaza Resort – Five Lakes is the ideal destination if you want to extend your stay in the area. We have a great offer for families who want to make the most time at the Zoo.


Step back in time at Colchester Castle

Right in the centre of Colchester, the castle is a great part of English heritage and showcases a vast variety of collections dating back 2,000 years. There are lots of talks and tours so you get to experience Colchester Castle in a more interactive way; there is also an exciting light and sound projection show that you won’t want to miss.


Go shopping in Colchester

In Colchester, you will find eclectic mix of businesses that are ideal for a nice afternoon of shopping. Whether you are looking for independent shops or more high-street brands, you are in the right place! There is also a weekly market on Fridays and Saturdays if you prefer to wander around.


Escape the city in one of Colchester’s many parks

If you want to escape the noise of the city and recharge, head to one of the city’s parks where you can take a stroll and people watch. Right near the city’s High Street, you will come across the Victorian Castle Park that is rich in history and attracts an impressive number of visitors every year. If you want to venture 6 miles outside of Colchester, then the Beth Chatto Gardens are one of the most well-known parks thanks to their beautiful landscapes and important collections of plants.


Colchester is not short of exciting places to visit and thanks to its convenient location and relaxing environment, the Crowne Plaza Resort Colchester– Five Lakes proves to be the perfect destination to enjoy your time in the region.


If you are looking for things to do in Colchester and wish to make the most of your time in the area, book your stay at Five Lakes directly and you’ll receive the very best rates. Call or contact us now.