Date issued: 27 March 2019
Following Visit Colchester’s Roman Invasion of Liverpool Street Station this month, and to support English Tourism Week, we would like to encourage as many people as possible to get out and about and discover the many great tourist attractions that Colchester, Britain’s First City, offers visitors and residents alike.
English Tourism Week is a week-long celebration of tourism in England and takes place this year from the 30 March – 7 April, to mark the start of the new tourist season.
Pop in to see the friendly team at the Visitor Information Centre and find out how you can start your very own Colchester Roman Invasion with friends and family, by letting them know of all the great touristy things you can do in your own town!
To celebrate we are giving away FREE Visit Colchester goodies to the first 50 people who head to the Visitor Centre in Hollytrees Museum each day, for the duration of English Tourism Week.
In AD49, Camulodunum (Colchester) was the first place in Britain to be given the status of a Roman Colonia or City by the Emperor Claudius and was also the first capital of Roman Britain. Today, Britain’s First City boasts a plethora of Roman heritage sites to visit – from the oldest and longest Roman city walls, to the Roman Circus Centre where visitors can explore the history of the only Roman chariot racing track to be discovered in Britain.
This Easter, children (and adults!) can go on a great Rotten Romans and Naughty Normans guided walking tour packed full of plenty of gory details, that children will love!
For older visitors, Camulodunum to Colchester walking tours take place regularly throughout the year, leaving from the Visitor Centre. FREE App, audio and paper self-guided heritage walking trails are also available for those who prefer to go it alone!
Any Roman Invasion is not complete without a visit to Colchester Castle. The Castle was constructed with recycled Roman materials and is the largest Norman Keep in Europe. Built on the foundations of the Roman Temple of Claudius, it’s a great place to visit with family this Easter. Why not head along on Sunday 14 April and come face to face with the Dragon, but only if you are brave enough!
So, help Visit Colchester celebrate English Tourism Week and come along to the Visitor Centre to claim a free Visit Colchester give-away and plan where to visit first.