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If you are moving to Colchester, Essex, read on to find out more about this attractive, historic town.
Situated within easy reach of Ipswich and London, Colchester is a sought after place to live and work. It is an ancient town with a wealth of history that dates as far back as Roman times; it was England’s first ever city and was once declared the capital of Britain. Remnants of its historic past still remain including Roman walls, old-world houses, Norman churches and, of course, the landmark Norman Castle.
Things to See in Colchester
One of the biggest attractions in Colchester is the castle, which followed almost the same design as the Tower of London and was built under orders from William the Conqueror. The castle park is open to the public and hosts a variety of events and festivals throughout the year including an annual firework display. From a natural history museum, to the zoo and arts centre, there is plenty to see and do in Colchester; and it’s a great place for families of all ages to settle as there are lots of activities on offer.
Shopping in Colchester
Colchester is a shoppers’ delight with high street retail outlets, to the elegant Williams and Griffin’s luxury department store selling a host of famous brand names, designer clothing and handbags. Wander the narrow, ancient streets in the town centre and browse the many independent stores or buy fresh fruit and vegetables from one of the outdoor market stalls.
Housing in Colchester
Colchester housing consists of detached houses, semis, terraced properties and flats. Properties range from Medieval to Victorian and modern homes and the average house price is £200,000. Among some of the most desirable places for families to live is Lexton, which is near the town’s grammar schools, Stanway, which is near the reputable Stanway Comprehensive, and also the Hamilton Primary school catchment area. The villages north of the town are also excellent places to put down roots including the beautiful and popular Dedham Vale and Stour Valley area.
Transport in and Around Colchester
Colchester has some excellent road and rail links to London including the A12, which links to the M25, and the 50 minute train service into Liverpool Street. Buses operate to and from Ipswich and, for travel further afield, daily coach services operate between London Victoria coach station, and Stansted and Heathrow airports. The town is also 20 minutes from Harwich passenger ferry port. Within Colchester, however, the centre is well served by local buses and the town is easy to navigate by foot or bike.
Economy in Colchester
Colchester is a fast growing town with a population of 120,000 and has also been a Garrison town since Roman times. Among the biggest employers are the Army, Essex University, Colchester Borough Council, Colchester Institute, Colchester Hospital (which has around 4,500 employees), Sainsbury’s and Tesco.
Colchester has a number of medical centres, dental practices and doctors’ surgeries. It also has several hospitals including Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust and Oaks private hospital, which offers a variety of treatments including dermatology, back pain treatments, and cosmetic surgery.
From restaurants to bars, pubs and nightclubs, there’s plenty of entertainment in Colchester. Some of the popular clubs include Liquid and Envy, Roberts Club, the Hippodrome, and Qube boutique Bar and Club; while restaurants vary from Chinese, Indian, Italian, contemporary British, Australian, Thai and Nepalese food.