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Places to Visit, Things to Do and Days Out in or near Colchester

Colchester town is full of old, character buildings. With many restaurants catering for all tastes, shops both large and small. Explore the cobbled streets and admire the timber framed houses. An ideal base to explore all that East Anglia has to offer. Places to Visit in or near Colchester Milsoms and The Crown are listed below.
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5.7 miles from the centre of Colchester
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Milsoms, in Dedham, has been open for some 18 years and consists of a lively bar and brasserie, along with 15 guest bedrooms. It's an ideal place to stay and discover this delightful part of East Anglia.
6.4 miles from the centre of Colchester
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The Crown in the picturesque village of Stoke-by-Nayland is just a 90 minute drive from London. Offering boutique, yet affordably indulgent rooms, well-presented bistro food and an array of good drinking options and located in the midst of an area of outstanding natural beauty, The Crown is the perfect getaway. The 16th century pub has an intimate, relaxed interior and modern dining room with a couple of cosy corners. When the weather is fine there is a choice of outdoor seating areas. The fi...
15.3 miles from the centre of Colchester
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The Great House Restaurant and Hotel in Lavenham, Sudbury, Suffolk, has been placed in Britain's Top 100 Restaurants by the Sunday Times and Harden's Guide and UK' Top 30 French Restaurants in 2016'. Expect modern French cooking displays with fresh twists and clear flavours. There's daily changing menus featuring best Suffolk and East Anglia produce as well as a superbly appointed French and local cheese board. Service from the team at The Great House is all about being knowledgeable, persona...
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7.8 miles from the centre of Colchester
East Bergholt Place, set in 20 acres, is a wonderful garden and arboretum. Originally laid out at the beginning of the 20th century by the present owners Great Grandfather and described as a `Cornish Garden in Suffolk´. With a marvellous collection of unusual plants, rhododendrons, camellias, magnolias, shrubs and fine trees, many originating from the renowned plant collector George Forrest and particularly beautiful in spring. An excellent specialist plant centre can be found in the Victoria...
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2.6 miles from the centre of Colchester
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The contemporary brasserie bar and restaurant is ideal for get-togethers with family and friends as well as for business gatherings.
5.7 miles from the centre of Colchester
Prepare to be pampered. That's the message that comes across loud and clear when you cross the threshold at the spa at Maison Talbooth. Glide through the doors and take your time to adjust into relaxation mode by sinking into the deep comfy sofa, sipping a glass of fruit juice and flicking through your favourite mags. Once you're suitably chilled, enter the sensory-stimulating treatment room, lay back and experience a clutch of targeted Dermalogica facials and body rituals and Jessica nail se...
3.4 miles from the centre of Colchester
Your wild adventure awaits…discover over 240 species set in 60 acres of parkland and lakes at Colchester Zoo! A great day out for all the family!
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14.7 miles from the centre of Colchester
Discover the exciting History of Melford Hall Melford Hall is one of East Anglia´s most celebrated Elizabethan houses that has changed little since 1578, and has been the home of the Hyde Parker family since 1786. The original panelling is still in the banqueting hall, which is filled with family portraits, also a Regency library, Victorian bedrooms and a fine collection of furniture and porcelain. On display is a small collection of memorabilia from Beatrix Potter, who was related to...
12.1 miles from the centre of Colchester
Gainsborough's House: The childhood home of the artist Thomas Gainsborough, R.A. (1727–1788). Historic house dating back to the 16th century with an attractive walled garden. The outstanding collection, of Gainsborough´s paintings, drawings and prints, is shown together with 18th-century furniture and memorabilia. A varied programme of temporary exhibitions of historic British and contemporary art is shown throughout the year.
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17.2 miles from the centre of Colchester
The distinctive white and blue facade of this harbour side hotel makes it an easy landmark to spot. There is a capable bistro on the ground floor but it's the first floor restaurant that steals the show and the best views of Harwich quay and the contributing estuaries. Before dinner guests can sip a glass of champagne in the polished pewter bar before entering the buff and cream toned restaurant with comfortable leather banquettes. Seafood is the mainstay of the menu with perhaps dressed c...
19.7 miles from the centre of Colchester
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Milsoms Kesgrave Hall's restaurant provides a fabulously relaxed setting for drinks or dining and is open all day. Whether you're after breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, a drink with friends or just a delicious coffee while you work, the bar brasserie will have just what you fancy – and there's no need to book! There's even a covered outdoor terrace looking out across the sweeping lawns so you can enjoy outdoor dining at any time of day.
15.8 miles from the centre of Colchester
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The popularity of the waterside Eaterie Restaurant makes it a destination for many Suffolk locals, and visitors from further afield. The dishes are modern & continue to surprise with a curious and delicious twist. Our head chef is always looking for fresh local produce when he's not in the kitchen. His passion for supporting Suffolk's small holders and independent producers is with good cause when you sample some of the tasty delights the team produce. Enjoy the view of the waterfront, ...
5.5 miles from the centre of Colchester
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This half timbered country house hotel in the heart of the beautiful Vale of Dedham has been run by the Milsom family for well over 50 years. The beamed riversi
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20.5 miles from the centre of Colchester
This long-established, beautiful parkland course is set in 150 acres of undulating Suffolk countryside. It is host to the Suffolk Amateur in 2019, and the course provides a challenge for all standards of golf. The clubhouse provides a warm welcome and a fabulous standard of catering.
25.2 miles from the centre of Colchester
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The Angel's award-winning selection of AA rosette food and drink, serving superb modern British cuisine. Our head chef continually surprises with a curious twist of something delicious, sourcing fresh local produce from surrounding market gardeners. The breads baked in house are testament to the care taken to achieve that special taste and there are 30 varieties of quality wines all served by the glass.
23.2 miles from the centre of Colchester
Helmingham Hall Gardens, the ancestoral home of the Tollemache family for the past 500 years, who enjoy sharing their passion for the beautiful gardens. Surrounded by the impressive Tudor moated Hall set in a 400 year old ancient deer park. Complimented by a wonderful balance of nature and the modern accents inspired by the current Lady Tollemache, a well-known garden designer and Chelsea Gold Medal Winner. There is a relaxed atmosphere for people to enjoy the serenity and tranquility of the ...
24.9 miles from the centre of Colchester
Ickworth makes an exception day out, with plenty to see for all the family. The Rotunda was built in the 18th century to house the treasures and artefacts collected by the 4th Earl of Bristol on his grand tours of Europe, and is quite something. The rather eccentric Hervey family continued to add to the collection for the next 200 years, and also built one the very first Italianate gardens in this country. Having explored the gardens and parkland, visitors can travel back to the 1930s...
20.9 miles from the centre of Colchester
Set in the heart of rural Essex, and enjoying stunning panoramic views of the surrounding countryside, Hyde Hall will delight and inspire.
24.9 miles from the centre of Colchester
Explore the architectural marvel of Ickworth House Ickworth House was created by the eccentric Earl of Bristol, with its central rotunda and curved corridors, to house his superb collection of paintings by Titian, Gainsborough, Reynolds and Velasquez, and a magnificent Georgian silver collection. In the drawing room are two fine Portugese pier glasses in heavy gilt Rococo. The house is surrounded by an Italian garden, an orangery and temple rose garden, and set in a Capability Brown p...
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