The Essential
Colchester became a Roman colony under Claudius in 50 AD. Its oysters soon became famous, and remain so today. After the Conquest, the town became the site of the largest Norman keep and one of the richest priories in Europe. The oyster remained the main source of wealth until the Middle Ages, when wool took over. Today, Colchester very much epitomises the economically thriving southeast of England.

Must see

Michelin's recommendations for Colchester

Colchester Castle Colchester Castle
Colchester Castle
Built with 4-m thick walls on the vaults
Flatford Mill Flatford Mill
Flatford Mill
Constable's house (his father was a
Roman Walls
Roman Walls
The 3 m-thick Roman walls encircling the
St Botolph's Priory
St Botolph's Priory
Only the skeleton remains of the 12C