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Colchester is a historic town in Essex and famed for being Britain’s oldest recorded town. Today, Colchester is a modern town, with contemporary facilities contrasting against the period properties and ancient relics of the town. It is particularly popular with commuters, northeast of London and connected to the city via the A12. It is also just a 35-minute drive to Stanstead Airport, and a similar journey time to the passenger ferry port of Harwich.
Moving to Colchester
If searching for period properties, Old Lexden, close to the town centre is definitely worth a search. Lexden itself is regarded as one of the fancier areas of Colchester and home to some well-priced suburban detached properties. If you like Lexden but do not have a Lexden budget, New Town (east of the centre) has a very similar feel. Other suburban areas include Parson’s Heath and Highwoods (near the mainline station). For more period homes, quaint neighbourhoods such as the Dutch Quarter and roads such as East Street often have desirable properties.
If you are moving to Colchester, get in contact with Britannia W Harris. They are located just 28 minutes from Colchester, in Braintree. They are perfectly located and have the expert knowledge to make your move stress-free. They also have a variety of storage facilities to sort all customer needs.
Days Out in Colchester
An attraction that many families visit Colchester for is Colchester Zoo. The zoo is set in 60 acres of beautiful parkland and lakes and is home to over 270 species. Visitors get the opportunity to navigate through the park and get up close and personal with the likes of leopards, kangaroos, orangutans, and bears. There are also opportunities to shadow or become a keeper for the day, as well as display days which gives people a chance to get hands on with some of the zoo’s friendly residents.
Another family favourite is Colchester Castle and museum. The castle is the largest Norman Keep in Europe, and the archaeological collections spanning 2,500 years of history are beautifully showcased inside. Particularly fascinating are the Roman finds as Colchester was the first Roman capital of Britain. Guided tours take visitors into the creepy Roman vaults, and children can dress up in traditional clothing and ride a chariot around the castle grounds.
Transport Links Colchester
The A12 is the lifeline of Colchester. Despite the area having two train stations, many tend to drive. The A12 connects to the M25 in just over half an hour in kind traffic.
For those who need to commute to the city for work, trains from Colchester’s mainline station take passengers to London Liverpool street in 55 minutes, four to five times per hour. Also from this station there are three trains to Ipswich (20 minutes), and three to four trains to Chelmsford (25 minutes). Colchester Town station is a bit of a non-starter unless you want to travel to Clacton (one per hour, 37 minutes) or Frinton (one per hour, 36 minutes).
Stanstead airport is just a 35-minute drive away in good traffic, perfect for frequent business flyers. The airport offers a variety of domestic flights, as well as a variety of European destinations such as Milan, Frankfurt, and Alicante.