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Roman Relics & Island Flavours

Roman Relics & Island Flavours

Calling all foodies... sample fresh Mersea oysters and indulge in a world-famous Tiptree cream tea! From Britain's First City, Colchester, to Mersea Island, explore our county of contrasts.

Day 1

Morning - Start your journey at the Beth Chatto Gardens in Elmstead Market. Beth Chatto OBE,started these gardens in 1960 and they have become
world famous. There is also an inspirational nursery to pick up those sought after plants too.  Just 10 minutes drive from Beth Chatto Gardens, enjoy lunch at The Brasserie at Wivenhoe House.

Afternoon - Colchester – Britain’s First City. Colchester Castle is the largest Norman Keep in Europe, constructed on the foundations of theTemple of Claudius. The Castle museum reveals many fascinating layers of history to visitors. Enjoy
a stroll around the Victorian Castle Park too.Next door to the Castle you will find Hollytrees Museum. Three centuries of fascinating toys, costumes, and
decorative arts displayed in this beautiful Georgianhouse. Or go on a shopping spree in the Town Centre.

Day 2

Morning - Take a stroll across the road to Firstsite art gallery –this unusual building houses art exhibitions and events,plus cinema evenings.Head down to Mersea Island (West) for lunch at the Oyster Bar or The Company Shed, where you’ll find Mersea oysters on the menu.

Afternoon - After lunch take a 20 minute boat trip on the Lady Grace boat. If you have time head down to East Mersea and Cudmore Grove
County Park for a peaceful stroll along the sea wall.  In the summer months catch the ferry over to Brightlingsea.


Greyfriars Boutique Hotel in the heart of Colchester, just near the Castle.

* Please check opening times of all venues before visiting as they are subject
to change. Please quote Visit Essex when booking any of these venues.

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  1. Colchester Castle Museum

    Colchester Castle Museum


    Colchester Castle is the largest Norman Keep in Europe. Constructed on the foundations of the Temple of Claudius. The Castle Museum today reveals many fascinating layers of history to visitors.

  2. Beth Chatto's Plants & Gardens

    Beth Chatto's Plants & Gardens


    Planning on visiting Beth Chatto's beautiful plants and gardens 'The greatest gardener of our time'?...If so, click here to get the latest information direct from the official Colchester tourism site!

  3. Wivenhoe House Hotel


    Wivenhoe House is a beautiful 18th Century four-star hotel, near to the pretty quayside village of Wivenhoe, and minutes from Britain’s oldest recorded town, Colchester.

  4. Hollytrees Museum

    Hollytrees Museum


    An important part of Colchester's rich history with three centuries of fascinating toys, costume and decorative arts displayed in an attractive Georgian town house from 1718.

  5. Cudmore Grove Country Park


    Cudmore Grove offers visitors a trip to the seaside with a difference at the eastern tip of Mersea Island. The park includes a sandy beach and open grassland, perfect for picnics and great views.

  6. Greyfriars Hotel

    Greyfriars Hotel


    Located in Colchester's historic cultural quarter, Greyfriars is an exquisite, Michelin recommended 4* luxury hotel with superb restaurant, afternoon tea parlour, terrace and lounge bars.

  7. Firstsite


    Firstsite is an international gallery and creative community space. See the world differently – experience the very best art and culture from around the world that inspires, empowers and opens your mind.

Itinerary Distances

FromToDistance * (metric)
Colchester Castle Museum (51.89066,0.90319)Beth Chatto's Plants & Gardens (51.87788,1.00228)6.26
Beth Chatto's Plants & Gardens (51.87788,1.00228)Wivenhoe House Hotel (51.87869,0.95188)3.12
Wivenhoe House Hotel (51.87869,0.95188)Hollytrees Museum (51.89008,0.90536)3.1
Hollytrees Museum (51.89008,0.90536)West Mersea Oyster Bar (51.77478,0.90514)11.55
West Mersea Oyster Bar (51.77478,0.90514)The Company Shed (51.77987,0.89937)0.62
The Company Shed (51.77987,0.89937)Cudmore Grove Country Park (51.79289,0.99013)5.77
Cudmore Grove Country Park (51.79289,0.99013)Greyfriars Hotel (51.89171,0.90119)11.33
Greyfriars Hotel (51.89171,0.90119)Firstsite (51.88968,0.90477)0.3
Total Distance *42.05 miles
Estimated Journey Time1.35 hours

* Approximate distance by road

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