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Day 1 - Colchester


Drop your bags at the Greyfriars Hotel for check in later, taking time to enjoy morning coffee on the outside terrace before heading out to explore the town.  
Next door to the hotel is Colchester Castle, the largest Norman Keep in Europe and built on the foundations of the ancient Temple of Claudius. The excellent Castle museum tells the local stories of Queen Boudicca herself who raised an army against the Romans and burnt Colchester to the ground as well as the infamous Witch Trials of the 1600’s.

Nearby Colchester high street has several good options for lunch or you might like to head into the quieter lanes for Tymperleys, a traditional restaurant housed in the 16th Century, former Clock Museum.  

Firstsite Art Gallery is a fairly new addition to the town, built by modern architect Ralph Vinoly, this unusual crescent-shaped building, clad in ‘Tecu gold’, houses touring art exhibitions and a permanent Roman mosaic as well as a café and a lovely gift shop with a good selection of art books. 


Day 2 - Mersea Island 


After breakfast, catch a bus down to Mersea Island, experiencing the vast, panoramic views across the flat, Essex countryside and crossing over The Strood, the access road to Mersea which floods at high tide.

The charming Mersea Museum is in the centre of West Mersea, next to the church and recounts stories of traditional island activities such as fishing, oystering, wild fowling and boat building.  Exhibitions change regularly and there are puzzles and quizzes for children.  

Browse the gift shops and galleries near to the museum before walking down to the harbour where you can sample the local Mersea Native Oysters (only when there is an ‘R’ in the month) or the Rock Oysters (available all year round).  Oysters and other seafood are available at The Company Shed down at the harbour or there are various other eateries if you fancy something other than seafood. 

Take a bus or local taxi over to the other side of this small island to visit Cudmore Grove, East Mersea, a Country Park with walking trails, a beach and here you can find a bench and enjoy excellent views over Brightlingsea and Point Clear.

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  1. Greyfriars Hotel

    Colchester

    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.

  2. Colchester Castle Museum

    Colchester

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

  3. Firstsite

    Colchester

    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.

  4. Cudmore Grove Country Park

    Colchester

    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.

Itinerary Distances

FromToDistance * (metric)
Colchester Castle Museum (51.89066,0.90319)Greyfriars Hotel (51.89005,0.90629)0.2
Greyfriars Hotel (51.89005,0.90629)Colchester Castle Museum (51.89052,0.903)0.21
Colchester Castle Museum (51.89052,0.903)Firstsite (51.88898,0.90536)0.21
Firstsite (51.88898,0.90536)Cudmore Grove Country Park (51.79268,0.99302)11.07
Total Distance *11.69 miles
Estimated Journey Time23 minutes

* Approximate distance by road

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