31 Mar

Historic Colchester is much more than just a commuter town

Historic Colchester is much more than just a commuter town

Colchester is a large town in Essex, but it's not just another dormitory for commuters. 

There's no doubt that the town's location - it's within easy commutable distance of London - helps to increase the appeal of the area. Colchester Town station offers services to London Liverpool Street, while the A12 road also links the town to the capital. However, this is far from the only reason to consider buying property in Colchester.

Generally believed to be the oldest recorded town in the country (it was mentioned by Pliny the Elder, who died in AD 79), Colchester was formerly the capital of Roman Britain and is a member of the Most Ancient European Towns Network, alongside places like Maastricht in The Netherlands and Argos in Greece.

Unsurprisingly given its age, Colchester has more than its share of historic attractions. Probably the best known is Colchester Castle, which has the largest Norman keep in Europe and was built on the foundations of the Roman Temple of Claudius.

The castle is just one of the fascinating sites that help to attract more than 4.5 million visitors to the town every year. 

Another popular destination for visitors is Colchester Zoo, which was rated in the TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Attractions Awards as one of the top 20 zoos in the world. Set in 60 acres of lakes and parkland, it boasts more than 270 different species of animal, making for a packed day out that will appeal to the whole family.

Colchester is also a famous and important garrison town, dating back to the Roman era. As such, it is one of just 12 places in the UK where royal salutes are fired to mark visits from foreign heads of state and various royal anniversaries.ADNFCR-1222-ID-801781889-ADNFCR

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