A Great Place to Live

With so much to offer, Colchester is a place for families to thrive

Some of the most important events in British history have taken place here. Today Colchester mixes pride in its impressive heritage with a great choice of modern attractions, shops, restaurants, cafés and bars. Providing excellent standards of living and education, affordable housing and a great range of places to visit and things to do in and outside of the working environment, Colchester is a great base for families to invest their lives.

Our City

22 Conservation Areas, 1555 Listed buildings, 52 Scheduled Ancient Monuments and 4 Parks in the National Register of Gardens of Special Historic Interest.


Home to the Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty –  a beautiful English lowland landscape famously captured on the canvas ‘Constable Country’ by Constable, Gainsborough and Nash. Picturesque villages, rolling farmland, rivers, meadows, ancient woodlands and a wide variety of local wildlife combine to create what many describe as the traditional English landscape.

There are more than 50 places to visit including the world famous Colchester Zoo, Wilkin’s ‘Tiptree’ Visitor Centre and the 27 arch Chappel Viaduct. 

The City has more than 50 places to visit including world-famous Colchester Zoo, Wilkin’s ‘Tiptree’ Visitor Centre and the 27 arch Chappel Viaduct.

A full diary of events taking place all year round; from gigs by Elton John and Lionel Ritchie at the Community Stadium to creative workshops for kids at Firstsite.

Mersea Island, the most easterly inhabited island in the UK, is linked to the mainland by a causeway known as The Strood.

With its calm, shallow waters, it’s a great place for watersports and for the annual Town Regatta in August, which has been running for over 170 years.

Mersea is the home of the Colchester Native oyster.

With so much to offer on a large range of fronts, Colchester is an amazing place to invest lives and for families to thrive. 

Educational Excellence

Colchester has a working age population of 91,800 talented, experienced and educated people.


Locations for Growth

Colchester is one of the fastest growing districts in the country. 


Colchester – Ultra Ready