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With its intriguing history spanning over 2000 years, Colchester is one of England’s most captivating cultural gems. The title of England’s oldest recorded town means Colchester allures millions of visitor every year, all of whom come seeking the Roman ruins, medieval majesty and contemporary style of the town. The picturesque panorama of the place has inspired countless artists over the centuries, and Colchester’s stimulating influence is present amidst the artistic works that crowd the stunning selection of galleries.
Colchester’s Town Hall is an exquisite example of Edwardian architecture that dates back to 1902; the rich red clock tower and pristine arches emit an air of imperial majesty that is fitting to the structure’s Baroque beauty. Inside, grand arches and oak panelled walls complete the regal impression.
History enthusiasts will delight in Colchester’s antique array of attractions; the Cressing Temple Barns is considered an integral part of the town’s historical heritage due to its record breaking title as the world’s oldest timer-framed barn. Located just outside of the town, this fascinating farmstead is surrounded by a medieval moat and houses remarkable relics of great historical interest.
Hollytrees Museum gives cultural visitors an alternative insight in the history of Britain’s oldest town with its enthralling exhibition of toys, costumes and decorative arts spanning 3 centuries. Enjoy a refreshing break from endless rows of ancient relics in order to absorb the colourful and captivating collection of these interesting artefacts.
Boasting a prime location on Colchester’s charming historical high street, The George Hotel Restaurant offers an elegant and exquisite eatery dedicated to serving internationally inspired dishes. Crisp white table cloths cover grand tables upon which silver ware glistens and chilled decanters of crisp white wine await; sample fabulous British flavours prepared using locally sourced ingredients.(116 High Street, Colchester)