Colchester is a historic market town (Britains first city) in the country of Essex and is the former capital of Roman Britain, with a history dating back over 2000 years. It is home to many fantastic museums - the Hollytrees Museum, located in the grounds of Castle Park, which exhibits 300 years of toys, clocks, costumes and watches, taking you back to your childhood with many vintage collections. Or the family favourite Natural History Museum, where you can get up close to nature and find out all about the local environment, from as far back as the Ice Age, right up to present day. Lots to discover here. As well as being steeped in history, Colchester has many modern, world-class attractions on its doorstep including Colchester Zoo, home to hundreds of species of exciting, unusual and rare animals set in 60 acres of lakes and gorgeous parkland. You will see rhino, giraffes, big cats, zebra and many other members of the animal kingdom wandering around the plains.
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