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Britain's first oldest city

Take in the streets and alleyways of Colchester or the award-winning museums for a glimpse of the historic treasures of England's oldest recorded city and experience 2,000 years of living history. A little way south of the Norfolk Broads is Colchester - the oldest city in the UK, according to records. A walk along the Roman city walls, past the Norman castle, the Victorian water tower and cutting-edge galleries for contemporary art is like a journey through time. On the city's main street, some of the hippest chains in Britain have their branches.

Image Credit: Holly Buggins

A city full of history

The historic centre lies in the middle of the ancient Roman city wall, of which still large parts are preserved today. On the other hand, the diverse shopping possibilities of the city are quite modern - be it very British or completely international, there's a lot to discover. Also a day trip to the zoo is worthwhile as it was recently voted the "Great Tourist Attraction of the Year" by the East English Tourist Board. In the Victorian Castle Park you can relax in the green or go on a foray through the Dutch Quarter.

Image Credit: Holly Buggins