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Tours of Colchester

By Colchester History Tours
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Choose from 6 tours. It’s your City Tour Ghost and Witches Tour Roman Tour Victorian Tour Castle Grounds Tour Civil war Siege Tour Once booked you will be contacted to confirm which tour and what time you would like the tour. Colchester, Britain’s first City and now its newest. Discover 2000 years of history and see the legacy the Romans, Saxons, Norman’s and others left on this city. Led by a fully trained Colchester Council recognized Guide and full member of The Colchester Tourist Guide Association (CTGA). Discover why they came, why they stayed and what they have left us. With exclusive access to city landmarks including a Roman theatre. Learn about the remarkable history of Britain's first City, given in an entertaining and informative style. Tours available are: It’s your City Tour Ghost and Witches Tour Roman Tour Victorian Tour Castle Grounds Tour Civil war Siege Tour
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Ages 12-100
Duration: 1h 30m
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Mobile ticket
Live guide: English
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  • Each tour is given in an entertaining and informative manner.
What's not included
  • Parking Fees


Start:
  • Colchester War Memorial, 66 High St, Colchester CO1 1DN, UK
    The War Memorial is situated at the Main Gates to Castle Park. The nearest Car Park is All Saints Car park and a larger Car park at Greyfriars hotel behind it, both are pay and display. exit to the main road and walk up 100 meters to the Memorial
End:
  • Town Hall, High St, Colchester CO1 1PJ, UK
    Ending conveniently in the center of Colchester. Easy access to Cafe, restaurants and shopping

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 381161P1

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

How much is Tours of Colchester?
Tours of Colchester price starts from £15.12. Discover and book Tours of Colchester on Tripadvisor
What is the Tours of Colchester cancellation policy?
Tours of Colchester cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Tours of Colchester on Tripadvisor
Which company provides Tours of Colchester?
Tours of Colchester is hosted by Colchester History Tours. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Colchester History Tours on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Tours of Colchester on Tripadvisor
How much time do I need for Tours of Colchester?
On average, this experience will take approximately 1h 30m. Discover and book Tours of Colchester on Tripadvisor

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 381161P1

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Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Colchester War Memorial
    66 High St, Colchester CO1 1DN, UK
    The War Memorial is situated at the Main Gates to Castle Park. The nearest Car Park is All Saints Car park and a larger Car park at Greyfriars hotel behind it, both are pay and display. exit to the main road and walk up 100 meters to the Memorial
    See address & details
  • 1
    Colchester
    Stop: 90 minutes
    Britain's first City comes its newest, another milestone of in the 2000 year history of Colchester. Discover how the industrial revolution changed the face of Colchester. From the opportunity and wealth it gave to some, and the abject poverty it gave to others. See ‘Jumbo’ the largest water tower in Britain, the Town Hall in all its splendor, how the Victorians entertained themselves in the pubs and theatres. And marvel at the feats of engineering around the City. Discover their legacy and how it impacts us today.
    Read more
  • You'll end at
    Town Hall
    Town Hall, High St, Colchester CO1 1PJ, UK
    Ending conveniently in the center of Colchester. Easy access to Cafe, restaurants and shopping
    See address & details
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  • Colchester History Tours
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    United Kingdom
    Joined in January 2023
  • sarahcZ4364EK
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    Exciting, informative and honestly...amazing
    Wow! What a great tour. Our tour guide Raymond is extremely knowledgeable about his historic subject. Even a necessary change of route (due to Xmas light display in the park) and general hubbub of Christmas goings on did not put him off. He didn't miss a beat, and if he was interrupted by a question of curiosity or a timely injection of humour he joined in and still went back to where he left off. Very impressive. So keen and passionate is Raymond to give you the full Colchester Monty you couldn't help but get caught up in the excitement of the subject. No spoil alerts here, but you'll be amazed how much Colchester holds in the way of people, buildings and landscape that have formed much of England as we know it now. All ages will take something from this, we all enjoyed it....a lot.
    Written 9 December 2023
  • janehelen768
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    Ghosts and Witches Tour - fascinating stuff!
    I would highly recommend this tour. Ray was very informative, and full of very interesting facts. I could listen to this man all day! Will definitely be booking again.
    Written 24 November 2023
  • Ali H
    0 contributions
    If you've been thinking of doing this...get it done!
    Really great way to spend an hour and a half. Ray, our host was fantastic, really knowledgeable, funny, and enthusiastic. I've worked in Colchester for years, but it was great to learn about the town and more of the history.
    Written 12 November 2023
  • C3931JRchloeh
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    Brilliant
    The ghost and witches tour was brilliant, our tour guide was Ray. He was so welcoming and friendly and extremely helpful. The tour itself was good very informative and interesting and the ending was special. Would 100% recommended going on this tour for any spooky enthusiast and for someone who loves local history.
    Written 6 November 2023
  • Annabelle L
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    A recommend for anyone, even if you’ve always lived in Colchester!
    The tour guide was very knowledgeable! But he also made the tour lots of fun, interesting and entertaining. I’ve lived in Colchester all my life and learnt so many new things.
    Written 3 November 2023
  • SteveG935
    0 contributions
    Ghosts and history combined
    Our guide (Ray) was both knowledgeable and entertaining. The walk was not hard or far because of the wealth of history in the city. It made it a great tour.
    Written 2 November 2023
  • Explore45111967281
    0 contributions
    Victorian tour
    Very informative. Talked about areas I regularly walk past and miss. It was interesting hearing the history. Worth attending.
    Written 30 September 2023
  • Dez_11
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    Fun and Informative
    We took the Colchester History Tour recently - it was very good. Ray is a fun and knowledgeable host who brings the history of the city to life. I'd definitely recommend you to try his tours if you want to learn about Colchester's long and varied history.
    Written 18 September 2023
  • libbyannd
    0 contributions
    Ghoat and witch tour
    Me and my partner went on the ghost and witch tour with Ray one night and it was amazing. Highly recommended
    Written 9 August 2023
  • carolpJ2053UF
    0 contributions
    Ghosts & witches tour
    Great tour! Ray was a great host and very knowledgeable- highly recommend this tour if you fancy learning about some of Colchester’s spookier history!
    Written 29 July 2023
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stephenfenty
Colchester, UK1 contribution
It was really informative, funny and in places very spooky! Especially the ending, which I was not expecting. Thank you for a lovely evening
Written 16 February 2024
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Thank you so much for taking the time to give an excellent review I’m glad you enjoyed the mixture of history, humour and ghostly tales and happenings. Thanks again! Ray McCarthy Colchester History Tours
Written 20 February 2024
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Carbondust
Colchester3 contributions
Feb 2024 • Solo
I went on the Ghost and Witches walk. Ray is very knowledgeable and keeps the stories interesting. I live in Colchester and it's amazing how much history I walk past every day. In the dark nights wrap up warm
Written 9 February 2024
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Thank you so much for the great review of the Ghosts and Witches Tour. Ray McCarthy Colchester History Tours
Written 14 February 2024
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Warren B
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Dec 2023 • Family
Had a great time on the Ghost and witches tour of Colchester. Ray was very friendly and knowledgeable.

Would highly recommend
Written 4 January 2024
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So glad that you and your guests enjoyed the Ghosts and Witches tour. I hope to see you on another of my tours. Ray McCarthy Colchester History Tours
Written 5 January 2024
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christine m
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Dec 2023 • Family
This was the second tour that I have done and decided to do the Ghosts and Witches tour.
And what fun it was, great stories mixed with history and humour.
Highly recommended.

Written 21 December 2023
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Thank you for the review and great to see you again. Ray McCarthy Colchester History Tours
Written 5 January 2024
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justinjudy
29 contributions
Dec 2023 • Couples
Thank you Ray for an interesting, informative and amusing tour. Despite the damp weather we thoroughly enjoyed the fascinating insight into Colchester's history and your knowledgable presentation.
Written 11 December 2023
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The tour proved the weather apps to be correct and I’m glad you enjoyed the Roman Tour of Colchester. Thanks again Ray McCarthy Colchester History Tours
Written 15 December 2023
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gelpaul6951
London, UK54 contributions
Dec 2023 • Family
This is second tour we have done.
We did the Ghosts and Witches tour this time.
Although very cold that night it was quickly forgotten as you get sucked into Rays enthusiasm for the history of Colchester.
He makes it fun and this makes it so much easier to take in what is being told. Very knowledgable of history throughout the ages. He makes it easy to asks questions
Written 11 December 2023
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Thank you for coming on the Ghosts and Witched tour, it was great to see you both again and I walkways enjoy answering questions on tours. Thanks again Raymond McCarthy Colchester History Tours
Written 15 December 2023
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Darren C
10 contributions
Dec 2023 • Friends
Waht a great tour, Colchester is so interesting and Ray is very knowledgeable. His ability to take history and get us all involved is great, thank you.
Highly recommended.
Written 9 December 2023
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It’s always great to share the Roman history of Colchester, and I’m glad you enjoyed the tour. I hope to see you again on another of my tours. Thanks Ray McCarthy Colchester History Tours
Written 15 December 2023
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Chris O
1 contribution
Nov 2023 • Couples
Very interesting clear and concise and well presented. Relevant to tour title with some good facts identified.
Written 26 November 2023
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Thank you for coming on the Victorian Colchester tour and thank you for the kind words. Ray McCarthy Colchester History Tours
Written 2 December 2023
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Christine H
24 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
Ray was friendly, informative and knowledgable about Colchester buildings. He took the time to answer questions and we will certainly be ‘looking up’ more when out and about in town now.
Written 26 November 2023
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Thank you for the kind words and it’s really great that the key message of ‘ look up’ will be remembered from the Victorian Colchester Tour. Thanks again and hope to see you on one of my other tours. Ray McCarthy
Written 27 November 2023
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Philip R
Holland-on-Sea, UK8 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
Ray was thoroughly entertaining and we were totally engrossed as we learnt a lot of stuff we had never known or appreciated before about Colchester history! We can heartily recommend!
Written 25 November 2023
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Thank you for the great review if the Victorian Tour and I’m glad that it made not only look at tge history of Colchester in a different way, but hopefully will make you look up to see the history all around. Thanks for coming and the review. Ray McCarthy Colchester History Tours
Written 25 November 2023
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