May 26, 2014 · 9:30 AM
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Come along on bank holiday Monday 26th May for a day trip to historic Colchester!
Colchester is said to be the oldest recorded town in Britain on the grounds that it was mentioned by Roman historian Pliny the Elder, who died in AD 79. Before the Roman conquest of Britain it was already a centre of power for the Catuvellauni tribe.
Soon after the Roman conquest of Britain in AD 43, it served as a provincial Roman capital of Britain, but was attacked and destroyed during Boudica's rebellion in AD 61. Colchester's town walls were built c.65–80 A.D. to protect it against future attacks.
In the 11th century, the invading Norman's built Colchester Castle, which was built on top of the vaults of the old Roman temple. A large part of the stone that was used to build the castle was taken from abandoned Roman buildings in the town.
We will be having a guided tour of the town, which costs £6 per person and also visiting the castle, cost £7 per person. I will collect this on the train going and pay in bulk when we arrive.
9:30am - meet at station and get 4 for 2 train tickets to Colchester Town
10:02am - get train
11:17am - arrive at Colchester Town
11:40am - start guided tour of town (split into 2 groups)
1:10pm - stop for lunch in a local pub - the Dutchess, 156 High Street (bring a packed lunch if you wish & eat in the pub garden)
2:30pm - visit castle and Roman vaults
4:00pm - finish
4:10pm - freetime: either look around the town, visit one of the free museums or head back to London (trains are 25mins and 58mins past the hour)
6:00pm - get back to London
We will be getting the 10:02am train and we will be able to get half price train tickets, which work out at £11.95 each (we will be purchasing these on the day as people arrive in groups of four).
Look out for the group sign near the ticket office:
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