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Day trip to Colchester

  • 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!

About 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.

Aprox Itinerary
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: 

If you can’t see us at the station, please call or text.

Regards

Robert
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  • GARETH

    Great for the History and bonus of good company.

    May 28, 2014

  • Mani

    Pretty town, very good. Nice things to see, small but cozy. Not at all expensive.

    May 28, 2014

  • Rosemary H.

    My friend & I did not get to go on the trip, even though we were early. I left a message on Robert's mobile to let him now we were there and asking which exit we were meeting at. Robert, however, did not wait for us. Very disappointed.

    May 27, 2014

    • Robert

      We you emailed me to say you were driving there, I said we will see you at Colchester Town station. It's also in the itinerary of the meetup. It seems you went to Colchester Station, which our train did (it normally stops at Colchester Town, but not yesterday on bank holiday Monday), so we got the 11:25am train back to Colchester Town station.

      May 27, 2014

  • Robert

    Been to Colchester lots of times and it's a very historic town, love the castle!

    May 27, 2014

  • Sylvia

    Interesting day. The guide was great.

    May 27, 2014

  • Carole A.

    A very pleasant day. Very interesting walk around the town and castle.

    May 27, 2014

  • Abena

    What a wonderful day, it was great meeting all the wonderful people of Cultureseekers, everyone was such fun.

    May 27, 2014

  • HARJEET K.

    Shame I missed it!

    May 27, 2014

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    A former member

    good day thank you interesting town friendly group

    May 27, 2014

  • Brennie-Sue

    interesting thank you robert :} :}

    May 26, 2014

  • Kim W.

    Very interesting and enjoyable day. Thank you, Robert.

    May 26, 2014

  • Shazad

    Been a great day out following a fantastic experience at the New Forest. Lovely smiles, golden moments with new friends and lasting memories!

    1 · May 26, 2014

  • sharon T.

    Everything went smoothly and was able to enjoy a day packed with activities and fun.

    May 26, 2014

  • soso

    Hi rob I have work to catch up with before tomorrow, cannot make it. Another time. Enjoy the day!

    May 26, 2014

  • fleur

    Hi Robert sorry have to cancel !

    May 26, 2014

  • Lara G.

    Sorry, something came up. Hope to have another opportunity in the future.

    May 26, 2014

  • Sophie

    Sorry Rob. Still have quite a lot of work to catch up with. Wish you all a great day. Next one :-)

    May 25, 2014

  • T

    My friend would like to meet us in Colchester. Is that allowed?

    May 25, 2014

  • Ashish

    Can someone tell what time will we be reaching back in London

    May 25, 2014

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