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Car hire at Colchester

Car hire at Colchester

Colchester is a wonderful place to visit, boasting a rich history, wonderful tourist attractions and places to go out. It's also a great starting point for a trip around East Anglia, which is replete with stunning coastlines, waterways and picturesque villages.

What I need to know

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Where to pick up my car

Colchester's major car hire outlets are situated on the approach into town close to the University of Essex's Colchester campus, on the south-east side of the town.

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Where to go

Colchester is the oldest recorded town in Britain, dating back to Roman times. As such, it boasts a rich and varied history, yet it still has both feet squarely in the 21st century, with great places to eat, drink and shop. And its location at the edge of East Anglia makes it a great place from which to start exploring the region further.

Nearby Colchester

Visitors should take their hire car out of town to see some stunning natural spectacles in the surrounding area.

Dedham Vale, for instance, is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and Dedham itself is one of the most attractive villages in Essex, which was immortalised by John Constable's iconic paintings. Hamford Water National Nature Reserve is another good option, boasting stunning mud flats, marshes, sands and birdlife.

Longer drives

If you want to venture a little further afield, why not visit the historic university city of Cambridge, which is replete with beautiful architecture, museums, galleries and independent shops?

The historic market town of Bury St Edmunds is just an hour away as well and just south of Thetford Forest, a patchwork of pines, heathland and broadleaves that offers a great day out and a wonderful range of animal and plant life.

Eating and drinking

There's no shortage of places to eat and drink in Colchester, from traditional tea rooms and pubs to award-winning restaurants serving dishes from all over the world. You can be sure of quality and choice, with something to suit every palate and budget.

Things to do

Colchester Zoo is a great day out for all the family and people of all ages will enjoy exploring the town's stunning castle and surrounding park.

Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre is another fascinating place to visit, with its nature trails offering people the chance to see all sorts of birdlife.


The Essex countryside is full of rolling farmland, picturesque and quintessentially English villages, meadows and ancient woodlands. It's well worth heading out to areas such as the Dedham Vale and Stour Valley to find out for yourself while it became known as Constable Country and immortalised in some defining paintings of the era. The stunning views on the nearby Mersea Island also shouldn't be missed.