Today Colchester is one of the fastest growing towns in the country with ancient architecture from several centuries sitting comfortably alongside 21st century design and styling. Bustling cafes, bars and restaurants are complemented by a great mix of independent retailers and major High Street names.
Colchester offers fantastic transport links. Not only does it have a mainline railway station with a direct service to and from London Liverpool Street in as little as 50 minutes, it also has exceptional road links. The A12 will take you to J28 of the M25 about 38 miles away whilst the A120, with its recent upgrade to the western section, means you are about 32 miles from Stansted Airport and the M11.
Sporting facilities in the area are excellent, including Leisure World and Aqua Springs. Just on the outskirts of town is the recently re-built Colchester United Football Club Stadium. For those who enjoy green, open spaces Colchester boasts Castle Park, which is home to Colchester Castle and Highwoods Country Park.
As well as being home to many leading state and private schools, some of which top the national league tables for their academic excellence, Colchester is also home to the University of Essex.
Set close to the banks of the River Colne, Colchester is also surrounded by some of the most beautiful countryside imaginable, much of which was immortalised in the works of one of the world’s most celebrated landscape painters, John Constable.
For those preferring the blue of the sea to the green of the countryside, the long Essex coastline offers everything from holiday resorts to small coastal towns.
North Colchester is the area most convenient for the railway station, General Hospital, A12 to Ipswich and A120 or A133 to the coast.
West Colchester is the region most convenient for the A12 to London and A120 to Stansted. House prices tend to be the highest in this area of Colchester, due to the excellent reputation of the local state and private schools.
East Colchester is the area nearest to the Essex University. This area is currently undergoing some substantial redevelopment and modernisation.
South Colchester has fewer major road links than the other areas and tends to be a quieter area with villages such as Layer-de-la-Haye, Abberton, Rowhedge, Peldon and Langenhoe. It also offers a road to Mersea Island, situated off the coast less than 10 miles away.