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Rough guide to Colchester, Suffolk

Moving to Colchester, Suffolk

Abels has been moving people to and from Colchester for decades.  Moving to Colchester from within the UK or from Europe is done by road, with moves from abroad depending upon your preference and the original location.  Abels has produced some guidance on the different methods to help you select the right mode for your move to Colchester, and that could be by air or by sea.

Colchester, Suffolk

Colchester is home to Colchester Zoo, Colchester Castle and the Colchester Beer Festival, both of which attracts residents and tourists from across the county and further afield. The town is only fifty six miles northeast of London and within the commuter zone and both the A12 and the Great Eastern Main Line make it easy for commuters and visitors to get to and from the area.

Colchester is home to many art galleries, the Headgate and Mercury Theatres and Colchester Arts Centre. In addition, there are many museums in the area, some of which are specifically dedicated to the area’s fascinating history. The Tymperley’s Clock Museum is located in a timber-framed house which dates back to the fifteenth century. The Castle Museum (within Colchester Castle), Hollytrees Museum and Natural History Museum (based in the former All Saints’ Church) are just a few more of the museums on offer in Colchester.

Indeed, the town of Colchester has an interesting history. Colchester is the oldest recorded Roman town in the British Isles and has the oldest recorded market in the UK. This history is celebrated every year with historic re-enactors dressing in Elizabethan dress and with traditional music dating back to the fourteenth century.

Since Roman times, Colchester has been a significant military garrison and this tradition continues today with the area being home to the Sixteenth Air Assault Brigade. The town also has a military prison, known locally as The Glasshouse. This garrison part of the town underwent major regeneration, the first stage of which was completed in 2008 and a second phase is planned to complete the transformation.

The area offers sports facilities to residents such as Colchester Leisure World, Colchester Garrison Athletics Stadium and a skatepark. The town has many sports teams to support. Colchester United Ladies team, Colchester Rugby Football Club, Colchester Gladiators American Football Club, Colchester and East Essex Cricket Club, and Colchester Weight Lifting Club are all based locally. This is not to mention Colchester’s professional football club, Colchester United, which play at Colchester Community Stadium.