Places to Stay near Zoo, University, Hospital, Institute
CO1 1DJ, Colchester, High Street
Located in the town centre of Colchester, the Grade I-listed Brook Red Lion Hotel is 1.5 miles from the Merville Barracks and 2 miles from the University of Essex. The Red Lion is ideal for... read more
£ 43.92View Rates
CO1 1TD, Colchester, 116 High Street
Set in the heart of Colchester, the 500-year-old George Hotel boasts an à-la-carte restaurant and a bar, and offers rooms with free WiFi access throughout. The hotel also has a 24-hour front desk and spacious... read more
£ 44.00View Rates
CO1 1RB, Colchester, 2 North Station Rd
With free parking and free Wi-Fi, this Tudor building dates back to 1604 and is situated on the banks of the River Colne, close to Colchester’s town centre and the railway station. Originally built in... read more
£ 46.00View Rates
CO7 7QY, Colchester, A12/A120 Ardleigh Junction
This property is located a 10 minute drive from Colchester centre, next to the A12 motorway. There is an on-site restaurant and free parking. Free high-speed WiFi is available throughout the property. Each bedroom at... read more
£ 49.50View Rates
CO1 2TZ, Colchester, East Street
Situated within a 14th-century coaching inn, the award-winning Best Western Rose and Crown Hotel is located just a 15 minutes’ walk from the centre of historic Colchester. The Rose and Crown offers guests both modern... read more
£ 54.00View Rates
CO1 1RQ, Colchester, 71 North Station Road
This historic Grade II listed building dating back to 1700 is a 10-minute walk from the town centre and train station, and offers renovated, comfortable interiors. All Classic rooms have free WiFi, a flat-screen TV,... read more
£ 55.00View Rates
CO1 1SB, Colchester, Anglia House ,75 North Station Road
Star Anglia Hotel is less than 10 minutes' walk from Colchester Train Station and town centre and offers variety of bright rooms which have free WiFi and a private bathroom. The hotel also boasts an... read more
£ 70.00View Rates
CO1 1HE, Colchester, 62 West Stockwell Street
Situated in Colchester, within 1.5 km of Colchester Castle and 6 km of Colchester Zoo, Baye House provides accommodation with a garden, free WiFi. Featuring a shared lounge, the guest house is close to several... read more
£ 70.00View Rates
CO4 5BN, Colchester, West Wood Hill
Located on a quiet residential street less than 10 minutes’ drive from Colchester’s historic city centre, Timbers offers free private parking and free high-speed Wi-Fi. Homemade marmalade, jams, bread and yoghurt feature on the breakfast... read more
£ 75.00View Rates
CO4 3SQ, Colchester, Wivenhoe Park
Surrounded by pretty manicured woodland and tranquil lakes, this 18th-century house is next to the University of Essex campus. It offers a unique brasserie restaurant, luxurious accommodation, free WiFi and free parking on site. Each... read more
£ 79.00View Rates
CO4 0LD, Colchester, 53 Anthony Close, St Johns
A Hideaway Retreat offers accommodation in the St Johns area of Colchester, an 8-minute drive from Colchester Town Train Station and a short distance from local amenities. Rooms have garden views and guests are welcomed... read more
£ 80.00View Rates
CO3 4RH, Colchester, The Leather Bottle Shrub End Road
The Leather Bottle GH in Colchester features a garden and a terrace. The property is set 2 km from Colchester Castle. Free WiFi is provided. At the guest house, each room comes with a patio.... read more
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CO1 1DZ, Colchester, 4-6 North Hill,
Situated in Colchester, Blue Ivy Hotel has a garden, terrace and free WiFi. Popular points of interest nearby include Colchester Castle and Colchester Institute. The restaurant serves Spanish dishes. All rooms in the hotel are... read more
£ 85.00View Rates
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The town centre is full of historic architecture and original features. Colchester is just north of London and has appeared as the home town of many people in the reality series The Only Way is Essex. With a population of well over 100,000, Colchester really is quite large.
Undoubtedly, the best place to stay in Colchester is in the town centre. You will find that unlike other places, the centre still provides a quiet relaxing setting and is not too loud. In addition, the center is located very close to surrounding areas that are ideal for long walks through the countryside and viewing the castle. The town has a diverse range of overnight accommodation, with a diverse range of guest rooms to let available.
What to see while staying in the city for the night, weekend…
The city center is fairly busy, with a large hospital and a university nearby. The general hospital is located fairly close to the town centre and The University of Essex isn’t far away, which makes it quite busy.
That being said, the busy hustle and bustle of the time does not mean any of the character is lost. It is still not too busy for a relaxing 1 night or 2 nights (weekend) short stay away, in cheap hotels or reasonably priced b&b rooms. There are plenty of cheap, but high quality hotels there, which are set in beautiful gardens with great views of luscious green fields.
There are also many Roman ruins in surrounding areas that are simply fascinating to go and visit. Learn about how Colchester was once a Roman stronghold and how they used to live. To add to the learning experience and embrace the culture of the city, there are also a plethora of award-winning museums so you can really soak up the Roman heritage that once existed in the beautifully old town of Colchester.
The surrounding buildings really do provide a beautiful setting for you to enjoy the central market or any restaurants nearby. There are plenty of other things to do. There is a fantastic zoo nearby,Colchester zoo, where there are many fantastic animal experiences you could have.
Since the Roman era, it has been an important army base, and there is still an institute located nearby today. There has always been army barracks near the town centre, since the Romans. Colchester Institute includes the Centre for Music and Performing Arts, Centre for Hospitality and Food Studies, and the Professional Training Centre.
Budget Friendly Bed and Breakfast and Hotel Rooms
There are nice, posh, yet cheap hotels available, the type that are ideal for weddings. There are also b&b’s and guest houses that are even cheaper. The personal service in a bed and breakfast is like no other hotel. You may have to book in advance, the rooms go quick in the best bed and breakfast accommodation.
A hotel in the heart of the town is the place to be as it gives you the best of both worlds, a thriving town within a short walk to the magnificent countryside.
If you want to stay in the center of town nearby the train station and the Castle, check out our cheapest rates for Premier Inn Central. This 3 star hotel offers great value, spacious, comfortable and modern en suite guest rooms and free car parking. Some family rooms can take 2 adults and up to 2 children (under 16 years). The 2 children also get a free full breakfast when accompanied by an adult eating a full breakfast.
Also located in the heart of town is very popular 3 star rated George Hotel. This property offers beautiful, individually decorated, spacious, bedrooms equipped to a high standard.
Accommodation near Colchester General Hospital and Essex County Hospital
Address of General Hospital : Turner Road, Colchester, Essex, CO4 5JL
There is a frequent bus service (8, 8a, 5, 84 and 65) from the town centre and North Station (4 minutes) to the general hospital complex. Alternatively it’s only a 15 minute walk from North Train Station.
Address of Essex County Hospital : Lexden Rd, Colchester, Essex CO3 3NB, United Kingdom
Colchester Institute CO3 3LL
Huge discounts for hotel and bed & breakfast in Colchester England near the Institute and army bases.
The Institute provides further and higher education and includes the Centre for Music and Performing Arts, Centre for Hospitality and Food Studies, and the Professional Training Centre.
Address Colchester Institute : Sheepen Rd Colchester, Essex CO3 3LL, United Kingdom
The Zoo CO3 0SL
Address of the Zoo : Maldon Rd, Stanway, Essex CO3 0SL, United Kingdom
The award-winning Colchester Zoo is rated as one of the finest zoos in Europe. Guests can enjoy over 260 species of animals and reptiles, along with 60 acres of beautiful parkland and lakes.
Army Barracks Merville – Military Base CO2 7UT
Colchester Garrison is a major garrison and is currently home to the British Army’s 16th Air Assault Brigade. The Merville Barracks are situated on the south side of Colchester, 1.5 miles from the town centre.
Address of Army Barracks : Colchester, Essex, CO2 7UT
Colchester in Essex England UK
Location : this ancient town is located in eastern part of England in the heart of Essex, about 50 miles from central London, which is to the south-west. Central London can be reached in just over an hour by train, while Ipswich is around 18 miles away. Very near is Chelmsford, the county town of Essex and the seafront establishments and beaches of Clacton on Sea.
Stansted international airport (see accommodation), can easily be reached.
Region : East of England
County : Essex
Nearby Attractions and Sights
(Maldon Road, Stanway, CO4 3RH England UK)
Great zoo offering a large variety of animals. The zoo is well laid out and nicely maintained.
(High Street, CO1 1UG Essex England)
Victorian Park boasting a children’s play area, putting green and boating lake. The museum and Castle are also located within the park.
The Beth Chatto Gardens
(Elmstead Market, CO7 7DB United Kingdom)
Wonderful gardens with many different types of plants, some are quite unusual. A lovely little cafe serves good value food and drinks.
(High Street, Colchester CO1 1UG, England)
Hollytrees Museum is home to a fine collection of clocks and antiquities. The museum is housed in a stylish Georgian building.