Places to Stay near Zoo, University, Hospital, Institute

Globe Hotel

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

218 reviews 5.4

£ 55.00

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Holiday Inn Colchester, an IHG Hotel

CO6 3QL, Colchester, Abbotts Lane - Eight Ash Green

In a quiet village setting, just off the A12, outside the ancient Roman town of Colchester, this modern hotel offers great value with free parking and an indoor pool. Close to junction 26 of the... read more

2105 reviews 7.1

£ 45.54

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Dragonfly Hotel Colchester

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

2007 reviews 7.5

£ 44.10

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Brook Red Lion Hotel

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. Colchester Business Park is a 12-minute... read more

951 reviews 6.8

£ 45.00

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The George Hotel

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

909 reviews 8.3

£ 1.00

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Wivenhoe House Hotel

CO4 3SQ, Colchester, Wivenhoe Park

Set in the historic grounds of Wivenhoe Park, 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. The... read more

1323 reviews 8.8

£ 1.00

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Pheasant Suites

CO7 7BB, Colchester, Balls Farm Tye Road Elmstead Market

The Pheasant Retreat and Pheasant Lodge and Pheasant Suite are situated in the grounds of Balls Farm, a 17th-century farmhouse surrounded by fields and wildlife. The accommodation has a 5-star Gold Award from the British... read more

117 reviews 9.7

£ 65.00

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Best Western The Rose & Crown Hotel

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

1153 reviews 7.4

£ 62.10

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Holiday Inn Express Colchester, an IHG Hotel

CO7 6HX, Colchester, Birchwood Road

Located just off the A12, Holiday Inn Express Colchester offers air-conditioned, modern bedrooms with satellite TVs. There is a restaurant, a bar and free private parking. Each en suite room at Colchester Holiday Inn Express... read more

1673 reviews 7.5

£ 32.34

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The Railway Sleeper Lodge

CO4 5AJ, Colchester, Bergholt Road

Offering affordable, clean & compact accommodation, the Railway Sleeper Lodge is just 5 minutes’ walk from Colchester Main Train Station. A convenient 24-hour self check-in service is provided. Each compact room has a microwave, fridge,... read more

510 reviews 8

£ 43.88

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The North Hill Hotel

CO1 1PY, Colchester, 51 North Hill

Colchester’s North Hill Hotel provides luxurious bed and breakfast in Britain’s oldest town. Just off the High Street and 4 minutes’ drive from the train station, its well-appointed rooms and suites are complemented by a... read more

599 reviews 8.7

£ 80.00

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Star Anglia Hotel

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

331 reviews 6.4

£ 70.00

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CO1 1UG, Colchester, High Street

Situated in Colchester, 200 metres from Colchester Castle, this AA rated property features a garden. Located around 6 km from Colchester Zoo, the hotel is also 11 km away from Flatford. The accommodation features a... read more

1346 reviews 8.8

£ 130.00

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Colchester Boutique Hotel

CO1 1DZ, Colchester, 4-6 North Hill,

Featuring a bar, shared lounge, garden and free WiFi, Colchester Boutique Hotel is located in Colchester, 26 km from Freeport Braintree and 29 km from Hedingham Castle. Boasting a concierge service, this property also provides... read more

367 reviews 8

£ 110.00

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The Lodge

CO7 7LS, Colchester, 22 Harwich Road

Situated 37 km from Freeport Braintree, The Lodge features accommodation with free WiFi and free private parking. Each unit features a fully equipped kitchen with a microwave, a fireplace, a seating area, a flat-screen TV... read more

26 reviews 7.5

£ 50.00

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Baye House

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

149 reviews 9.4

£ 66.53

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Dutch Cottage

CO1 1EY, Colchester,

Dutch Cottage in Colchester features accommodation with free WiFi, 27 km from Freeport Braintree, 30 km from Hedingham Castle and 38 km from Chelmsford Train Station. The holiday home has 2 bedrooms, a TV, an... read more

9 reviews 8.2

£ 63.43

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Endymion Lodge

CO6 2DY, Colchester, Colchester Road, Wakes Colne

Endymion Lodge is set in 500 acres of private grounds with woodland and fishing lake, 8 miles from Colchester. The holiday home offers a veranda with a hot tub and is less than a 21-minute... read more

1 reviews 10

£ 199.08

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Brook Lodge

CO6 2DY, Colchester, Colchester Road, Wakes Colne

Brook Lodge, a property with a veranda and a hot tub, is located 8 miles from Colchester, and Colchester Zoo. The house is set in 500 acres of private grounds and woodland, with a large... read more

0 reviews 0

£ 196.76

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Ivy Cottage, Colchester

CO5 7EW, Colchester,

Set 35 km from Hedingham Castle, 44 km from Chelmsford Train Station and 6.5 km from Colchester Castle, Ivy Cottage, Colchester offers accommodation situated in Colchester. The accommodation is 32 km from Freeport Braintree, and... read more

2 reviews 9.5

£ 1.00

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Plumptons Farm Holiday Lodges

CO7 8AZ, Colchester, Plumptons Farm, Ford Lane Alresford

Set in Colchester in the Essex region, Plumptons Farm Holiday Lodges offers accommodation with free private parking. The lodge provides guests with a patio, garden views, a seating area, cable flat-screen TV, a fully equipped... read more

143 reviews 9.3

£ 1.00

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Detached Coach House

CO2 7GR, Colchester, 36 Sergeant Street

Detached Coach House in Colchester provides accommodation with free WiFi, 29 km from Freeport Braintree, 31 km from Hedingham Castle and 40 km from Chelmsford Train Station. The holiday home features 2 bedrooms, a flat-screen... read more

40 reviews 9.4

£ 1.00

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St Nicholas Hotel

CO1 1DN, Colchester, High Street St Nicholas Hotel

29 km from Freeport Braintree, St Nicholas Hotel is set in Colchester and offers free WiFi and express check-in and check-out. The property is around 32 km from Hedingham Castle, 41 km from Chelmsford Train... read more

1956 reviews 7.9

£ 53.10

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The Blackwater Suite

CO5 8LJ, Colchester, 28 St Peters Road West Mersea

Situated in Colchester, 36 km from Freeport Braintree, The Blackwater Suite features accommodation with free WiFi and free private parking. The property is around 43 km from Chelmsford Train Station, 44 km from Hedingham Castle... read more

91 reviews 8.6

£ 100.00

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North Colchester Homestay

CO4 6DU, Colchester, 21 Destination Drive

North Colchester Homestay is situated in Colchester, 29 km from Freeport Braintree, 32 km from Hedingham Castle, as well as 41 km from Chelmsford Train Station. This homestay features free private parking, a shared kitchen... read more

28 reviews 8.5

£ 1.00

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Crown House

CO2 7FA, Colchester, Flat 2 Crown House 34-38 Southway

Set 27 km from Freeport Braintree, 30 km from Hedingham Castle and 39 km from Chelmsford Train Station, Crown House provides accommodation located in Colchester. This apartment offers free private parking, an ATM and free... read more

4 reviews 7.5

£ 1.00

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Black Buoy Inn

CO7 9BS, Colchester, Black Buoy Hill Wivenhoe

Featuring a restaurant, bar, garden and free WiFi, Black Buoy Inn is located in Colchester, 34 km from Freeport Braintree and 37 km from Hedingham Castle. The property is set 45 km from Chelmsford Train... read more

286 reviews 8.3

£ 85.00

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Clarendon Heights - Stylish Two-Bedroom Apartment

CO1 1AU, Colchester, 16 Imperial Court, Clarendon Way

Set in Colchester, 26 km from Freeport Braintree, 29 km from Hedingham Castle and 38 km from Chelmsford Train Station, Clarendon Heights - Stylish Two-Bedroom Apartment offers accommodation with a balcony and free WiFi. This... read more

49 reviews 8.5

£ 104.00

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Two Bed - Close to North Station and Hospital

CO1 1AU, Colchester, Number 6, Imperial Court, Clarendon Way

Located in Colchester, 26 km from Freeport Braintree, 29 km from Hedingham Castle and 38 km from Chelmsford Train Station, Two Bed - Close to North Station and Hospital provides accommodation with a balcony and... read more

44 reviews 8.8

£ 99.00

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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.

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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…

accommodation near colchester hospital in essex ukThe 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

place to stayThere 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.

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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

The Essex County hospital site can be reached by bus numbers 65, 5 and 71/71c.

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.

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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

Colchester Zoo

(Maldon Road, Stanway, CO4 3RH England UK)

Great zoo offering a large variety of animals. The zoo is well laid out and nicely maintained.

Castle Park

(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.

Hollytrees Museum

(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.