If you are looking for a B&B in Colchester, why not stay with us at our lovely country guest house, in the nearby village of Peldon? Ransomes dates back in parts to the 17th century and has a lovely beamed interior and comfortable furnishings with tasteful decor.

A visit to Britain’s oldest recorded town and Roman capital for a short break is an absolute must. There’s great shopping, art galleries, museums, wonderful restaurants – and the newly updated Colchester Castle, as well as nearby Colchester Zoo


Colchester Castle

The Castle has just undergone a £4.2 million refurbishment and is looking better than ever with brand new interactive displays, new finds and star exhibits. There are plenty of experiences for children – from dressing up to building a Roman archway and exploring a recreated thatched roundhouse. This makes for a fantastic family outing for all ages; everyone is sure to enjoy the new app that brings the castle to life.


Art Galleries

Another newly completed project in the center of town is our contemporary art gallery, Firstsite, which is a large tourist draw with regularly changing exhibitions and one-off cinema showings. Firstsite is great for all the family, with sophisticated art for adults and a fantastic ‘play room’ with chalk board walls and plenty of toys for children. 

The Minories Galleries is a professional contemporary art gallery run by Colchester School of Art and set in the heart of the town’s cultural quarter.

Both galleries are close to the beautiful Castle Park and Hollytrees museum.