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Local interest

what's on in and around Colchester


Stay in an intriguingly different hotel


From afternoon tea to a 3 course meal


A serene place to plan, think and build


The perfect venue for your wedding day

There’s plenty to see and do nearby.

Colchester is Britain’s oldest recorded town and lies just one hour from London and just a few miles from the coast.

What to do in Colchester:

Video produced by the University of Essex.


Colchester, Essex
The picturesque town of Wivenhoe is just a short walk away from Wivenhoe House. Take a stroll along the waterfront to the beautiful town and explore some of Wivenhoe’s unique shops and cafés.

Colchster Castle

Colchster Town Centre, Essex
One of the many highlights is Colchester Castle, the biggest Norman keep in Europe, reopened on 2 May 2014, after an intensive programme of improvement works to the museum.

Layer Marney Tower

Layer Marney, Colchester, Essex
Step forward 500 years and visit Layer Marney Tower, built in the reign of Henry VIII and visited by the monarch himself and his daughter Elizabeth I. Attracting visitors from all over the world to see the impressive architecture, gardens and landscape, the Tower reopened on 30 March 2014.

Colchester Zoo

Stanway, Colchester, Essex
With more than 270 species spread across 60 acres, award-winning Colchester Zoo is a must-do for any family visiting the area. In celebration of the opening of their new ‘Bear of the Rising Sun’ enclosure, 2014 has been designated the Year of the Bear with a number of special events throughout the year.

The Beth Chatto Gardens

Elmstead Market, Colchster, Essex
Just four miles from Colchester are The Beth Chatto Gardens, a beautiful tranquil haven to delight any garden lover. Set up in 1960 by Beth Chatto and her late husband Andrew, the garden features many unusual plants and Beth Chatto has published books and lectured around the world sharing her love and knowledge of planting.

Art Exchange Gallery

The University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, Essex
Art lovers are spoilt for choice in Colchester. Just a few metres from the hotel is the University of Essex’s acclaimed Art Exchange Gallery with new exhibitions throughout the year. 


If Wivenhoe House inspires you to go deeper into Constable country, head to Dedham, where the great artist went to school. The High Street is lined with Georgian-fronted houses, old inns and an arts and crafts centre.

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find us, however you travel

By car:

Whether approaching Wivenhoe House from London and the South or Ipswich and the North via the A12, take the exit marked Colchester (A133). Follow the A133 towards Clacton, then take the B1028 for Wivenhoe before turning right into Boundary Road, then right again into Park Road. The entrance for Wivenhoe House is shared with the University of Essex but Park Road leads you through Wivenhoe Park and you will be able to see the glorious house from the road.

Sat Nav: CO4 3SQ. Please note, some Sat Navs may direct you to the wrong side of Wivenhoe Park so please check before you leave.

By train:

Colchester station, Colchester Town station, Wivenhoe station and Hythe stations are all between 10-15 minutes from Wivenhoe House by car. Trains run between London (Liverpool Street) and Colchester station every 10-20 minutes. The journey takes around an hour. Also connect with Colchester from Norwich, Ipswich, Felixstowe & Harwich. Some trains from London (Liverpool Street) also stop at Wivenhoe Station. When travelling from the Clacton/Walton direction, alight at Wivenhoe or Hythe Stations.

By plane:

Stansted airport is approximately 45 minutes from Wivenhoe House by car. Helicopter pad coordinates are 603200/223900.