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Looking for a new home in Colchester?

Colchester has always been a key town in Essex and now it has new city status. The city enjoys a strategic position in the county, 50 miles northeast of London. There are excellent road and rail links, Colchester is 30 miles from Stansted Airport, and 20 miles from the passenger ferry port of Harwich. The remains of the Roman walls and the castle are reminders of the past, and the stunning visual arts venue at Firstsite, keeps Colchester looking forward. A new home here has the best of both these cultural worlds as the setting for family and working life.

Living in Colchester

Travel and transport

The A12 is the key route from Greater London and the M25, passing Chelmsford, Colchester, Ipswich, and on through rural Suffolk to Lowestoft. The other main route here is the A120, connecting Harwich on the east coast with Bishop’s Stortford and the M11 to the west. The M11 is the motorway link between London and Cambridge. Colchester’s train station is on the Great Eastern line, with services to London Liverpool Street taking an average of one hour, to Harwich taking half an hour, and to Ipswich taking around 20 minutes.

Local information

Colchester’s city centre offers excellent shopping, excellent places to eat, and excellent places to visit. Independent shops, department stores, and high street brands are spread through the historic South Lanes and Trinity Street, and in the modern shopping arcades. The Lion Walk Shopping Centre is also the venue for Colchester’s weekly Friday and Saturday market. History and culture share the city's green spaces, with Colchester Castle and Castle Park leading down to the banks of the River Colne, and the Visual Arts Facility, Firstsite, in a central location just off the High Street. Colchester Leisure World is close to the heart of the city too.

Local schools

There is a wide choice at secondary level. Options include Colchester Royal Grammar, Colchester Academy, Thomas Lord Audley School, Colchester High School, The Stanway School, St Helena School, and the Philip Morant School & College.  The Colchester Institute is the largest vocational college in North Essex.