The Colchester Visitor Centre, Walks & Bike Rides around Colchester

The Colchester Visitor Information Centre (VIC) is the tourist office for Colchester, found in the heart of Colchester’s historic bustling centre, within minutes of award winning museums, superb shopping and a wide variety of places to wine and dine.

Contact them before you visit for the best advice on where to go, what to do or come and see them in Hollytrees Museum when you arrive for hands-on advice and information

They offer the following services, amongst others:

– Help with planning your trip, with great ideas of things to do and places to visit in Essex;

– Locating and booking local things and guided trips;

– Assistance with travel routes and transport info

– Valuable information on the rest of UK;

– Access to wheelchair persons and people with other disabilities as well as buggies;

– Help with Booking day trips and trips with local coach operators;

– Shop with Essex made gifts and quality nick nacks from Colchester;

– And much more!

Details of The Town to Sea Trail

Take the walk to Colchester’s great public art trail, The Town To Sea Trail, for local people as well as visitors.

The Trail, from its beginning in Colchester Town Centre to its finish at The Swinging Basin on the quay side of the River Colne at the Hythe, sweeps through various landscapes. One large section contains Moorland and is a paramountly interesting and important site of nature conservation.

There is a guide to accompany the trail is available from the Colchester Visitor Information Centre to call 01206 282920 or email

Details of the View Finder Trail

A 17.5 mile (28 km) moderate day cycle ride. Circular route on roads & cycle paths with linear stretch to Wivenhoe

The trail is the design of artist Michael Goodey, who was created by early 20th-century¬† painter Lucien Pissarro’s painting of the sight across Hilly Fields, which in now in the Colchester Museum. A further inspiration was Colchester’s beautiful skyline featuring the old Tower of the Town Hall and the infamous Jumbo Water Tower. This cycle route gives history and great culture together through the eyes of the artist.

At 10 locations, Michael has put a sign showing the view. Initially giving the appearance of a normal road sign, they are in fact carefully handmade works of art. The trail is, in effect, a piece of artwork in itself, which asks people to discover new viewpoints and vistas.