Where to Stay

Planning to stay in Colchester for the weekend? Check out this Visit Essex video for some ideas on where else to visit during your stay! 

Colchester Holiday Inn

The hotel offers a relaxed location for a short break, just 3 miles from Colchester Zoo. Holiday Inn Colchester is situated just off the A12 at junction 26, and 4 miles from Colchester, Britain's oldest recorded town. Arrive at the hotel and leave your car in our spacious complimentary car park and check-in to one of our family rooms (2 adults 2 children) with complimentary use of the Spirit Leisure Facilities with its swimming pool, sauna, jacuzzi and gym. Outside there’s a children's play area and hidden around the hotel there’s a Treasure Hunt for your little ones to search for animals that you should find at the Zoo. (Please ask hotel reception for further information). Children under-12 stay for free (when sharing their parents' room) and eat free from the children’s menu, when accompanied by 2 adults and taken from the full restaurant menu.

Abbotts Lane, Eight Ash Green,Colchester, Essex, CO6 3QL
(3 miles, 7 minutes away)

Tel: 0871 942 9020
Web: http://www.hicolchesterhotel.co.uk

Marks Tey Hotel Half width image 2017The Best Western Marks Tey Hotel

The hotel is situated 10 minutes from Colchester Zoo. Family rooms available. Free parking and use of our onsite leisure centre including swimming pool.

London Road, Colchester, Essex, CO6 1DU
(4.6 miles, 10 minutes away)

Tel: 01206 210001
Web: http://www.marksteyhotel.co.uk

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Set amidst 320-acres of panoramic English countryside, the resort has two golf courses, beautiful lakes, sports & leisure facilities. Enjoy fine dining, post-golf pints, cocktails at sunset, spa-wind-downs, family tennis, and signature luxury bedding at Crowne Plaza Five Lakes.

Colchester Road Tolleshunt Knights Maldon Essex CM9 8HX
(5 miles, 10 minutes away)

Tel: 01621 868 888
Web: http://www.cpcolchester.co.uk/

Waldegraves Half width image 2017Waldegraves Family Holiday Park

Escape to the coast and enjoy a break on the beautiful Mersea Island at Waldegraves Holiday Park. From luxury holiday caravans to great-value touring and camping pitches, there’s something for everyone. There’s so much to do on-site, with top on-site facilities, including a swimming pool and restaurant, as well as a fishing lakes, crazy golf and even a UK FootGolf course!

Mersea Island, Colchester, Essex CO5 8SE
(10 miles, 20 minutes away)

Tel: 01206 382898 
Web: www.waldegraves.co.uk

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Wivenhoe House Hotel 

Once painted by John Constable, Wivenhoe House Hotel is set in acres of glorious parkland. This Grade II listed country house hotel is the perfect base to explore Colchester and Constable country. The hotel has 16 suites in the main house and 24 contemporary bedrooms in the garden wing. Our brasserie was recently awarded best family friendly restaurant and has an excellent children’s menu.

Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, Essex, CO4 3SQ
(7.8 miles, 15 minutes away)

Tel:01206 863666
Web: www.wivenhoehouse.co.uk

Holiday Inn Half width image 2017Colchester Holiday Inn Express

Holiday Inn Express, Colchester, is a new generation hotel with the latest design features.  You'll be met with bold, modern architecture and comfortable furniture, as well as inspiring light-filled spaces, set in a location where you have the convenience of town with the gorgeous backdrop of the countryside. All rooms offer free breakfast and Wifi.

Birchwood Road, Colchester, Essex CO7 6HX
(10 miles, 15 minutes away)

Tel: 0871 423 4896
Web: http://www.ihg.com/holidayinnexpress/colchester 

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 A diverse selection of personally inspected cottages located in the Essex Countryside, only a short distance from Colchester Zoo. Ideal for families, self-catering breaks and larger groups visiting the region.

Tel: 01244 356666

Holiday Cottages 

where to stay blog Holiday Cottages offer an extensive selection of cottages located in the Essex countryside, with only a short drive from Colchester Zoo. Ideal for families, self-catering breaks and larger groups visiting the region.

Tel: 01237 459888
Web https://www.holidaycottages.co.uk/


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