North East Essex
This part of Essex is packed with activities for all to enjoy. North East Essex will offer you something old and something new. Colchester's mix of history will embrace you with its charm and greet you with its modern surroundings. Fancy a dip then head off to Clacton on Sea and experience the breathtaking sea views and sandy beach. Places like Harwich boasts its seafaring history and continues to do so with it now being the second largest passenger ferry terminal.
Colchester is the oldest recorded town in Britain; to truly unravel the town's history and cultural heritage, explore the different types of museums in this town. A visit to Colchester Castle Museum will take you right back to 2000 years of some of the most important events. To entertain the children and make a history lesson fun, visit the newly redeveloped Hollytrees Museum where fun and humour is never short. The Natural History Museum Housed in the unique setting of the former All Saints Church in 1957 focuses on rich heritage. The museum holds a churchyard nature reserve, hands on display and a well-stocked shop. Enjoy Tymperleys Clock Museum, this stunning fifteenth century timber framed house, once home to William Gilberd, scientist and physician to Elizabeth I.
Services: Most of the Colchester town services go through Colchester High Street except service 76, 74, 103 and 104. Please check the timetable section of the website for more details.
Step inside the wonderful world of Colchester zoo, and discover the magical animal kingdom. Get up close and personal, and educate yourself on a range of different species at one of their displays throughout the day. You can also feed the Elephants and Giraffes during the designated feeding times.
That's not all, take a trip on the 'lost Madagascar express' train, and check out the white Rhino's, Ostrich’s, Komodo Dragons and more.
There's also a large array of kids play areas where they can let off steam, whilst the adults take a much needed rest!
Make sure you look out for Special offers with First bus. Our 75 service stops directly outside the zoo making it easy to get to and from your location.
Services: Service 75 runs from Colchester bus station. Running every hour during the day, Monday to Saturday, and two-hourly on Sundays.
Harwich Electric Palace Cinema
The Electric Palace Cinema was established back in 1911 and has become a landmark of history. The cinema is situated in fine surroundings and takes you back through history of when the term picture house described a cinema today. You can encounter original features including a projection room and an ornamental frontage still in place.
Services: Services to Colchester via Manningtree, numbers 103 and 104 start and end their route at Harwich Town railway station. Please check timetable section of the website for more details.
The pier was officially opened on 27 July 1871, when the SS 'Albert Edward called, bringing with it a party of directors from Woolwich Steam Packet Company and around 200 guests. Now, the pier hosts fantastic eating and leisure facilities for all ages. From the Boardwalk Bar & Grill, to the Casino Royal amusement hall, you're sure to find something to make your visit a memorable one. Service 102/103/104 will take you to the town centre, where you can jump on a number of routes that take you via the seafront and pier.
Services: Bus service 5 and 6/7 and /10 and 11/17 and 18 all go near Clacton-on-Sea. Please check timetable section of the website for more details.