Quality Hotel Colchester
A12/A120 Ardleigh Junction
Colchester, EN CO7 7QY
Phone: (44) 1206 230900
Fax: (44) 1206 231095
A12/A120 Ardleigh Junction, Colchester, EN, GB, CO7 7QY
- Phone: (44) 1206 230900
- Fax: (44) 1206 231095
Arts & Museums
The Moyse's Hall Museum is a collection house that draws a picture of the past. The museum displays relics and artifacts from pre-historic and medieval times. Some of the interesting ones being hair of Mary Tudor and the flint-lock alarm clock. There are a number of events held here on a regular basis as well. It also has some novelty art pieces like Mary Beale’s works. Check the website for details.
This Edwardian building first opened its doors as one of the first free libraries in Southend. By the 1980s, the building began its story as the town's central museum displaying articles that tell of the early history of Southend. Collections on display have been donated by the Southend Institute and reference both the anthropology and culture of the town. Do stop by for an interesting look into Southend's past.
The West Stow Anglo - Saxon Village is a village that has been recreated to show the people what it was like to live at West Stow back in the days of yonder. The West Stow Anglo - Saxon Village houses archaeological findings that date as far back as the Stone Age, Bronze Age and the Iron Age. Some of the findings include over six thousand pieces of Bronze, the Isleham Hoard, swords, arrows, axes and more. The West Stow Anglo - Saxon Village will is a unique place to visit at it will open your eyes to what it was like living in an era that is ling forgotten. To know more about the venue, do visit their website.
Mountfitchet Castle offers visitors a chance to enjoy a unique blend of history and entertainment. Built in 1980's on the original site of the ruined castle, this castle has been recreated, and it's a fun way to learn about the history of the site and experience what everyday life might have been like in Domesday England. Following excavations and years of planning, the Norman Castle was rebuilt. Explore the site, walk through the houses, try not to step on any livestock roaming around as you take in the unique experience of living history. The Toy Museum located on the site is also worth a look, and you can see an amazing collection from Victorian era to the 20th century. Those seeking a thrill can check out the Haunted House in the Toy Museum and the Palaeontology House. Kids and parents can have a fun day out at this engaging attraction. Last entry is at 3.45pm.
The National Horse racing Museum recounts the story of the Sport of Kings and hands-on exhibits include a Horse Simulator for budding jockeys and racing karaoke. Other displays celebrate the lives of both two- and four-legged racing personalities, among them Lester Piggott, Willie Carson and Red Rum. Recent temporary exhibitions have examined racing frauds, artwork and the unique bond between horses and humans over the centuries. The museum also runs a program of specialist visits to private studs, horse sanctuaries and other equine sites. A shop and cafe are also available.
Ancient House is indeed an ancient Tudor property, which belonged to a wealthy merchant. This crooked and strange house, is a big hit with the amused kids who enjoy themselves taking in the exhibits, films, photographs, fine art, animation and over 7000 collections which include costumes, armory, archeological artifacts and more.
The wartime airfield at Duxford is now home to Europe's premier air museum. It has a vast collection of 20th-century flying machines and host to regular airshows, including the annual Duxford Autumn Air Show and the Duxford Anniversary Air Show. The favorites are all here; Concorde, Spitfires and jet fighters. With the colossal American Air Museum Hangar, Land Warfare Hall and Battle of Britain Operations Room, there is plenty to do whatever the weather. Facilities include an adventure playground, souvenir shop and flight simulators. Admission prices may vary as per season.
The Henry Moore Foundation was set up in 1977 to promote visual art. Apart from preserving Henry Moore's art works and research, they also organize various events and exhibitions. They have a center in Herts, the Henry Moore Perry Green, which along with the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds make up for the Foundation. The Henry Moore Foundation also provides grants to a number of organizations all over the UK.
The Church of the Holy Sepulchre was founded by 12th-century Crusaders to commemorate the church of the same name in Jerusalem. It now houses the Brass Rubbing Centre, featuring over 100 facsimiles of old brasses, including armored knights and ladies of the manor, that were once popular decorations on medieval tombs and the closest thing to a photograph in that time. Copies of the brasses, made by covering the brass sheet and rubbing pastels over it, can be purchased.
Following the riverside footpath from the city center, the first thing you notice about the Cambridge Museum of Technology is its tall chimney. Housed in a Victorian pumping station, the museum holds an array of old steam engines, gas engines, boilers and printing presses. These machines are brought back to life on steam days when the pumping station is a cacophony of whirls and whistles or creaks and groans. Steam days are held eight times per year. So do contact for more details.
The British explorer Robert Falcon Scott died in Antarctica in 1912, after having reached the South Pole. This museum was founded eight years later in his memory. As well as containing equipment and documents relating to this particular expedition, the Scott Polar Research Institute provides a fascinating introduction to both Antarctica and the Arctic Circle, our planet's last wildernesses.
This neo-classical building, which was founded in 1816, is guarded by sculptured lions and boasts of a magnificent entrance hall. Visit the Egyptian galleries and see their collection of exotic mummies. Their art collection includes masterpieces by Rubens, Monet and Picasso, as well as classical statues, delicate oriental fans, illuminated manuscripts and pottery. You can grab a quick bite or a cup of coffee at the Fitzwilliam Museum Courtyard Cafe as well . Guided tours are available.