Parking in Colchester

Colchester was the capital of the south eastern region of England when the Romans arrived in 43AD, and they chose to retain it as their first permanent colony in this country. It is a modern town today but is packed with interesting and often attractive historic remains, like the Roman city wall and the Norman keep. You’ll have no trouble parking, either, as Colchester NCP car parks are handy for visiting all the attractions here.  

Points of interest

The town gate and massive wall that the Romans built here to fend off Boadicea after she ransacked the town can still be seen and are a popular attraction for visitors. The Dutch Quarter is characterised by steep, narrow streets and tall houses, and is where a group of Flemish weavers lived in the 16th century. Leave your car at our car park, and explore what this quaint town of Colchester has to offer!

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Nearby car parks

Name Spaces Season Ticket Pre‑book NCP App
Marker for Colchester High Street Colchester High Street 642  15 Buy Pre‑book NCP App
Marker for Colchester Osborne Street Colchester Osborne Street 601  6 Buy NCP App
Marker for Colchester Station (Greater Anglia) Colchester Station (Greater Anglia) 1410  26 Buy
Marker for Marks Tey Station (Greater Anglia) Marks Tey Station (Greater Anglia) 285  14 Buy
Name Colchester High Street
Spaces 642 15
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Name Colchester Osborne Street
Spaces 601 6
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Name Colchester Station (Greater Anglia)
Spaces 1410 26
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Name Marks Tey Station (Greater Anglia)
Spaces 285 14
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Attraction & event parking in Colchester


Colchester Castle

Colchester Castle remains England’s oldest and biggest Norman keep, twice the size of the Tower of London’s White Tower. It was built on the platform of a Roman temple in 1076 and incorporates stone from Roman buildings. Be sure to visit the museum, which is packed with artefacts from prehistoric times to the English Civil War. You can drop your car at the nearby Colchester High Street NCP car park for easy access. 


Hollytrees Museum

Hollytrees Museum was built in 1718 and is the place to come if you want to see what life was like for the wealthy folk of the time. The period furniture, fittings and artefacts are well presented and admission is free. The name of the museum derives from holly trees that were planted in the grounds in 1729. Drop your car off at the NCP’s Colchester Osborne Street car park and explore an interesting slice of local history.​


Lion Walk Shopping Centre

At the very heart of Colchester you’ll find the imposing Lion Walk Shopping Centre. A product of the 1970s, it is home to numerous offices and shops, along with a few private properties, and is a focal point for the local residents. A popular option for a day’s shopping in town is to leave your vehicle at the Colchester Osborne Street NCP car park and spend your time wandering around the various outlets. There are plenty of coffee shops and restaurants in the centre and close by too, and you won’t have far to carry your shopping afterwards.


Mercury Theatre

The Mercury Theatre is a highly respected and award winning theatrical venue that is usually described in superlatives. It won an Essex Tourism Award in 2010, and has two auditoria as well as a section that showcases contemporary local artists. Touring shows appear regularly here and its staging of ‘Made in Colchester’ original plays is a speciality. Drop the car at the NCP’s Colchester High Street car park and see what’s on.


Colchester Station

If you want to access mainline rail services while you’re here, Colchester Station was opened in 1843 and runs trains to London Liverpool Street, Norwich and many other destinations. The old station at the rear is an impressively solid structure and worth a look. Leave your car at the Colchester Station NCP car park. ​

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