Colchester - Capital of Britannia

3 days

From £495

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Summary

Britain’s oldest town through the ages

Colchester positively oozes history. The first Roman capital of Britannia boasts some of the most important archaeological remains surviving from Roman Britain. Walking through the historic town, we will find notable highlights, including the foundations of the massive temple of Claudius, the earliest and some of the best preserved Roman town walls, as well as an exceptional collection of mosaics and one of the earliest Christian buildings in the country. The city also preserves remains of two theatres and the only known Roman circus in Britain. Camulodunum is mentioned by Pliny the Elder, in what remains the oldest surviving reference to any town in Britain, thereby making Colchester the oldest recorded town in Britain. Camulodunum, meaning the fortress of Camulos, was the seat of the most powerful kings who ruled in Late Iron Age Britain, including Cunobelin. It is perhaps for this reason that Rome, in AD 49, established its first provincial capital here. In AD 60 the town was the prime target of the great revolt led by Boudicca, Queen of the Iceni, and the massacre of the town’s inhabitants took place in the temple of Claudius. Although the town was re-founded and rebuilt later in the 1st century, it was overtaken by the better placed London as the imperial capital.

Tour highlights:

  • An in-depth exploration of the historically unique city of Colchester, the backdrop of the Boudiccan revolt
  • Explore the Roman Circus, the only one in Britain, with Peter Crummy, the Director of the Colchester Archaeological Trust
  • Visit Colchester Castle, built on the foundation of the Temple of Claudius

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  • Pay a low deposit of £99, was £250.

Single supplement: £175

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Meet your Experts

Peter Berridge

Guide Lecturer

Peter has published on a range of archaeological subjects including prehistoric stone tools and Norman castles. He has worked on excavations in Britain, Gibraltar and Morocco. His particular passion is the study of Colchester Castle.

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Included in your cost:

  • Expert Guide Lecturer
  • Local travel aboard a private air-conditioned coach
  • Meals as per the itinerary, wine and tea or coffee with dinner
  • Accommodation
  • Entries to all sites as per the itinerary
  • All taxes & gratuities
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25 June 2021 ASCB210625 25 June 2021 (Friday) 27 June 2021 (Sunday) Peter Berridge £495
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1 October 2021 ASCB211001 1 October 2021 (Friday) 3 October 2021 (Sunday) Peter Berridge £495
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