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Castle Park, in the centre of town, is home to Colchester Castle, the largest Norman Keep in Europe, as well as to a museum, boating lake, gardens and children’s play area.For commuters, Colchester North Railway Station is 10 minutes drive from Avellana Place and has a large car park attached, as well as being a stopping point for many local buses.Leisure Colchester – or Camulodunum as it was then – was the first Roman capital of Britain and evidence of its past is still very much apparent throughout the town.Part of the original Roman wall that surrounded Camulodunum can still be seen on Balkerne Hill, on the outskirts of the town centre, and two of only five Roman theatres in the country are located here.Several retail parks, such as Tollgate Centre, Turner Rise and Colne View can be found throughout the town and its outlying areas, offering a mixture of supermarkets, fashion outlets, home furnishing stores, specialist shops and cafés.
Universities easily accessible from the development include Essex University (nine minutes drive), Anglia Ruskin University, which has a campus at Chelmsford, and the University of East Anglia at Norwich.
Education Residents of these new homes in Colchester will find a selection of highly regarded schools in the surrounding area, including Colchester Royal Grammar School, which topped the A level performance tables for the ninth year running in 2015, and Colchester County High School for Girls, which appears in the top third of schools nationally for A level results.
Primary schools close to Avellana Place include Brinkley Grove Primary, St John’s CE Primary and Highwoods Community Primary, while for older children, state and independent secondary education providers include the Gilberd School, St Helena School, St Mary’s School and Colchester High School.
Eating and drinking Whether tastes run to takewaways, informal cafés or fine dining, Colchester possesses outstanding examples of them all.
The High Street is populated by a number of well-known chains, but also traditional English pubs, such as the George Hotel, where visitors can pull up an armchair in front of a roaring fire in winter, enjoy coffee and hot chocolate, as well as a pint or glass of wine, and indulge in homemade bar snacks or à la carte dishes in the restaurant.
Journey times are representative of journeys made by car unless stated otherwise and may vary according to travel conditions and time of day.