Britain’s oldest city? It’s not London

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Colchester, Britain’s oldest recorded town, is an enriching side trip crammed with intrigue (and great oysters).

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Before Londinium – today’s London – ruled the roost, Camulodunum was the thriving capital of Roman occupied Britain. Founded in AD43 by emperor Claudius, it boasted the island’s first classical temple, theatres and senate house. But after it was brutally destroyed by Queen Boudica’s marauding Iceni tribe in AD61, the Romans relocated theirColchester Castle, where you’ll find gold and silver jewellery discovered under a department store on Colchester’s High Street in 2014.

About an hour north-east of London by train, Colchester offers visitors a change of pace and scenery with fascinating history to boot. On a balmy summer’s afternoon, people young and old are lolling about, reading books, chatting and having picnics beside flower beds, oak and maple trees and Roman archaeological ruins in the city’s Castle Park.

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