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Brook Red Lion Hotel in Colchester

Welcome to Brook Red Lion Hotel

The Brook Red Lion Hotel in Colchester is a historical Grade I listed building dating back to 1465. Located in the busy town centre of Colchester, Britain's oldest recorded town, The Brook Red Lion Hotel is one of the oldest inns in the area and one of the oldest hotels in England.

With Tudor features, which include beautiful exposed wooden beams and warm red and gold fabrics, The Brook Red Lion Hotel provides 3 star accommodation in a relaxing environment. The hotel's central Colchester location means that it is less than an hour from London by train and within very easy reach of Stansted Airport.

The Red Lion Brasserie at the Brook Red Lion Hotel in Colchester offers a relaxed dining atmosphere serving classical dishes with a modern twist from our à la carte menu.

Our tastefully decorated Colchester accommodation includes single, double, twin bedrooms and a four poster bedroom.

There are three conference rooms at The Brook Red Lion Hotel and these can be used for wedding receptions, banquets, business meetings and other special private and corporate events in Colchester.

  • 24 bedrooms, including 1 four poster suite
  • Free WiFi
  • 2 function rooms, all with natural daylight
  • Alice Miller - Our resident ghost!

Brook Red Lion Hotel

High Street, Colchester
Essex Co1 1DJ

Local Attractions


Whether it’s ‘quirky’ smaller shops or the usual big name stores you’re interested in, there is something to suit everyone.Located in the heart of Colchester is the Lion Walk Shopping Centre, which is home to 40 of Britain’s well known retailers.

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Colchester Zoo

Colchester Zoo is now one of the finest Zoos in Europe due to a constant programme of development and continues to evolve to ensure the world class level of commitment to their animals. Set in 60 acres of beautiful parkland and lakes, and with over 260 rare species many part of breeding programmes, there is so much to see at Colchester Zoo.

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Colchester Castle

A visit to Colchester Castle Museum takes you through 2000 years of some of the most important events in British history. Once capital of Roman Britain, Colchester has experienced devastation by Boudica, invasion by the Normans and siege during the English Civil War. With so much to do you really will be spoilt for choice at the Castle. Please ask the Red Lion Hotel hotel for further details.

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Beth Chatto Gardens

Situated in a shallow valley in front of a house, The Beth Chatto Gardens began in 1960 and was transformed from an overgrown wasteland into an informal and beautiful garden. With a rich variety of plants, for all you horticulturalists or those who simply relish a day out in the countryside, the Beth Chatto Gardens are a must.

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Colchester Arts Centre

Our passion to present new work bring great bands and comics to Colchester burns more brightly than ever. Our business is all about fresh ideas, new acts, new art forms and vibrant new ways of working

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University of Essex

Located a short distance from the Red Lion is Essex University.

You will learn in a modern, challenging and stimulating environment of world-class research and high-quality teaching by top academics who are leaders in their fields.

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Firstsite is a contemporary art gallery based in Colchester. Its aim is to make contemporary art relevant to everyone and hosts various exhibitions throughout the year.

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Essex Cricket Ground

Essex County Cricket Club was founded in 1876 and hosts games throughout the year. There is also the ‘Peter Edwards Museum and Library’ on site which displays the progress of Essex Cricket Club and hosts other special exhibitions during the year.

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