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Antique Dealers & Shops

Local antique dealers and shops, Art Restoration & Picture Cleaning, French Polishing, Furniture - Repairing & Restoring Picture & Picture Frame Renovating & Restoring, Upholsterers in CO1

Antiques Dealers and Stores

Elizabeth Cannon Antiques

85 Crouch St, Colchester CO3 3EZ, UK – 01206 575817

Elizabeth really knows here stuff, purchased a few items of jewellery from her for my wife (including engagement ring) and always get first class service. I would always check here before any other jeweller in town.

Always felt a little intimidated by antique shops but was made to feel very welcome by all the staff at Elizabeths shop.. I bought a champagne glass for my wife's birthday which they wrapped beautifully and handwrote a description of item.. I've been back for several more items and love the place many thanks

GfB, the Colchester Bookshop

7 Trinity St, Colchester CO1 1JN, UK – 01206 502218

Excellent book shop, FULL of great books covering almost all subjects.. Second use books in very good condition and very well priced.. Find books over THREE floors.. Steps up to each floor. It's an older style property in Colchester and almost opposite the Church.. Which is out of use now.. Really helpful and friendly.. Going in again soon.. In Trinity Street.. Opposite the Library on the very corner of Tymperlys... Really well worth a visit if you are after excellent in depth books.. Non fiction..

Found the book I was looking for even though it was rather 8 niche book

Deja Vu

Cowdray Centre, Cowdray Ave, Colchester CO1 1BP, UK

lovely place good and very friendly staff and prices are very cheap

Beauty Salons & Consultants

Local beauty salons, tanning studios, health treatments in CO1

Beauty Salons

Blowers Hair And Beauty

11 St John's St, Colchester CO2 7AN, UK – 01206 769295

Been getting my hair cut with Michael Hoines for years now and have never been unhappy with the result. It’s very hard with curly hair to find a great cutter and stylist but he does it every time! ☺️

Simply the best hair salon in Colchester. All the girls are extremely talented and nothing is too much trouble. I met the girls at a wedding fair 5 years ago and would never consider going to anyone else for my hair. My daughter loves coming here too and we will both be having our hair done at Blowers for many years to come. Great bunch of girls!

Moors Health & Beauty

27 Head St, Colchester CO1 1NH, UK – 01206 562001

Wow... today I had a massage, it was amazing! Very relaxing, I thoroughly enjoyed every minute and it certainly will not be my last. All staff are very welcoming and polite, I look forward to my next treatment x

Staff are always so nice here it’s definitely the best place in Colchester, treatments are always done to perfection and I always leave feel relaxed and totally pampered ❣️


122A High St, Colchester CO1 1SZ, UK – 01206 572835

Lovely and friendly

Bookshops and bookstores

Local bookshops for new books, rare and secondhand books in CO1



12-13 High St, Colchester CO1 1DA, UK – 01206 561307

My favorite bookshop. Staff are aways helpful and I really appreciate thier recommendations which means I enjoy reading excellent books that I possibly would not had looked at before

Very nice! I follow them in Facebook too

Red Lion Hotel

125 High St, Colchester CO1 1DJ, UK – 01206 578584

A brilliant destination for those looking for something special. Lovely staff who go out of their way to give you brilliant customer service. A personal, friendly and professional oasis far from the generic stores.

One of the friendliest independent book shops I've ever been into. The staff are knowledgeable and are able to answer almost any question that you may have (on books at least, I have never challenged them on orthopedic foot care). Beware though, you'll want to buy loads of books!


University of Essex, Colchester CO4 3SQ, UK – 01206 864773

Good bookstore with a wide variety of books; unfortunately though, the books are very pricey and often can be found online around three times cheaper...

Local car accessory suppliers in PL19. Find: Battery Suppliers, Bearings Stockists,Car Audio & Entertainment Systems, Car Breakers & Dismantlers, Engines, Generators, Motor Cycle Parts & Accessories, Motor Factors, Number Plates, Sunroofs & Vinyl Tops, Windscreen Services.

Car Accessories -

Wilco Motor Spares

115 Butt Rd, Colchester CO3 3DL, UK – 01206 764474

Always helpful and can get just about any part you need

Best car parts store in colchester great knowledgeable staff. Excellent.

Jayar Car Parts Colchester

Unit 13, Cowdray Centre, Mason Rd, Colchester CO1 1BX, UK – 01206 766999

Easy to get to. Good prices on parts. If they havent got what you want on the shelf, they can order in for you. Helpfull staff.

Helpful, knowledgeable, friendly. Quick advice!


5 Greenstead Rd, Colchester, Essex, CO1 2SJ Greenstead Rd, Colchester CO1 2SJ, UK – 01206 619590

Very good low price in town and fast delivery

Cheapest car parts in town and quality is as good as it gets staff will go the extra mile to hunt down the things you need. 👍🏼

Car Alarms and Security -

PVS Security Ltd

Hazleton Road, Colchester CO4 3DU, UK – 01206 975215

Great service and great products at a great price - Highly recommend

Engine mapping. Once again very professional service, easy to deal with. PVS gave me great advise for getting the best out of the work that was carried out on my vehicle - this is the second time I have used them and will continue to use them in the future Many Thanks

Car Audio Equipment

Bang & Olufsen of Colchester

61 High St, Colchester CO1 1DN, UK – 01206 763344

Really knowledgeable staff, and a great selection of top quality audio visual products in the shop. They really knew their stuff and the designs where really fantastic, as you would expect from Bang and Olufsen!


B, Cowdray Ave, Colchester CO1 1YN, UK – 01206 763725

We are on a big cycle tour and had to get a broken spoke fixed. It was Sunday afternoon and we were not too hopeful to get it done soon, but then we phoned here and were told they could fix it! And the super nice bike mechanic did a great repair job in less than twenty minutes! Thank you for the great service!

Bikes, and vehicle bits and bobs. Reliable store and been going forever. Website good too

Lookers Ford Colchester

61 Magdalen St, Colchester CO1 2JU, UK – 01206 914827

I've visited Lookers Colchester a few times over the last 6 months, and as I was looking for a used car no one ever seemed bothered to come and talk to me about what I wanted, in fact, not one person bothered to step foot off the forecourt, until this past Sunday. I would just like to thank Alban Alex at Lookers Colchester for actually stepping out of the showroom and coming to speak to me about what I wanted. 2 days later and I'm now driving around in my new car. I would definitely recommend speaking to Al (trust me you won't miss him he's the one with the funny accent ;) just kidding!)... anyway, he's helpful, listens and is clearly just happy to be with customers and isn't about "closing the deal". Awesome service, thanks again Al.

We were dealt with promptly but never felt the salesman was pushy or did we ever feel under any pressure. We were offered drinks on arrival. He was very polite and professional throughout the whole transaction with weekly updates via video messages. We really felt special when collecting our new car and having bought cars from the premium brands in the past we didn't feel there was any difference in service. In fact, in some areas Lookers Ford were better. The car arrived at the dealership when promised, the handover was smooth with the salesman being completely organised and very knowledgeable with the new car and all the regular paperwork. I would be completely comfortable recommending Lookers Ford Colchester to friends and family and will definitely go back there for our next new car. 5 stars, well done 👍🙂 thanks for reading.

Car Dealers

Calibre Car Sales

Rota House, Cowdray Ave, Colchester CO1 1YA, UK – 01206 796989

I purchased a 57 plate Peugeot 206 over 2 years ago as my daughter's 1st car .. after spending a fair bit on it on different things the clutch went. After explaining all we had spent previously we were delighted that Noel offered a solution to the clutch repair/renewal.... what a fantastic business and if Carlsberg did after sales service.... probably...... 5 STAR firm... 5 STAR owners.... highly highly highly recommend this superb business model. Thank you Noel and the team at Calibre Car Sales. Mick Tucker.. a very satisfied customer. 😁👏😁👏😁👏😁

Happy with the car myself and my husband recently bought. Prices are competitive, not the cheapest or the dearest so somewhere in the middle. Got a good discount on the screen price and a new MOT.

Abberton Car Sales

Layer Rd, Colchester CO2 7JP, UK – 01206 571578

Great company to do business with. I have bought most of my cars from ACS and have always found them genuine, helpful and caring. The after sales service is excellent and the cars are top quality.Highly recommended!

Always friendly, and over many years proven to be a genuine supplier of reliable second hand cars to me.

Lookers Volvo Colchester

Cowdray Ave, Colchester CO1 1XX, UK – 01206 980857

Got my new car from Lookers Volvo in Colchester. Andy Fern is a great salesman. Extremely polite and courteous at all times. He was very knowledgable about the car and got the best deal for me. Andy is a credit to Lookers and to the Volvo brand. Will definitely purchase from Andy again.

jeremy thanks for test drive xc60 today. other volvo dealers could learn from you. excellent touch the pre drive video intro. The test drive was very comprehensive and effort was given in the instruction of controls.No sales pressure applied. i would recommend this dealer very highly, full marks jeremy!!! T8 also mega impressive

Filling Stations


124 Bergholt Rd, Mile End, Colchester CO4 5AJ, UK – 01206 844466

Friendly staff , well stocked shop, cash machine & petrol. What more could you want from a garage.

Calories gas refill here


61 Magdalen St, Colchester CO1 2JU, UK – 01206 225353

Lovely people there, I hope that the BP doesn't close!!!

Staff are the friendliest people you will ever meet.


17 Mersea Rd, Colchester CO2 7EU, UK – 01206 575899


OK but not the cheapest

Fuel 24 Hour

Britannia Service Station Ltd

17 Mersea Rd, Colchester CO2 7EU, UK – 01206 575899

Splendid place with very friendly staff

Friendly staff and a well stocked shop


Ipswich Rd, Colchester CO4 0EU, UK – 01206 842727

The marks and Spencer products are very nice. Always have to buy something as you cannot beat the quality

OMG They have vegan bread. Mana from Heaven! Food and gasoline, a perfect combination between sweet and explosive tastes!


246 Shrub End Rd, Colchester CO3 4SA, UK – 01206 544540

Great quality petrol, local shop, good for a quick pint of milk and other necessities. Shop and disabled parking, cash machine, newspapers.

Convenient location. Well stocked shop

Motorcycle and Scooters

TK Cope Motorcycles

1 Grange Farm Rd, Colchester CO2 8JW, UK – 01206 868663

Have been going to Tk cope over the past several years off and on. Buying several bikes from them. Always been looked after with out exception. And never once feel like I've had a bad deal. To the point Im now waiting for my next new Yamaha to be delivered. Can't wait. If you have never been to see them you have been missing out on great customer service . And deals .

One of if not the best motorcycle shops around great customer service always

Hythe Hill Motorcycles

120 Hythe Hill, Colchester CO1 2NP, UK – 01206 870553

Hi, spoke to Norman by phone and asked all the usual questions about a bike in his showroom, his description was exactly as is, this is a very well run family business, they were very courteous to me and helped me in any way they could as I had travelled a long way to view this bike. They gave me a great deal and I bought the bike, I have no problem recommending Hythe Hill Motorcycles, I will definitely deal with them again, Many thanks, D Walsh,

Knowledgeable friendly staff more than willing to help even if it means sending customers to another business

Colchester Kawasaki Ltd

6 Commerce Way, Colchester CO2 8HH, UK – 01206 860006

First class friendly service. This really is the best experience I have had in buying a motorcycle. The staff are very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. You all show the way that motorcycle sales should be made with very helpful and friendly good advice. Special thanks to Dave Chaney, James Hogben and Emma Field for your professionalism and helpful manner. Brilliant! MD - These people must be worthy of a bonus!! Big thanks and kind regards, Si

Recently bought a new bike, my second from Colchester Kawasaki. Faultless service, highly recommend speaking with Dan Mear. He’s been friendly, helpful, and has really ‘gone the extra mile’. The dealership has lots of facilities, and any time I’ve popped in I’ve had a bite to eat, looked at some jackets, just wandered about. It’s a great place to go, and if you’re looking at buying a new bike it’s definitely somewhere to check. Thanks guys!

Charity Shops

Local charity shops in CO1 - fundraising shops, thrift shops, secondhand goods sellers for local and national and international charities. Related headings: Charities & Voluntary Organisations, Secondhand Shops

Charity Shops


33 St John's St, Colchester CO2 7AD, UK – 01206 571432

This is one of Colchester's better charity shops - and fits the quality level found in almost every Oxfam store across the country. They sell a mixture of the following - clothes (mens, womens), books (fiction, nonfiction, children's), CD's (albums, compilations, singles and the odd boxset), vinyl records (pop, rock and classical), audio cassettes, DVD movies, video games (most systems), children's toys and a selection of new items including greeting cards. Out of this selection I am mostly interested in the music and video games, of which the range is average. On the CD's side I have found in the past some great deals including titles such as DJ Shadow's Endtroducing..... and The Wallflowers Bringing Down the Horse. Regarding vinyls again, a good selection and usually better titles than found in other charity shops in Colchester including titles from big 80s bands. Video games wise again a good selection, but its not very big and sometimes you can go in and they haven't got much of a range - usually see PC and Playstation games more than anything else. Pricing in this shop is a little higher than some of the other shops, as it always is with Oxfam stores. Rarely is there a static price covering items, meaning that one CD might cost 50p/£1 more than another. With that in mind the audio CD's are usually priced between 50p for singles up to £2 for double disc compilations. Vinyls are priced anywhere from £1.50 for cheap budget LP's to £6 for high quality albums from popular groups - however most are usually sold for around £3-4. Video games are priced between 50p for Playstation (one) games, and either £1 or £1.50 for PS2/Xbox/PC games. DVD's follow the same pricing strategy as the video games with prices usually being around £1.50. Audio cassettes seem to now be at a static price of about 50p per cassette - however doubles/triples might be more. Quality of the items is usually extremely high for a charity shop, I know that Oxfam employ a high degree of quality control with their donations and check sensitive media such as CD's, DVD's or Vinyls for visual defects. Most of the time you can always pop the disc to check yourself, but take my word for it - there is never a need to. Never have any of my purchases failed to play properly. From what I know from other friends who visit the store regularly, this level of quality is apparent with the other product lines. The staff who work there are usually mainstays, and so faces soon become familiar. On a Saturday they will open up two checkouts on either side of the store, which allows you to be served quickly. Staff are always happy to serve you and help, and even give their opinion on various items. The store seems to attract nice people, and isn't cursed by the horrible "musty, old people" smell that so many charity shops fall victim too. It also is usually very tidy, which makes it easy to find things. However I am less likely to "dig" through things, and thus spend less time in the store. The store also stands out in the fact that it accepts debit and credit cards for almost all purchases. However as always when it comes to charity shops it helps to pay using cash.

Sehr gute Angebote und gleichzeitig hat man auch noch ein gutes Gefühl, weil alles zu 100% gespendet wird

Sue Ryder Care

18 Short Wyre St, Colchester CO1 1LN, UK – 01206 543377

Very cheap good quality items. Cheaper than all charity shops in colchester.

PDSA Charity Shop

38 Long Wyre St, Colchester CO1 1LJ, UK – 01206 364669

Cheap, good range, nice staff

Friendly helpful staff. Great prices.

Chemists, Dispensing Chemists, Pharmacies and drug stores

Chemists stores, some with pharmacy facilities, in CO1. Related headings include Drug Stores, Photographic Processors, Wine Making & Home Brewing Equipment & supplies

Dispensing Chemists

Day Lewis Pharmacy

7 Priory Walk, Colchester CO1 1LG, UK – 01206 562214

They look after my mother there never wait very long

Simon is a good man

Day Lewis Pharmacy

338 Harwich Rd, Colchester CO4 3HP, UK – 01206 861380

Friendly ,helpful, moved to them from St johns! Far far better... phone works for a start lol

Nice and experienced staff!!!

Day Lewis Pharmacy

77 Crouch St, Colchester CO3 3EZ, UK – 01206 541203

They day I visited they had problems with the till and their rubbish IT support people.

Children's Clothes


Unit D-E Sheepen Retail Park, Sheepen Rd, Colchester CO3 3GT, UK – 0333 004 4444

It's a Matalan. The store hasn't changed wildly over the 10+ years I have been going. The staff are pleasant enough and there always seems to be a decent amount of them around. The items are usually pretty good and fairly priced.

Great prices and choices. Something for everyone. While there is always quite a queue it moves quickly. Staff are very pleasant and helpful. Parking is not usually a problem but disabled parking is a problem as frequently used by the able bodied and does not appear to be policed. Inside the store some parts are not accessible for the wheelchair user. Similarly some racks are too high leaving you to rely on other shoppers.

JoJo Maman Bébé

36 Sir Isaac's Walk, Colchester CO1 1JJ, UK – 01206 763037

I've been a few times and I'm always impressed. Lovely products, but, mainly, great staff. They're always very helpful, willing to take everything down and help with useful advice and suggestions. They helped me attach different parent consoles on my daughter's stroller to see what suited me, several reins on my daughter, and, more importantly, did not even flinch when my daughter pulled down one of the shelves in an attempt to reach a bag and embarrass me! On the contrary, they were very sweet. I appreciated that greatly. Yes, it is pricier than online shops (obviously), but you get service.

Lovely products and very friendly customer service


19-20 High St, Colchester CO1 1DB, UK – 0333 005 5828

Love this shop but its not wheelchair friendly there is not enough room to manoeuvre round displays.

Great clothing and accessories shop for all ages, great choice, pricing reasonable, staff professional and friendly

Mens Clothes

Turners For Men

71 Crouch St, West, Colchester CO3 3EY, UK – 01206 562699

Very nice store with very polite staff il definitely go there again


20 Culver Walk Lion Walk Shopping Centre, Colchester CO1 1XJ, UK – 01206 577567

Cheap and well fitted suits. Not for fat people.

Go there frequently, nice staff, excellent clothes

Metro Menswear

36 Eld Ln, Colchester CO1 1LS, UK – 01206 576224

A nice change from the men's clothing chain stores. Always find something a bit different.

Topshop good quality always come out of there with a bag full of clothes 👍

Womens Clothes


20 Culver Walk, Colchester CO1 1XJ, UK – 01206 577567

Nice clothes for all ages

Good service


34 Culver St W, Colchester CO1 1JG, UK – 01206 812547

decent quality

Number 27

27 Crouch St, Colchester CO3 3EN, UK – 01206 369920

I had excellent help from staff here today, and was made to feel special. Even bought a dress that was very unusual in it’s design - which I’ll look forward to wearing on Christmas Day. Thank you so much 😊

Fabulous shop, amazing stock, exceptional helpful staff I would highly recommend

Computers Maintenance & Support

Computers, Computer Maintenance & Support companies for help with computer problems in CO1. See also: Computer Leasing & Rental , Computer Support & Services, Computer Systems & Software.

Computer Consultants

Pegasus IT Ltd

16 Moorside Business Park, Moorside, Colchester CO1 2ZF, UK – 01206 795493

A life saver As an insurance claims analysts I deal with large and complex excel sheets often impossible to work with. My daily working hours are mostly spent trying to adjust these reports and make them usable for my company purposes. I was given access to some standard training within our business but that proved to be unsuitable for what I needed. Recently I was asked to contact Karen who has been dealing with these types of tasks for many years. I only had one session and it proved to be life changing. During our session Karen was quickly able to understand my problem and put together a bespoke training program she personally delivered. It was excellent. I am now able to modify the excel sheets to match the company requirements with the click of a button and I can now create my own complex macros to generate claims analysis report in a matter of minutes. My managers recognised a huge improvement in my performance! The only downside is that this has freed up so much of my time that my workload has considerably increased. Thank you Karen this was truly a lifesaving training session

Went in with noisy fan, not really solvable but wouldn’t hesitate going back with intel product...Tom was excellent & helpfull

Bishop Consultancy UK Ltd.

Weston Businees Center - The Colchester Centre, Hawkins Rd, Colchester CO2 8JX, UK – 01206 625652

Digital Forensics Consultancy Ltd

Colchester Business Centre, 1 George Williams Way, Colchester CO1 2JS, UK – 0330 133 0203

Computer Consumables

Advanced Inkjets

10 Eld Ln, Colchester CO1 1LS, UK – 01206 766746

Nice friendly service at a fraction of the price of the big ink suppliers. Used for years and never had a problem.

I highly recommend this shop for all your ink cartridge and IT accessories need. Very competitively priced ink cartridges and MUCH CHEAPER than Argos!!! You get excellent customer service.

Computer Systems

UK Gaming Computers

Unit 1A, Challenge Way, Colchester CO1 2LY, UK – 0845 004 9828

Would highly recommend this website to anyone wanting to by or upgrade a pc because for my whole experience they have been really helpful and worked hard to get my system to me on time and achieve a overclock of 5.0ghz on my i5 7600k which they did do. The good thing about This company compared to others is that they actually want the system to perform the best it can. So when they done the first overclock they achieved an overclock of 4.7ghz so instead of just leaving it there the engineer who I worked on my system decided that wasn’t good enough and put a whole new i5 in and achieved an overclock of 5.0ghz which is rare to achieve. Thanks again for my beast of a PC from the guys over at UK Gaming PC

the whole experience UKGAMING was very good start to end. Just remember to to go through the warrenty instructions. Happy gaming.

University of Essex Colchester Campus

Wivenhoe Park, Colchester CO4 3SQ, UK – 01206 873333

Essex university is one of the largest in the country with approx 15000 British and international students. Plenty of visitor parking charges apply Monday to Friday 9am till 6pm excluding bank holidays. Payment via the web. Large grounds to walk around. Gym is open to the public

I just absolutely love this place. The most welcoming atmosphere. It's my second home. Also, Campus Cat is awesome!

EFI Prism & QTMS

Midland House, 26 N Station Rd, Colchester CO1 1RB, UK – 01246 298000

Computers Maintenance

Cymax Computers and Communications Ltd.

Unit 16 Business Park Moorside, Moorside, Colchester CO1 2ZF, UK – 01206 795493

Cymax is a really great place to work and shop. As both an employee and customer of Cymax, I can honestly say that their effort and dedication to customer satisfaction is excellent. The whole team are friendly, helpful and professional. I personally recommend my own friends and family to Cymax as I know they will get quality products and customer service that cares. Absolutely fantastic.

Just wanted to say my review. Ive been going to these guys since the previous shop they had and there absolutely excellent. They dont con you out of money. and are always honist. i went with a bad hdd full of problems and i thought it needed replacing but it didnt and they didnt try to con me. there really decent guys.


103 Kensington Rd, Colchester CO2 7FF, UK – 01206 634463

I can't say enough about Ross-IT. I had already brought my laptop to a big chain and they were saying it would take over two weeks to fix and be expensive and even then they might not be able to fix it. Ross fixed it within 24 hours. He was professional and the customer service was exemplary. I was worried about losing my computer and I rely on it for my work so Ross saved me from literally weeks of lost work and dissatisfied customers. He explained everything to me but he didn't treat my like I was stupid. Ross-IT is everything you would want in an IT company. His rates were reasonable he did what he said and he delivered extremely fast. I would trust him with my computer anytime. I highly, HIGHLY recommend him and I am so very grateful. Kind Regards, Daniela

Delivered my computer to Ross with an issue with my computer camera. He gave it back to me with a rapid turnaround and the problem fixed. Deffo reccoment

The Office Workshop

1-2 High St, Colchester CO1 1DA, UK – 01206 500550

Gift Shops around Colchester

Local gift, souvenir and craft shops in CO1. Related Headings also shown are Clocks & Watches - Sales & Repair, Designers - Jewellery, Fashion Accessories, Goldsmiths & Silversmiths
Local craft shops and centres, sewing shops and supplies, knitting, patchwork and needlecraft supplies in CO1. Also click here for Related Headings with Clothing & Fabrics - Knitwear & Textiles and Potteries

Gift Shops

Clinton Cards PLC

13-14 Culver St W, Colchester CO1 1XJ, UK – 01206 573895

Great shop with big selection of cards and little gifts to pick from. Friendly staff, pleased every time I go there.

Nice place to shop for cards and small gifts.

Enchanted Giftware

6 Museum St, Colchester CO1 1TN, UK – 07789 580723

Lovely wellcoming helpful staff. Bought a few things and very pleased with my carnelian ring. Many thanks xxx

Great shop, decent prices and lovely customer service, if you're looking for something special this is where you'll find it.


26 Trinity St, Colchester CO1 1JN, UK – 01206 547097

Very friendly and helpful, found the perfect gift, including card and wrapping paper.

You cannot leave without purchasing one of the beautiful bears

Crafts Shops

The Works

8 Long Wyre St, Colchester CO1 1LH, UK – 01206 576580

It has a variety of crafty things and all sorts of books at reasonable prices.

A cool place to shop.Lots of crafts stuff.kids games, puzzles,books ..good prices.

The Craft Spot (formerly MillerStationery)

10 St Botolph's St, Colchester CO2 7DU, UK – 01206 766422

Excellent Independent Stationer's Store,, a real treasure trove.

Tindalls Art & Graphics

25 Trinity St, Colchester CO1 1JN, UK – 0330 223 3390

A wide range of different artists materials, primarily aimed at traditional work. The prices are reasonable and they are very helpful and knowledgeable about their products (and will order anything they don’t have in stock). The stock would not be suitable for some more modern methods, ink nib pens available but not so many refillable ink pens, for example.

Simply, my favourite art shop. Could happily spend all day browsing. Extraordinary range of quality art materials, plus exciting live art demonstrations by local artists and workshops for all abilities.

Cycle Sales & Repairs

Local bicycle shops which sell and repair mountain bikes, adults, children's, road and racing cycles - with all their contact details in CO1. Click to also see: Cycles - Renting & Leasing, Bicycle Accessories Mnfrs & Wholesalers

Cycle Shops

Cycle King Colchester

46A East St, Colchester CO1 2TG, UK – 01206 867756

Not the greatest of experiences, going somewhere else now. Like said before by other reviewers: the staff didn't really know their stuff, wanted to charge you extra for things that should be included in a service that is advertised on their website - prices was also different to what is on their website. Also one REALLY annoying thing is that you can't book in your bike. You drop it off and they get to it when they get to it, so it will just end up standing in their shop till its next on the list. If you are dependent on your bike to get around (like a student) or you have a big event coming up, this is definitely not the place to go. If you have an entry level bike and it just needs some TLC for the good weather and you don't care too much when you get it back and wouldn't mind being told a different price to whats on the website, this place isn't so bad. PS: Still better that Halfords

Was really pleased with service at first, a spoke on my wheel snapped so phoned up and they seemed really helpful and suggested I came down so I did. They agreed to put a new spoke in and straighten the wheel for 14.99 which seemed reasonable and as they could it there and then (come back collect in a couple of hours) which I was happy with. I collected the wheel and they had done a really good I thought! I asked the guy to check all the spokes and he said he had anyways I was excited to get back on the bike so I put the wheel in and went on a ride well 5miles later another spoke has broken. I decieded to google it and all the web forums said it is domino effect and once goes they all go unless the wheel is rebuilt or all the spokes are loosened and started again! Anyways I'm not an expert but I just feel I've wasted £14.99 and im in the same position I was in earlier on today!!

Colchester Cycle Stores

50 St John's St, Colchester CO2 7AD, UK – 01206 563890

Great place run by knowledgeable enthusiasts. Brian got me back on the road with an emergency brake repair, whilst on tour from London. The shop is brilliant. An Aladdin's cave of vintage, good value budget (Orbea) and high specced machines. I wish there were more places like this still around. Recommended.

I have a love-hate relationship with this place. Brian Lewes, the owner, is a genuine and knowledgeable man and I would recommend this place based on that. Sadly, there is a certain level of disorganisation here. Staff often fail to communicate with one another, and it seems that work carried out here can vary in quality, as if some of the mechanics are good, and some do not really know their stuff, or staff tell you they don't have something in stock when they do. I would consider buying a new bike here myself, and do send friends here, but only because I then check it over after purchase (and sometimes put things right). One of the good things about this place is that the shop is a proper shop with stock you can LOOK at, rather than everything needing to be ordered in (which, given the efficiency of the ordering-in process is just as well). One of the two bike shops I use in Colchester. There seems to be a very fair first-come-first-served approach to customers which can be a nuisance when you just want to buy an inner tube and the customer in front is discussing a three-speed hub repair for ten minutes, but at least it shows they have time for people. As I said, it's all love-hate.

Globe G Sports

56 Military Rd, Colchester CO1 2AN, UK – 01206 502502

Great service, REALLY helpful. Respected my budget & didn't try to push for extras

Thank you for your help with purchasing a bike! Can’t wait to get out and enjoy riding it!

Local DIY superstores and smaller Do It Yourself shops, decorating suppliers and ironmongers selling home improvement materials such as building supplies, paint, electrical and plumbing goods, etc. in CO1.



Lightship Way, Colchester CO2 8FR, UK – 01206 790098

Nice relaxed store, but i can never find what im looking for without having to ask someone and when you do get there its out of stock. And trolleys don't get me on trolleys what are those awkward bloody things they got there i don't want 4x8 plaster board. why can't they have some large shopping trolleys? I've only got 2 arms i nicked a basket from the supermarket comes in well handy when you have a load of small bits to get. B+Q sort out your trolleys. Thx

Big b&q. Can find most things here but the size can work against you at times. Still prefer sister company Screwfix however. Staff are pleasant enough but are usually busy doing things.


Clarendon Way, Colchester CO1 1XF, UK – 01206 763563

Friendly and had in stock what I was after

I went in looking for a kitchen for a flat that we were doing up to rent out. The team were very helpful taking me through all the options available to find the right product for me. I left the store feeling like I had everything I needed and that if I had any questions about the products they would always be there to help me. I would recommend these guys if you are looking for value for money and service with a smile.

Robert Dyas Colchester

45-47 High St, Colchester CO1 1DH, UK – 01206 764797

Clean and tidy, friendly staff, lots of interesting home items throughout. Prices are about average and products are of good quality.

DIY Equipment hire shops & Hire Centres - power tools for hire in CO1

Hire Shops

GAP Plant & Tool Hire - Colchester

12 Grange Way, Whitehill Industrial Estate, Colchester CO2 8HF, UK – 01206 866222

Great staff good kit great service and best sales rep

Spot on service. Lads are very helpful


Unit 6 Heath Business Park, Grange Way Whitehall Industrial Estate, Colchester CO2 8GU, UK – 01206 793155

I work for this company there good at what they do and supply

Healey Tool Hire & Sales

Unit 9, Conder Way Industrial Estate, Conder Way, Colchester CO2 8JN, UK – 01206 793400

Staff always friendly and have a wide range of specislist tools for hire. Prompt delivery. Highly recommend.

First class service from a very dependable company. I've used them for more than 20 years- never any issues and they'll always go the extra mile.

Electrical Shops and services around Colchester

Local electrical shops selling home appliances and white goods such as fridges, cookers, TVs etc. and services in CO1. You can also find registered members of ELECSA, N.A.P.I.T., NICEIC (National Inspection Council For Electrical Installation Contracting)

Electrical Shops

Colchester Electrical Ltd

44-45 East St, Colchester CO1 2TG, UK – 01206 869886

Very helpful and definitely had what I needed!

My package got rerouted to here. Even though I wasn't a customer, the staff was really great!!!

Appliance Store Colchester

6 Barrack St, Colchester CO1 2LJ, UK – 01206 793783

bought my cooker from here, bargain stainless steel, fantastic service, very happy.

British Heart Foundation Furniture & Electrical

108-109 High St, Colchester CO1 1TB, UK – 01206 932383

Good selection of used furniture which is cycled regularly. Polite and efficient staff and reasonable delivery charges for large and bulky items.

Excellent furniture and staff

Florists and Flower Shops

Local flower shops and florists selling plants and bouquets and floristry services, some offer delivery in CO1. Search above also for Garden Centres & Nurseries, Wedding Supplies & Services, Bridal Shops, Flowers & Shrubs - Artificial, Funeral Directors


Ralph & Rita Martin Florists

39, 41 Layer Rd, Colchester CO2 7JW, UK – 01206 548320

I ordered flowers at 23:45 and they were delivered by 13:00 the next day. excellent service,delivery charge in line with any other competitor.The service is much better than anyone else I have used before. beautiful fresh flowers as well,recipient very happy with the quality of the flowers as well. I won't use anyone else

Only started using this florist earlier this year and will continue to do so as they are very reliable and extremely helpful and have such a huge range of flowers for all occasions.

Nicholas Stephen Flowers

Haven Rd, Colchester CO2 8HT, UK – 01206 574070

Excellent service. Fast and amazing service

I have used Nicholas Stephen Flowers since they opened and have always been satisfied with the service and the floral arrangements that I have bought for a number of different occasions.

Starlight Florists & Tea Room

Colchester Cemetery and Crematorium, Mersea Rd, Colchester CO2 8RU, UK – 01206 560060

A calm and peaceful place, in beautiful surroundings. Light refreshments provided by lovely people.

Find local food producers in CO1, or anywhere in UK, type in a postcode and a location map will appear with symbols depicting food type, producers name, address and details

Delicatessens, Specialist Food, Kosher, Halal, Chinese and Italian produce

H. Gunton

81-83, Crouch St, Colchester CO3 3EZ, UK – 01206 572200

Came across Guntons while searching for some chocolates. Placed an order and was emailed very quickly to say there was an issue and giving me the option to cancel. Decided to stick with the order to which they kindly added another box. Would definitely order again.

Just one of those precious, special places where you can spend hours looking and buying. Great shop, fantastic stuff, and a place you wouldn't want to miss even if it was just during your daily walk. Nice coffee and sandwiches.

Farmers and W.I. Markets in CO1 or to find markets elsewhere in UK, click on map to find locations and times.
The Natural Health Shop

27 Sir Isaac's Walk, Colchester CO1 1JJ, UK – 01206 542844

Lovely shop with pleasant staff always willing to help. It's a bit crowded so hard to navigate with a pram but the staff are very helpful.

Well-stocked little shop run by informed, helpful folk.

Holland & Barrett

18 Long Wyre St, Colchester CO1 1LJ, UK – 01206 760441

Good shop, ensoulment of items, & prices.

Always interesting health products

Matrix Fitness Store

Headgate Buildings, Sir Isaacs Walk, Colchester CO1 1JJ, UK – 01206 767058

The advice you get is of best quality, and very sound, from someone who knows what they are talking about; ever since I changed my former protein supplier to Matrix my training has improved, and I will guarantee so will yours. Because the products are the best of the range, although you might be able to purchase cheaper products elsewhere I wouldn't recommend doing so: cost per use the products you buy at Matrix are better value, and are better for your body too. If you take your training seriously, stick to Matrix!

Excellent service, all ways happy to help out and go into a in depth description of products and a all round great store! would recommend

Country Markets is great website to find markets and fairs around Colchester where you can buy local produce from local producers. Site also has presents, a membership and other foodie information.
Official NAFM site with details of local markets around Colchester. Type in Essex or any UK county to find farmers markets anywhere in the country.
Local organic food sellers in CO1 - farmers markets and farm shops, delicatessens, supermarkets, greengrocers, fruit shops, health food shops, Pick Your Own farms.
Find a Pick Your Own fruit and vegetable farm near Colchester for seasonal local produce such as strawberries, raspberries, beans, peas, sweetcorn, etc.
Furniture and Interior Design Stores in CO1
Find a garden centre or nursery in CO1 - many now sell garden furniture, aquarium and pond supplies, florists supplies, gifts and books and have a cafe or restaurant as well as plants and tools.

Garden Centres

Tiptree Trading Reclamation

Hawkins Rd, Colchester CO2 8JX, UK – 01621 819000

DIY, Garden and Home Improvement tools and equipment hire in CO1.
Jewellery shops around Colchester

Also click for related headings - Clocks & Watches, Designers - Jewellery, Ear Piercing Services, Fashion Accessories, Goldsmiths & Silversmiths

Local jewellers and watch repairers

Ernest Jones

1 Shewell Walk, Colchester CO1 1WG, UK – 01206 710595

Brought an engagement ring and one person in particular stood out for me her name was Caroline she was abosoultly brilliant, she made is very easy for me and helped me with decisions.

Tracy in store was an absolute delight to deal with, i have asked for something which shows out of stock and she has gone well out of her way to help me and to get a positive resolution. Cannot recommend enough, she has made me and my partner very happy. Best customer service i have received in a very long time.

PANDORA Colchester

13 Culver St W, Colchester CO1 1WF, UK – 01206 573700

Hi Michelle and a few minutes to get a mobile tec into a large amount is a great deal with this one of our own and a bit better now available for the

Very friendly stuff , my wife love this shop , me bit less after last paying receipt ;)

H. Samuel

1 Trinity Square, Colchester CO1 1JR, UK – 01206 761997

Lovely store. Very friendly and attentive staff. Beware buying diamond jewellery from here as not all is certified, and they cannot always confirm the source.

i bought engagement ring and marriage rings. they r brilliant like japanese flag shoppers r kind and amiable i hope people buy jewelry in the shop rather than any shops

Shops selling musical instruments, accessories, sheet music and music of all kinds in CO1.
Musical instruments, musical accessories, instrument repair and tuning services in CO1
Outdoor Pursuits and activity supplies, camping and caravan supply shops in CO1. Shop for hiking equipment, ski-ing, kayaking, tents, rucksacks, etc.

Outdoor and Camping

GO Outdoors

Turner Rise Retail Park, Colchester, Mile End, Colchester CO4 5TU, UK – 0344 387 6836

Very pleasant staff. Great decor and lots of tables. Dogs welcome in the bar ?(where you can also eat if you choose). Food was pleasant and well executed.

Brilliant! They have tents, skiing clothing, canoes, a climbing wall, bikes, mountaineering socks, running gear. Everything for the outdoors!

Mountain Warehouse

33 High St, Colchester CO1 1DH, UK – 01206 545323

Very polite and friendly staff. Helped me with my questions regarding rain gear! Great deals in there as well as most outdoors stores are on the pricey-er end but mountain warehouse always has good prices.

If you are an out doors person this shop is for you from tents to clothing for all weathers bikes and even saw a canoe by the time you have walked round you want to kit up and walk everest lol


17-18 High St, Colchester CO1 1DB, UK – 01206 574615

Long narrow shop with entrances from & rear. Very good range of stock, from clothes & boots to rucksacks, mozzie nets, camping accessories etc. Helpful staff and reasonable prices.

Nice staff, good selection of outdoor stuff from walking boots to waterproof clothing and bags. Price can be expensive, but the stuff lasts longer

Pet Supplies

Colchester Pet Stores

7 Short Wyre St, Colchester CO1 1LN, UK – 01206 574100

A very helpful gentleman, who runs this pet shop. Was very helpful, about making that I am looking after my Goldfish, properly

One of the oldest pets shop in the town, past on from father to son.

Pets at Home Colchester

Colne View Retail Park, Cowdray Avenue, Colchester CO1 1YN, UK – 0345 600 9295

Helpful staff. Reasonable prices for the most part if you like convenience. When buying a pet, personal experience was positive as the member of staff took as much time as was needed to talk us through the welfare of the animal and what was required from us to ensure we cared for it properly. Only minor gripe would be with the in-store vets as there was some confusion around what we were entitled to a customers having recently purchased from the store vs. being actual customers of the vets, too.

Good shop. I get my dog food, frozen and pedigree chum for my "mcdonalds" dog. And my snake food. They never run out of either. The only downfall is there's always a long queue and not enough people on the till.

Jollyes - The Pet Superstore Colchester

Turners Rise Retail Park, Petrolea Cl, Mile End, Colchester CO4 5TU, UK – 01206 710296

Cued for 2 hrs to see the vet! Extremely busy and a hot experience for all the animals. I only saw 2 members of staff the whole time I stood and waited! You have to line up down one side to register your pet, then join another long line of parents, children, prams, pups, kittens etc to see the vet (Mondays and Wednesday only) The wait was stupidly long, however the vet was through and informative he made the waiting palatable I guess. I actually didn't look around the shop (& I was prepared to buy bits for the pup) simply as I'd had enough waiting to see the vet I just wanted to get out of there. Plus pup (as he couldn't go on the floor) was getting so hot! I came up from Clacton-on-Sea (as the breeder had pups 1st jab there) if I'm back up that way, I'd gladly go in for a mooch. However, was it cost effective??? Hmm not sure! :-/ Staff were polite and did their job.

Really good service. A really good place to take your pet for vaccinations. Ask for vet visiting days.

Pet shops and pet supplies including aquarium and pond supplies in CO1. Many Garden Centres now sell pet supplies such as dog beds etc. and farmers stores sell horse and poultry feed and supplies.
School outfitters and suppliers of uniforms for local schools in CO1

Local shoe repairers and menders in CO1. Cobbler shops often do key-cutting and sign engraving as well as shoe repairs.
Local shoes and boots shops for women, men and children in CO1. Rubber boots can often be bought at local farmers stores and walking boots, shoes or sandals from an outdoor pursuits shop.
Local sports equipment and clothing shops in CO1

Useful related headings displayed include Golf Equipment & Supplies, Skiing Equipment, Sportsground & Gymnasium Equipment, Waterproof Clothing

Sports Equipment and Cycling Shops

Sports Direct

5/5A And 7/9, Head St, Colchester CO1 1NX, UK – 0344 332 5357

Good range but not always the cheapest

Most of the time I use online, but even here you can get good deals

DW Sports Stores

A, Sheepen Rd, Colchester CO3 3GT, UK – 01206 579346

The reason I returned here, because there is always a member of staff available to help and serve. The team are very patient and give you plenty of time to choose what you want. My kids love the shop too. Thank you.

JD Sports

Unit 11 30 Culvar Street West Culver Square, Colchester CO1 1WF, UK – 01206 368055

An amazing shop great prices & friendly staff would 100% recommend

Love shopping here & great service & lovely staff

Local stationery suppliers - office, school and home stationery in CO1 Also displayed are Card & Poster Shops, Envelopes, Maps, Charts & Globes Office Stationery Supplies, Rubber Stamps

Office Stationery Suppliers for Essex


8, Culver Square, 6 Sherwell Walk, Colchester CO1 1WF, UK – 01206 765810

Great staff and good quality products


Mile End, Colchester CO1 1XD, UK – 01206 765755

Staff amazing always willing to help

Good store, friendly staff but hideously over priced. The cigarette prices go up weekly!

Smiggle Colchester

Unit 9 Culver St W, Colchester CO1 1JQ, UK – 01206 545625

Very expensive stuff ££££ but kids loved loved the products. Had to buy a few 😥

Kids love it £££££

Click for local TV and Radio sales and repair shops, DVD machines etc. in CO1

Our useful Related Headings displayed - Cable TV Services, Dvd Suppliers, Electrical Goods - Sales, Hi-Fi Centres, Satellite & Digital Television - Equipment & Services

TV and Electrical Equipment


50 High St, Colchester CO1 1DH, UK – 01206 762008

Very bizzy, no time for customers. Good products.

Best place get thing then is you ather nice people talk to and have good chat

Andrews Television Ltd

20 Short Wyre St, Colchester CO1 1LB, UK – 01206 767600

First class, friendly and fast service. I've used these guys for years & won't use anyone else.

I had Paul come out and install the sky dish, hang a large TV and full Sonos system in the house. He also hid wires for the surround sound system to the television in the wall. I cannot rate these guys high enough. Friendly, quick turnaround, good time keeping and extremely clean and tidy. With holes being drilled in my newly built house I was getting worried but Paul left my walls good as new having filled them and left them ready for me to touch up with a dab of paint. I was particularly pleased with the sky dish installation as they ran the wire straight into my loft and activated my cable sockets rather than running wires down the outside of my house like sky would have done.


350 Harwich Rd, Colchester CO4 3HP, UK – 01206 871151

Knowledgeable honest staff. They had everything we wanted at internet prices and stored our items until we were ready (complete kitchen refit). Delivery was super flexible and easy to arrange. Customer service was outstanding when there was an issue with one of the items which was damaged. Thanks to Bryan and Jake!

Great customer service and excellent prices!

Find local wedding services in CO1 or Essex. Also mail order suppliers. Venues, churches, register offices, clothes, shoes, tableware, flowers, entertainment, cars - the lot!. Go to Related headings for local:

Banqueting Rooms
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Wedding Services

The CAKE Story

4 Priory Walk, Colchester CO1 1LG, UK – 01206 564149

We have used the Cake Story for all the cakes of our birthdays parties for the last few years. This included the amazing 21st birthday cake for our daughter which Cake Story use as a design on their website. There is a wide selection of designs on their website which can be personalized to your wishes. The prices are very reasonable for the quality of the product. The cakes have a very light sponge with tasty fillings. We always order fresh buttercream topping . The cakes always taste fresh and not too sickly sweet like supermarket ones. Service is always polite and friendly. The best thing about Cake Story is that they can make a beautiful fresh cake with little notice. We have ordered a cake with just 3 days notice and that wasn't a problem for them. The Cake Story is a hidden gem in Colchester. We thoroughly recommend them.

Excellant, delicious cakes. I have ordered several big bday cakes from cake storey over the last 2 years. Never been disappointed. Always made as described. Taste amazing. Butter cream great choice. I always show them pictures of cake ideas face to face so no confusion and they always get it spot on. Very helpful staff. Great prices too. Highly recommended.

Anthony Formal Wear

13 St John's St, Colchester CO2 7AN, UK – 01206 571171

These guys go the extra mile - even delivered hire suit to assist as urgently required for next day. Can't recommend them enough - excellent customer service.

Knowledgeable staff, always happy to help.

Heart2heart balloons ltd

7 The Square, Colchester CO2 9EB, UK – 01206 619496

Absolutely brilliant! Ordered balloons for my dad's 70th birthday party. The roads were closed in the area they needed to be delivered too, but although it took over an hour and a half they still got to us and in plenty of time before the party started. The balloons were of high quality and beautifully arranged. Would highly recommend Heart to Heart balloons. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

They were absolutely brilliant! I forgot to bring my nieces birthday balloon to her party, feeling awful I phoned them up to get another one made asap. It was ready for me to collect within 10 minutes and it was decorated with ribbon beautifully. Although they did not have a shimmer and shine balloon available the staff were very helpful over the phone informing me on what balloons they had in Stock. Overall, very impressed!

Local Off Licences, Drink Suppliers and Wine Merchants in CO1. Many will allow you to hire glasses free of charge if you buy your drinks from them.

Wine and Spirits wholesalers

Majestic Wine Colchester

115 N Station Rd, Colchester CO1 1SB, UK – 01206 763930

Good for wine. Limited selection of craft beer. On the expensive side.

Great service and knowledge of drinks which they sell. Prices are very good. Shall be back again.

Booker Wholesale

193 Gosbecks Rd, Colchester CO2 9JT, UK – 01206 549054

Excellent wholesale suppliers. Large range of products. Friendly, helpful staff. Fresh fruit and veg are available as well as frozen, chilled and preserved. A good variety / quality of meat both chilled and frozen. Their fresh chicken breasts are particularly good. Massive range of alcoholic drinks including beer, wine and spirits. The confectionary range has just about everything. I haven't been into the tobacco products area but it looks well stocked. Excellent wholesaler for both restauranteur and retailer

Fintry Wines

14 Ypres Rd, Colchester CO2 7UW, UK – 01206 366599

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