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On since 2020

Last update: January 2024

Holiday Inn Colchester is a hotel wedding venue located in the historic town of Colchester, Essex, in southeast England. Here, couples and their guests can enjoy flexible event spaces, dedicated wedding assistance, and ample amenities to complete their special day. From intimate elopements to grand celebrations, the Holiday Inn team aims to exceed expectations with their superior service.

Facilities and Capacity

Holiday Inn Colchester offers an array of event spaces suitable for all kinds of wedding festivities. This venue is licensed to host civil ceremonies on-site, giving you the opportunity to set your entire day here. The Castle Abbeygate Suite serves as an ideal location for a heartfelt wedding ceremony. Suitable for 50 seated guests, this space benefits from an abundance of natural light which can illuminate ceremonies held within. Afterwards, your guests can enjoy a delightful drinks reception on The Green while you and your beloved take advantage of the various wedding photography spots.


Couples choosing to host their special day at Holiday Inn Colchester can utilize the hotel’s block room rate for their wedding attendees. This venue offers 110 comfortable guest rooms to facilitate a restful overnight stay. Guests can also enjoy the on-site fitness centre, which includes a jacuzzi, pool, and sauna.

Services Offered

Holiday Inn Colchester offers a variety of wedding packages to suit your needs, style, and budget. Every couple will receive the attention of the venue’s dedicated wedding planning team. Traders Restaurant provides a warm and friendly atmosphere for a rehearsal dinner of up to 50 guests. Located on the ground floor, this space adjoins the outdoor terrace to allow for relaxing in the open air after dinner. For your main reception, the Priory Helena Suite can comfortably accommodate 100 seated guests for a sit-down meal or 150 attendees for an evening reception. This room benefits from its own private bar and dance floor, which allows your guests to drink, dine, and dance the night away. Holiday Inn Colchester also has a large amount of outdoor space, which is suitable for hosting the perfect tipi or festival wedding. With accommodating disabled facilities and ample parking, you and your guests simply won’t want to leave.

Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

In the country
Small hotel
Large hotel
Outdoor license
Tipis and yurts

Ceremony options:

Chapel or temple on-site
Civil ceremony licence

Dining options:

Seated meal facilities
Corkage option
Alcohol licence
Buffet meal facilities
In-house catering

Evening entertainment:

Dance floor
Entertainment licence
Evening reception facilities
DJ facilities
Outdoor fireworks permitted

Overnight accommodation:

Overnight accommodation for wedding couple
Overnight accommodation for guests

Venue staff assistance:

Master of ceremonies/toastmaster
Wedding coordinator

Venue leisure facilities:

Swimming pool
Health suite
Fitness centre

Other features:

Accessible facilities
Car parking
Confetti permitted
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Reviews for Holiday Inn Colchester

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99% recommend it
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Adam Sent on 23/09/2023
4.8 out of 5 rating

Wedding ceremony, breakfast and evening reception

Me and my wife

Got married here hoilday eight ash green 2/9/23

The team here where brilliant we got married a year early then we planned for a few reason so we had 8/9 mths to planned from start to finish and it was was no problem at all from the team at hoilday inn Colchester highy recommend
Linda N. Sent on 18/09/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Linda and David Nicholls

our day was more than what we expected, Sam from hoiliday inn was incredible, the day went with no hitch. the guests remarked on their day enjoyed every minute. our venue meal was lovely. the service, meal and evening we could not ask for more. we would like to thank all staff for all their work. Thank you. Linda and David Nicholls.
Johan Sent on 22/09/2016
5 out of 5 rating

Wedding Venue

We had our wedding here this week and it was arranged excellently and exactly how we wanted it. The staff were wonderful and made sure we and our guests were well looked after. We stayed for two nights afterwards the room was just as we would expect it to be very comfortable and ideal for what we wanted
Paul Sent on 15/09/2016
5 out of 5 rating

fabulous and nothing was too much trouble

Thank you so much for organising our day . It was fabulous and nothing was too much trouble for the staff involved. Please can you pass on special thanks to Hannah who was brilliant while I had a diva moment .
Every guest had a great time including Pauls mum who appreciated the attention given to her with meal choices etc .
We will try and pop in with some pics for your wedding planner book if youd like to use them .
Thanks once again
Best Regards
Julie and Paul
Corina Sent on 15/08/2016
5 out of 5 rating

Lovely Time

We had a lovely time. Everyone was very accommodating and helpful, especially Scott.

We also enjoyed our stay in the hotel. We will definitely be coming back. Lee and I would like to thank you and everyone at Holiday Inn for helping make our wedding day a success!
Anonymous Sent on 15/08/2016
5 out of 5 rating

Prefect Day

Will you please thank Hannah and Scott for all they did Saturday it was a perfect day with no problem at all.
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