Dominated by a sturdy castle and ancient walls, Colchester claims the title as Britain’s oldest recorded city, with settlement noted here as early as the 5th century BC. Today the city is a maze of narrow streets, and major redevelopment efforts are underway. Colchester Castle was begun in 1076, built on the foundations of a Roman fort. The interactive castle museum is exceptional, with plenty of togas to try on and sound effects to keep the young and old entertained. There are also guided tours of Roman vaults, Norman rooftop chapel, and castle walls. Beside the castle is a Georgian town house hosting the Hollytrees Museum, which travels through 300 years of domestic life in Colchester. Nearby is the Clock Museum with contains one of the largest clock collections in Britain. A short stroll north of High Street will bring you to the Dutch Quarter, where the half-timbered houses and rickety roofs take you back to the days of 16th century Protestants who fled here from Holland.