HISTORY


Dating back to 1400AD our historic hotel has
existed in Colchester for over six centuries

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Our History


Dating back to 1400AD our historic hotel has existed in Colchester for over six centuries. Witnessing Roman occupation, Saxon reign, and the uprising of Queen Bodecia. The Rose & Crown has survived 18th century fires, the aftershock of an earthquake, and two World Wars. To evolve from its ancestral roots hosting weary travellers from Ipswich and Harwich. To accommodating international guests in its now listed building. Which, even today, feels like stepping back in time.

The building

With its iconic Tudor beams and old world charm the Rose & Crown is one of modern Colchester’s most celebrated buildings. Steeped in history, and sympathetically renovated in accordance with its listed status. The building continues to stand as a poignant reminder of centuries gone by.

Explore rooms

The Prison Cells

Being as old as she is, our historic hotel is the keeper of many secrets. Not least of all the prison cells that were uncovered in her basement. Now defunct from operations (our guests will no doubt be pleased to hear). These restored cells can be hired for small functions and events of up to 20 people.

Private hire