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Colchester Castle

Colchester Castle

Address

Castle Park,
Colchester,
Essex,
CO1 1TJ

Details

Colchester Castle is the largest Norman Keep in Europe. Constructed on the foundations of the Temple of Claudius, built when Colchester was the first Roman capital of Britain, the Castle Museum today reveals many fascinating layers of history to visitors. Archaeological collections of international quality covering 2,500 years of history are beautifully showcased, including of the most important Roman finds in Britain.

The Castle is one of England's most important heritage sites and one of the most popular visitor attractions in the East of England.

A visit to Colchester Castle is now bigger, brighter and better than ever before, with brand new interactive displays including new finds and star exhibits like the Colchester Vase and the Colchester Mercury statuette.

Visitors can try out some exciting new experiences - try your hand at building a Norman archway, excavating a Roman doctor's grave or steering a chariot around Colchester's recently uncovered Roman Circus! Be wowed as a large scale 'son et lumière' projection transforms the east wall with light and sound.

There are regular family events, and plenty to occupy children from dressing up to stepping inside a recreated thatched roundhouse. Expert-led tours down into the creepy Roman vaults and up onto the panoramic Castle roof can be booked for a small additional charge, and take place regularly every day.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopPicnic sitePublic toiletsWelcome HostAccepts groups

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Smoking not allowed

Opening details

Monday to Saturday: 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday: 11:00 - 17:00

Last admission is at 16:30

Prices

Adults: £10
Child: £5.25
Student: £6.75
Concessions (Disability, Benefits, Armed Forces): £5.25
Family Saver (2+2): £27.00
Family Saver (1+3 / 2+1): £23.00

Discounts available for pre-booked groups.

Events at this Venue

date event
Sat 27 Jul - Sun 16 Feb Adorn: Jewellery, The Human Story
Sun 6 Oct Relaxed Opening
Sat 12 Oct Tea + Torcs
Wed 16 Oct Sisterhood
Sat 26 Oct Knightzzz At The Museum
Sun 27 Oct Copper Bulla Workshops

Location

Directions

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Map reference: TL 998253  Lat: 51.89066 Long: 0.90319

Situated in the Town Centre in the Grounds of the Magnificent Castle Park.

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Colchester Town station

Facilities

  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Welcome HostWelcome Host
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed