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Hollytrees Museum

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Address: Castle Park, Colchester CO1 1UG, England
Phone Number:
+44 1206 282940
10:00 - 17:00
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Mon - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Follow the story around this beautiful Georgian building taking in domestic...

Follow the story around this beautiful Georgian building taking in domestic life and childhood in Colchester over the past 300 years. Meet many different characters from the past and experience Colchester's fascinating history. Discover what family life was life for the rich and the poor. Then be transported back to the days before washing machines to try out a dolly peg and dress up as a servant.

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A Little Gem

Living locally I hadn't been here for years. It is a lovely little museum. Well set out, with lots of interesting information. Well worth a visit.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Sarah G
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11 reviews
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Living locally I hadn't been here for years. It is a lovely little museum. Well set out, with lots of interesting information. Well worth a visit.

Thank Sarah G
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Reviewed 22 April 2017 via mobile

Visited with my 8 and 3 year old children whilst on a trip to the town centre. We all really enjoyed it. We spent around 40 minutes walking around and really liked the dolls houses and clocks. The children both loved that there were things they could touch. It was detailed enough to keep my 8 year old untreated and... More 

Thank Amazamum
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Reviewed 16 April 2017

Great place for all the family to enjoy and experience. Some very interesting exhibits with hands-on activities to make it fun for the children.

Thank freddiebooboo
Pershore, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 16 April 2017

Whilst visiting Colchester Castle we decided to take a look at Holytrees as it was free. For such a small place they have managed to fit a fair bit in & interactive things for the children as well, in fact one of the rooms is a walk through time of toys which they loved as well as looking at dolls... More 

Thank Dan B
Colchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 14 April 2017

This a fantastic piece of Victorian history all under one roof so much to see over three floors a beautiful place

Thank pharoah48
Colchester, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
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Reviewed 12 April 2017

This little museum is free admission and it really is like visiting the owners and their families, with home videos playing. Showing the kitchen equipment they used in the past. lots of information and fun things to discover for children too. The children's room, shows comparisons of toys past and present. There are questions for them to answer and they... More 

Thank jacqueline B
Colchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 7 April 2017

This quaint little museum is wonderful. Great piece of local history. Really interesting to see how a Colchester household in the Victorian times lived. Definitely see it. Free to enter, its a little gem!

Thank NamasteTia
Lincoln, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 27 March 2017

Lovely little museum with lots of interesting artefacts especially the beautiful locally made clocks. Friendly helpful staff & tourist information office.

Thank MrsB121
Colchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 March 2017

I took my class of 12 children with special needs here last week. The visit was unplanned as we were just passing. Although the staff didn't know we were coming until we arrived they couldn't have been more helpful, even though they had an educational visit from another school at the time. There was so much for the children to... More 

Thank kenh0lmes
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Reviewed 16 March 2017

Hollytrees is a nice way to spend an hour. Its small, but well kept and has lots of small items to see. The childrens room and the clock room are highlights. As its right next door to the castle there is no excuse not to see it really. The gift shop is also nice.

Thank foulfaerie

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