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Colchester Castle Museum

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Address: Castle Park, Colchester CO1 1TJ, England
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+44 1206 282939
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Today
10:00 - 17:00
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 - 17:00
Mon - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Colchester Castle is the largest Norman Keep in Europe. Constructed on the...

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

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We sent a wonderful hour here walking through the two floors and reading about the history of Colchester. Everything was well set out and clearly labelled. Although we had no... read more

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

We sent a wonderful hour here walking through the two floors and reading about the history of Colchester. Everything was well set out and clearly labelled. Although we had no children with us, I could see there was lots for them to do. Would recommend a visit.

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Winchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

An excellent venue. Very well thought through and constructed - modern displays, furbishing etc - bringing the ancient alive to the modern. Well worth the entrance fee

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Pershore, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

There's a lot to see inside what is a relatively small castle. If your with children like us then you can purchase an activity sheet which will keep them happy whilst going around the castle. A lot of the castle is about the Romans & if you follow the trail then you will start at the Iron Age going through... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

When i moved to Colchester as a kid i used to love going to the castle, the people in there used to tell me stories about a roman soldier who still lived there and i was such a big fan! I was digging in my garden once too and found a metal "spear head" and asked if i could show... More 

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Thank Zoe F
Colchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great journey into history,loads to see and experience. Located at one of the many entrances to castle park. Castle inn in same location offering good and refreshments.

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Arnprior, Canada
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love the castle and have visited many times, and I always enjoy the experience. The staff is so friendly and knowledgeable, and the information in the exhibits makes it well worth a walk around. The castle park grounds are also a stunning area for pictures

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Thank James P
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed our day out at the Castle. The children enjoyed the interactive exhibits and the wonderful displays of Colchester's history.

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited for the first time since I was about 7 (I'm 26 now!) with my husband and his parents. Wowzas, what a transformation! Great value for a good couple of hours of musing and reading, amazing artefacts and lovely helpful staff. Wasn't relevant to us but I did notice a great deal of interactive activities for children, lots of 'dress-up'... More 

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Set in the charming Castle Park, the castle itself is thoughtfully laid out inside with lots of displays of historical artefacts and the history of Colchester itself. A must for anyone interested in the Iron Age or Roman period which make up the bulk of the upstairs displays. There are interactive displays, especially good for children, and period clothing and... More 

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hornchurch,essex
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I spent a good few hours in the museum. At £7.25 it is great value for money. They showed a 'son et lumiere' show, outlining the history of Colchester. The old iron age and Roman exhibits were fantastic - amazing to think that they are over 2000 years old - and the film concerning the siege was interesting. Many activities... More 

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