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Colchester Castle Museum

Colchester Castle Museum


Dating from 1076, this Norman Castle, one of the first stone castles in England, saw action only once, in 1216, when King John besieged it and captured it from French Mercenary troops sent to aid his rebellious barons.

During its long history it has also been the County and Town Gaol. Today the Castle, in Castle Park just off the High Street, is home to the multi award-winning Colchester Castle Museum and welcomes more than 100,000 visitors a year.

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 allowedFacilities for hearing impairedFacilities for visually impaired


Castle entry fee applies


Museum Resource Centre

01206 282434


Castle Park,



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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


  • 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
  • Facilities for hearing impairedFacilities for hearing impaired
  • Facilities for visually impairedFacilities for visually impaired