Hollytrees House framed by Wisteria

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Colchester's Castle Park provides a perfect setting for a huge range of events including shows, festivals and concerts.

The park not only encompasses much of Colchester's rich heritage within its boundaries but is much loved and used as a part of present day life. It boasts over 1 million visitors a year. Providing a green oasis in the town centre, you can sit, walk, enjoy music, play games, or picnic amongst wonderful flowers and trees.

Free to explore, the park includes historical sites including the Roman Wall, Victorian Bandstand, and the Castle itself. Hollytrees Museum sits within it's grounds and tells a social history of the town. You'll discover a fish pond and boating lake at opposite ends of the grounds and the river Colne flows through the Northern end of the site. There's an extensive play area for children, well tended gardens (including Colchester's famous rose beds) and numerous short walks and intriguing paths to follow. 

A mini golf course can be found in the lower park, and during the warmer months swan peddalos operate on the boating lake.

Trails, Activities and Walks

Download a Castle Park Tree Trail
Castle Park History & Nature trails for families
Autumn Worksheet for kids, courtesy of the Friends of Castle Park

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  • Changing Places
  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets - Disabled toilets require a RADAR key to access. A Changing Places facility is available but requires a code that must be requested from the borough council in advance.

Booking & Payment Details

  • Free Entry


  • On-site catering
  • Picnic site


  • Children welcome

Meeting, Conference & Wedding Facilities

  • Grounds for outdoor activities
  • Leisure facilities onsite
  • Venue approved for civil marriage


  • Parking with charge

Property Facilities

  • Dogs Accepted
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Public toilets

Map & Directions


Road Directions

By Road:Main Entrance at the east end of Colchester High Street.Parking is available with a charge at any of the towns' car parks. The nearest car parks are Nunn's Road, Priory Street and Osborne StreetAccessible by Public Transport: Colchester Town station is 0.5 miles away.

Castle Park


High Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1TJ

Tel: 01206 282962

Fax: 01206 855287


  • Visit EnglandVistEngland VAQAS Gold VistEngland VAQAS Gold 2018
  • Other AwardsGreen Flag Award Green Flag Award 2016

Opening Times

* Open dawn to dusk everyday of the year.Park locked in the evenings - check gates for details.
Some parts of the park may be closed off during events.