Colchester Castle

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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 Celtic 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.

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Guide Prices

Adults: £11.25
Child(4-16): £6.25
Student: £7.25
Concessions (Disability, Benefits, Armed Forces): £7.25
Family Saver (2+2): £30.00
Family Saver (2+1): £25.00
Family Saver (1+3): £26.00

Discounts available for pre-booked groups.

Events

Saturday, 16th July 2022 - Friday, 6th January 2023

Wicked Spirits? Witchcraft & Magic in Colchester Castle. Graphic of the outline of Colchester Castle filled with symbols connected to witchcraft.Wicked Spirits?: Witchcraft & Magic at Colchester CastleA new exhibition telling the stories of those accused of witchcraft during the Essex Witch Trials.
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Thursday, 20th October 2022 - Thursday, 20th October 2022

Wicked Spirits? Witchcraft & Magic in Colchester Castle. Graphic of the outline of Colchester Castle filled with symbols connected to witchcraft.Wicked Spirits Talks: A County Full Of ‘Notorious Witches’?One in a series of talks accompanying the Wicked Spirits? Witchcraft + magic Exhibition
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Thursday, 20th October 2022 - Thursday, 20th October 2022

Wicked Spirits? Witchcraft & Magic in Colchester Castle. Graphic of the outline of Colchester Castle filled with symbols connected to witchcraft.Wicked Spirits Talks: The Witch Trials in its European contextOne in a series of talks accompanying the Wicked Spirits? Witchcraft + magic Exhibition
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Saturday, 22nd October 2022 - Friday, 28th October 2022

Halloween TreatsHalloween Treats at Colchester CastleVisit Colchester Castle this October half term and enjoy some special Halloween themed-activities!
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Saturday, 22nd October 2022 - Sunday, 30th October 2022

Witch TrailColchester Castle Witch TrailVisit Colchester Castle this October half term and take part in a special Halloween trail.
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Saturday, 29th October 2022 - Saturday, 29th October 2022

HalloweenAn Evening of Halloween Fun!Celebrate all things spooky with an evening of Halloween themed activities at Colchester Castle
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Thursday, 3rd November 2022 - Thursday, 3rd November 2022

Wicked Spirits? Witchcraft & Magic in Colchester Castle. Graphic of the outline of Colchester Castle filled with symbols connected to witchcraft.Wicked Spirits Talks: Witchfinder Film ScreeningOne in a series of events accompanying the Wicked Spirits? Witchcraft + magic Exhibition
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Thursday, 17th November 2022 - Thursday, 17th November 2022

Wicked Spirits? Witchcraft & Magic in Colchester Castle. Graphic of the outline of Colchester Castle filled with symbols connected to witchcraft.Wicked Spirits Talks: The Salem Witch TrialsOne in a series of talks accompanying the Wicked Spirits? Witchcraft + magic Exhibition
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Thursday, 24th November 2022 - Thursday, 24th November 2022

Wicked Spirits? Witchcraft & Magic in Colchester Castle. Graphic of the outline of Colchester Castle filled with symbols connected to witchcraft.Wicked Spirits Talks: The 12 Even Stranger Days Of ChristmasOne in a series of talks accompanying the Wicked Spirits? Witchcraft + magic Exhibition
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Thursday, 1st December 2022 - Thursday, 1st December 2022

Wicked Spirits? Witchcraft & Magic in Colchester Castle. Graphic of the outline of Colchester Castle filled with symbols connected to witchcraft.Wicked Spirits Talks: Witchcraft + Magic Panel DiscussionOne in a series of talks accompanying the Wicked Spirits? Witchcraft + magic Exhibition
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Saturday, 3rd December 2022 - Sunday, 4th December 2022

Saturday, 10th December 2022 - Sunday, 11th December 2022

Saturday, 17th December 2022 - Friday, 23rd December 2022

An image of Santa in front of a snow covered Colchester CastleMeet Father Christmas at Colchester CastleSanta comes to Colchester Castle!
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Wednesday, 7th December 2022 - Wednesday, 7th December 2022

A christmassy coasting of snow and snowfall superimposed on an image of Colchester CasleChristmas Open Evening at Colchester CastleFREE Open Evening at Colchester Castle!
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Thursday, 22nd December 2022 - Thursday, 22nd December 2022

Father Christmas in front of a Christmas TreeAn Evening With Father ChristmasJoin Father Christmas and his elves for a fun packed evening of craft, games and Christmas magic!
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Facilities

Accessibility

  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets

Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)

Catering

  • Picnic site

Children

  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome

Groups

  • Education/study area
  • Facilities for educational visits
  • Facilities for groups

Property Facilities

  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Gift shop
  • Public toilets
  • Smoking not allowed

Site Features

  • Welcome Host

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted

Map & Directions

Colchester

Road Directions

Situated in the Town Centre in the Grounds of the Magnificent Castle Park.Accessible by Public Transport: Colchester Town station is 0 miles away.

Colchester Castle Museum

Type:Museum

Castle Park, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1TJ

Tel: 01206 282939

Fax: 01206 282925

Awards

  • Visit EnglandVistEngland VAQAS Gold VistEngland VAQAS Gold 2018

Opening Times

Season (1 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2022)
DayTimes
Monday - Saturday10:00 - 17:00
Sunday11:00 - 17:00
Bank Holiday10:00 - 17:00

* Last admission is at 16:30

Call 01206 282939 for group bookings