Walton Bridges by JMW Turner


Walton Bridges, painted by J.M.W. Turner goes on display in Colchester Castle.

‘Walton Bridges’ was painted by Turner in 1806 close to his home on the River Thames. It is widely regarded as the first oil painting by Turner to have been based on oil sketches made in the open air, a practice that was to become a significant element to his work, and one that makes this painting so important. 

Colchester + Ipswich Museums were instrumental in a bid to help save this important painting for the nation when, in 2019, a rescue bid was launched with Norfolk Museum Service. With the aid of major grants from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Art Fund and a private donor, as well as the support of the Friends of Colchester Museums, this nationally important painting was successfully saved for the East of England and the nation. 

This display has also been made possible as a result of the Government Indemnity Scheme. Colchester + Ipswich Museums would like to thank HM Government for providing Government Indemnity and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and Arts Council England for arranging it. 


This event is included as part of Castle admission.

How To Book

For your safety and comfort, we are asking visitors to book a ticket in advance for a timed entry to visit Colchester Castle.

You will be able to book your visit up to 14 days in advance by calling our booking line on 01206 282939 between the hours of 10am – 4.30pm (11am – 4.30pm on Sundays)

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

A Turner At The Castle

Type:Art Exhibition

Colchester Castle Museum, Castle Park, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1TJ

Tel: 01206 282939

Fax: 01206 282925

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