Wicked Spirits? Witchcraft & Magic in Colchester Castle. Graphic of the outline of Colchester Castle filled with symbols connected to witchcraft.


Colchester Castle's latest exhibition is produced in partnership with the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic and sensitively brings to life the stories of those that suffered in one of the Castle's darkest periods, when is was used as a prison for those suspected of being a witch. 

During the 1500s and 1600s hundreds of people were imprisoned in the Castle, suspected of being a witch whilst they awaited a trial. Conditions were terrible and many died before their case could be heard. This exhibition looks at the stories of the victims rather than those who persecuted them, examining five stories of a 300 year period to explore how atitudes and the law changed in this period.

The exhibition also covers attitudes to magic and superstition both from history and in the present day.​​​​

'Wicked Spirits? Witchcraft + Magic at Colchester Castle’ opens on July 16th and runs to January 6th 2023.

Please note: The displays will contain content suitable for a family audience, but due to its sensitive nature, parental guidance is advised.

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  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets

Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)


  • Picnic site


  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome


  • 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

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  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted

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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.

Wicked Spirits?: Witchcraft & Magic at Colchester Castle


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

Tel: 01206 282939

Fax: 01206 282925

Opening Times

Season (16 July 2022 - 6 Jan 2023)
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