Colchester Castle Museum

Colchester Castle
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A visit to Colchester Castle Museum takes you through 2000 years of some of the most important events in British history. Once capital of Roman Britain, Colchester has experienced devastation by Boudica (Boadicea), invasion by the Normans and siege during the English Civil War.

Since the 16th century, the Castle has been a ruin, a library and a gaol for witches. Today it is an award winning museum featuring many hands-on displays showing Colchester's history from the Stone Age to the Civil War.

This museum has a Designated Collection of national importance.

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

Mon-Sat 10.00-17.00
Sun 11.00-17.00

Admission charges

Adult: £7.50
Child/Concessions: £4.75

The archaeology collections of Colchester Museums are Designated Collections of national importance.

Among the many objects to note are the famous "Colchester Vase" and the tombstone of the Roman Centurian Marcus Favonius Facilis. The extensive archaeology collections are of superb quality and reflect the central role played by Colchester at the start of Britain's recorded history. Colchester Castle is an award winning museum featuring many hands-on displays to help explain the townspeople's experience of Colchester's varying fortunes. A visit to Colchester Castle Museum takes you through 2000 years of the most important events in British History. Once the capital of Roman Britain, Colchester has experienced devastation by Boudica (Boadicea), invasion by the Normans and Siege during the English Civil War.

Collection details

Social History, Fine Art, Decorative and Applied Art, Coins and Medals, Archaeology

Key artists and exhibits

  • Designated Collection.
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Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days: Colchester Castle Museum

  • 12 September 2015

Europe's largest Norman keep, built on the foundations of the Roman Temple of Claudius. Colchester Castle was built around 1070 by William the Conqueror and has been a royal fortress, prison and, since 1860, a museum. It reopened in May 2014 following a major redevelopment. Visitors can see the new displays, interactives and impressive son et lumiere projection.

Tours into the Roman temple vaults and onto the roof are also available at extra charge.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/directory/colchester-castle-museum

Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days: Roman Wall Walk

  • 13 September 2015

Take a guided walk around the oldest and most complete town wall in the country. Built in response to Boudica's attack on Colchester in AD 60, over two-thirds still remain, including the largest Roman gateway in Britain. Approx 1.5 hrs long.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/directory/roman-wall-walk

Colchester Castle Museum
Castle Park
Colchester
Essex
CO1 1TJ
England

Website

www.cimuseums.org.uk/castle

E-mail

museums@colchester.gov.uk

Telephone

01206 282939

Fax

01206 282925

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