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Romans In Colchester

Suitable for KS2

Colchester was the first Roman capital of Britain and site of Boudica’s rebellion. Explore history where it happened.

Pupils will take on the role of archaeologists and learn about the events that led to up to Boudica’s revolt. They will discover the impact this had on people’s lives as Colchester changed from an Iron Age settlement to a prosperous Roman town.

The day includes time to visit the Castle shop. Alternatively, your pupils can take home one of our goody bags. Details of what is included and how to pre-order can be found under Downloadable Resources.

More Information

Romans visit – story tour* + hands-on archaeology + galleries

  • Journey back 2000 years as you descend into the Roman vaults under the Castle.
  • This dramatic, interactive story tour will explore the Roman invasion and Boudica’s revolt.
  • Work as a team to reconstruct a large model Roman villa and Iron Age roundhouse.
  • Handle real Roman pottery and investigate its uses.
  • Develop skills of an archaeologist, investigating and interpreting evidence.
  • Full instructions and a free pre-visit are available to support your session.

General visit – Exploring the Galleries

  • Exciting new displays, interactive exhibits and gallery trails help your pupils explore the museum.
  • Interactive displays include Iron Age and Roman villa areas with costume and handling objects
  • Roman games displays including an interactive chariot ride

*Lift access in the Castle is limited to the galleries. An alternative story tour is available for children who are unable to access the vaults.

Colchester Castle

Full Day Session

£4.50 per child (Colchester Borough schools)

£4.90 per child (non Borough schools)

A minimum charge may apply.

Prices are valid until 31st March 2022.

Things to note

All school, nursery and group visits must be booked in advance.

To enquire about a visit or to make a booking please contact us.

We are now invoicing all school groups for their visits. Invoices will follow approximately 20 working days from the date of your trip. The number of children indicated on the booking form is an approximate. You will only be charged for the number of children who actually visit on the day.

What's On


Discover something new in Colchester.

Browse the diary to find fun, family-friendly events all year round. 

Exhibitions + Displays

Our programme aims to showcase the variety of the collections from art to archaeology, costume to clocks.

Saved for the nation, ‘Walton Bridges’ will be on display at Colchester Castle from the 26 September 2020 – 28 March 2021.

Where will your adventure start?