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

Colchester Castle

Full Day Session

£5.50 per child (Colchester City schools)

£5.85 per child (non City schools)

*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.


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 get in touch with us.

Our team can reserve a date for you when you book, but please note that the visit will not be confirmed until you receive a booking form.

If you need to cancel your booking, please do so at least 14 working days before your visit. If you do not give the required notice, charges will be incurred.

We ask that pupils only bring their lunch bag and a pencil with them on the day as we do not have the facilities to store large backpacks.

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 approximate. You will only be charged for the number of children who visit on the day. A minimum charge may apply.

Prices indicated are a guide and are subject to change.


Goody Bags


Your pupils can take home a fun-filled, educational and great value memento from their day, all stored inside a compostable bag!

Please pre-order your goody bags before your visit by completing the order form above.

Please note if you have not pre-ordered goody bags they may not be available on the day, please order ahead to avoid disappointment.



Gift Shop


During your visit, don’t miss the chance to let your students immerse themselves in the delightful world of our Gift Shop – a treasure trove of memories waiting to be taken home.

Specially curated for our younger visitors, our pocket money section boasts an array of charming souvenirs, with prices starting from just 50p. It’s a perfect spot for everyone to find a special keepsake without breaking the bank.


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