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Visiting Colchester Castle

Colchester Castle will be closed for the holidays on the 24th, 25th, 26th and 27th December, as well as the 1st January.


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For the continued safety and comfort of our visitors and staff we request the wearing of face coverings whilst visiting, unless you are exempt. In line with Government measures introduced from Monday 29th December, face coverings are compulsory in our shop areas.

Please respect others’ personal space whilst visiting our sites, and be mindful when in ‘tighter’ spaces.

Please be mindful that our interactives are for the enjoyment of everyone, so use hand sanitiser before and after use.


A visit to Colchester Castle is better than ever before with interactive displays and star exhibits, like the Colchester Gladiator Vase and Fenwick Hoard of Roman treasure. 

Have a go at building a Norman archway, dressing as an Iron Age Briton, steering a Roman chariot or firing our replica ballista at the east wall. 

Tours, led by expert guides, are offered daily and can take you down into the Roman vaults and up onto the Castle roof. 

What You Can See

Hidden Histories: West African Gold

Did you know during the medieval period, around 60% of the gold in Europe originated from West Africa?

This incredible statistic inspired our first Hidden Histories project, which you can explore both at the Castle and online.

Our Replica Ballista

Created by Len Morgan and brought to life by Motion Mapping, enjoy a bit of target practice!

Support our work whilst firing at the Castle wall, as proceeds from this incredible interactive go to the Colchester Museums Development Foundation.

The Building + Collections

See the stonework of the largest Norman keep in Europe and, using our interactive tablet, imagine how it would have looked. Gaze into the depths of the well, marvel at the Chapel or brave the prisons!

Some of the most important historical finds in Britain can be found in Colchester Castle, from Celtic coin hoards to Roman statues and mosaics, medieval paintings to civil war armour.

Decoding The Roman Dead

We have been working with archaeologists and specialists to ‘decode’ the hidden stories of 40 of Colchester’s earliest inhabitants.

Discover the lives of some of Britain’s earliest Romans who were laid to rest almost 2000 years ago…

Plan Your Visit

Opening Times

Monday – Saturday
10am – 5pm
Last timed entry slot 4pm

11am – 5pm
Last timed entry slot 4pm


Getting around


Adult (inc. Seniors): £10.95
Child (aged 4-16): £5.95
Student: £6.95
Qualifying concession: £6.95*
2 x adults plus 1 x child or concession: £24.00
1 x adult plus 3 x children or concession: £25.00
2 x adults plus 2 x children or concessions: £29.00

Booking not required


Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Please note we do not currently have space for leaving buggies or scooters.

*Visitors who are registered disabled and a carer; welfare benefit recipients and serving Military personnel – proof of reduced entrance fee status required and may be requested on entry.

Prices valid until 31st March 2022.


Our guide will take you down through 2,000 years of history to the Roman Vaults, the foundations of the Temple of Claudius. You will then travel up the Great Stairs, before seeing the unrivalled view of the Colchester from the Castle roof.

Tours run throughout the day and can be booked on arrival. Tickets cost £3.50 per adult and £2.00 per child after admission to the Castle.

We’re keeping group numbers smaller than usual, just to make sure everyone stays as safe as possible.



Our museum shop offers a wide range of products, from activity books for children to jewellery inspired by the Fenwick Hoard, games and fancy dress to replica Roman objects. Whether you’re looking for a memento or the perfect gift, we have something for all tastes and budgets.


After Hours

Be guided around the displays on a private tour, or crack the clues in our escape experience to break THE SERPENTS CURSE!

Whether you have big kids or little knights in mind, we have something for everyone!

Birthday Parties

Have a special day coming up? Colchester Castle now offer birthday party packages and celebrations for children aged 3-11.

Choose from bespoke tours, storytelling, dragon fun, soft play or simply getting messy with some Castle arts and crafts.


Access At The Castle

Whether you want to know when the museum is quieter, what to expect when you arrive or what facilities we have, simply follow the link below to find out more.

If you cannot find the answers you are looking for, please contact us on 01206 282939 or email museums@colchester.gov.uk and our team will be happy to help. 

Where will your adventure start?