Visiting Colchester Castle

 

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Colchester Castle will re-open to the public from Monday 17th May.

To ensure your safety, anyone wishing to visit will need to call ahead and book a timed entry slot. For everything you need to know before visiting, click on the button below.

Welcome

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 or steering a Roman chariot. Be wowed as a large scale projection transforms the east wall with light and sound. 

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.

A Turner at the Castle

Saved for the nation, ‘Walton Bridges’ will be on display at Colchester Castle from the 26th September 2020 – 6th June 2021.

It is widely regarded as the first oil painting by Turner to have been based on oil sketches made in the open air.

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.

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!

Plan Your Visit

Opening Times

Colchester Castle will re-open to the public from Monday 17 May.

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

Sunday
11am – 5pm
Last timed entry slot 4pm

 

Tickets

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

Call 01206 282939 to secure your booking. 

If you hold a Castle Resident or Membership Pass you will still be required to book a timed slot to visit.

*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.

Shop

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.

 

Access

Every effort has been made to make Colchester Castle a great place to visit for everybody.

Unfortunately, due to the nature of the building, guided tours may be inaccessible for anyone with mobility difficulties. Please contact us and we will be happy to help you.

Our regular facilities are listed below. Please note, following our closure due to Covid-19, some things may be temporarily unavailable. For further details, please click here

  • Parking spaces for blue badge holders by Castle Park in Museum Street, and on the High Street.
  • Two accessible lifts.
  • Seating throughout the museum.
  • Guide and helping dogs welcome.
  • Ladies, gents and accessible toilets.
  • Baby changing facilities.
  • Breastfeeding welcome.
  • Twiddlemuffs (sensory aids) available on request.
  • Ear defenders available on request.
  • Audio guide description facilities.
  • Tactile/braille maps.
  • School lunchroom available for packed lunches at weekends.
  • Vending facilities for drinks and snacks.
  • Free drinking water available on request.

Colchester Castle Autism-Friendly Tour

This short film will highlight some of the key sensory features of your visit to Colchester Castle. We recommend visitors with particular sensory needs, such as people with ASD or dementia, watch this film before they come. It is also useful for anyone who could benefit seeing what the venue is like before making a visit. 

Where will your adventure start?