Visiting Colchester Castle

We are working hard and following Government guidance to protect our visitors and staff.

Colchester Castle will reopen from Thursday 23rd July and some things might look a little different. Follow the link below for further details on booking a visit and what to expect when you arrive.

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

Visiting Colchester Castle

​We are working hard and following Government guidance to protect our visitors and staff. So, when you come to Colchester Castle, things might look a little different.

Follow the link for more information on booking a visit and what to expect when you arrive.

Bespoke Tours + Escape Experience

Why not book one of our private experiences for 9am or after 5pm? Be guided around the displays on a bespoke gallery tour, or crack the clues in our escape experience to break THE SERPENTS CURSE!

Call the Castle to find out more and check availability.

The Building

Built on the foundations of the Roman Temple of Claudius, Colchester Castle is the largest Norman keep in Europe.

Now a museum, it showcases the history of Colchester from Celtic Kings, through Roman invasion and Boudiccan revolt, to Norman conquest and medieval life.

Its Civil War story and terrible link to Witchfinder General, Matthew Hopkins can also be explored in the surviving prisons.

The Collections

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.

Look out for the famous Sheepen Cauldron, a huge and mysterious vessel from the Bronze Age, and the hastily hidden Fenwick Hoard of silver and gold jewellery from Roman Britain.

Plan Your Visit

Opening Times

Monday – Saturday
10.00am – 5.00pm
Last admission 4.30pm

Sunday
11.00am – 5.00pm
Last admission 4.30pm

Tickets

Adult (inc. Seniors): £10.00
Child (aged 4-16): £5.95
Student: £6.95
Qualifying concession: £6.95*
2 x adults plus 1 x child or concession: £23.00
1 x adult plus 3 x children or concession: £25.00
2 x adults plus 2 x children or concessions: £28.00

*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 31 March 2021.

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?