Visiting Colchester Castle

Colchester Castle will be welcoming visitors from Wednesday 2nd December.

Please note, we will be closed for Christmas from the 24th – 27th December, as well as on New Years Day.

We are working hard and following Government guidance to protect our visitors and staff. Please follow the link below for the latest updates.

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

A Turner at the Castle

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

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

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!

For the perfect Christmas gift, why not buy an After Hours voucher?

Visit Santa

Visiting Santa is a tradition for many families and firmly marks the start of the festive season.

This year, Father Christmas and his sack of toys will be returning to Colchester Castle, spreading a little magic throughout December!

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?