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

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.

The Tours

Why not join one of our special tours?

Visitors can climb the Great Stairs and take in the view from the Castle roof and descend into the Roman foundations.

Interactive Displays

Enjoy a range of hands on activities for all the family.

Ride a Roman chariot, build a Noman archway, dress up as an Iron Age Briton and much more!

You can even bring the Castle to life using augmented reality. From 360° panoramas of different rooms to animated objects on display, we make sure your day is an unforgettable one.


Colchester Museums was a winner in the 2019 Hoop Awards, scooping Best Holiday Workshops in Essex!

See What's On and come experience our range of family-friendly activities for yourself!


Plan Your Visit

Opening Times

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

11.00am – 5.00pm
Last admission 4.30pm


Adult (inc. Seniors): £10.00
Child (aged 4-16): £5.25
Student: £6.75
Qualifying concession: £5.25*
2 x adults plus 1 x child or concession: £23.00
1 x adult plus 3 x children or concession: £23.00
2 x adults plus 2 x children or concessions: £27.00

*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.

Admission tickets, Resident Passes and guided tours can be purchased at the Castle on the day.

There is an additional fee for small activities admission, usually around £5.

You will need to call us to pre-book guided tours, children’s holiday activities or for group visits of 12 people or more- contact us and we will be happy to help you.

Prices valid until 31 March 2020.


The roof and Roman Vaults 

Adult: £3.00
Child:  £1.50

October – March

The last tour is 2pm

April – September

The last tour is 3pm


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.

Facilities include:

  • Two accessible lifts.
  • Disabled parking available nearby.
  • 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.
  • Castle gift shop for mementos, gifts and more.

Where will your adventure start?