From Thursday 19th March all of Colchester Borough Council’s building are to be closed to the public, as part of the steps to combat the spread of COVID-19. As a result, Colchester Castle, Hollytrees Museum and the Natural History Museum will be closed for the foreseeable future. This decision follows the advice from the Government on mass gatherings and around self-isolation, which will have an impact on the levels of council employees available to staff the venues.
The council will be reviewing these closures on at least a weekly basis and will look to reopen them as soon as possible within Government guidelines regarding COVID-19.
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Museum From Home
The buildings might be closed, but we’re doing what we can to bring the museum to you!
Each week, our team will be sharing a variety of activities, inspired by the collections, to help educate and entertain.
Check out our growing library:
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
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Plan Your Visit
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): £5.95
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.
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 private 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
November – March
12noon, 1pm and 2pm
April – October
12noon, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm
Book your place at the welcome desk
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.