Visiting Hollytrees Museum

We’re working hard to make sure our museums are safe for our visitors and staff. Due to current restrictions we are not able to reopen Hollytrees Museum at this time.

The Colchester Visitor Information Centre, located at the ground floor entrance to Hollytrees, will reopen from Thursday 23rd July. Follow the link below for further details on what to expect when accessing the Centre after this date.


Enjoy 300 years of history in this beautiful Georgian townhouse through hands-on exhibits and displays. Discover what family life was life for the rich and the poor. Then be transported back to the days before washing machines to try out a dolly peg and dress up as a servant. 

Explore Hollytrees in miniature through the dolls’ house or discover Bernard Mason’s fascinating collection of Colchester clocks. You can even learn all about the origins of Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star, loved the world over and written in Colchester. 

Plan Your Visit


Please note the museum is currently closed

Free admission

What can you see?



Our museum shop offers a wide range of products, from Tiptree jams and chutneys to prints of Colchester, vintage toys to local books. Whether you’re looking for a memento or the perfect gift, we have something for all tastes and budgets.



Every effort has been made to make Hollytrees Museum a great place to visit for everybody.

If you have any access queries please contact us and we will be happy to help.

Facilities include:

  • Automatic sliding doors.
  • Parking spaces for blue badge holders by Castle Park in Museum Street, and on the High Street.
  • Accessible toilet and changing facilities available at the neighboring Natural History Museum.
  • Lift – Please note no more than two wheelchair users allowed on the first floor. If there are more than two wheelchair users in your group, please contact us.
  • Display cases and text are at wheelchair height.
  • RADAR accessible toilet.
  • Hearing induction loop.
  • Inductive couplers for hearing aids fitted to sound phones.
  • Display sound transcripts.
  • Twiddlemuffs (sensory aids) available on request.
  • Tactile RNIB ‘Maps For All’ floor plan.
  • Hands-on interactive and sensory experiences. 
  • Display sound commentary.
  • Guide and helping dogs are welcome.
  • Free drinking water available on request.

Where will your adventure start?