Colchester Castle

Things to do in Essex: Colchester Castle

Colchester Castle is a Norman castle in Colchester, Essex, England, dating from the second half of the eleventh century.

Colchester Castle is the largest Norman Keep in Europe. Constructed on the foundations of the Temple of Claudius, built when Colchester was the first Roman capital of Britain, the Castle Museum today reveals many fascinating layers of history to visitors. Archaeological collections of international quality covering 2,500 years of history are beautifully showcased, including of the most important Roman finds in Britain.

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, steering a Roman chariot or firing our replica ballista at the east wall. 

Tours, led by expert guides, are offered daily and can take you down into the Roman vaults and up onto the Castle roof. 


Find out more

View website: https://colchester.cimuseums.org.uk/visit/colchester-castle/

Address: Colchester Castle Museum, Castle Park, Colchester, CO1 1TJ


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