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Popular Colchester Museums

Hollytrees Museum

Castle Park, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1UG

Telephone; 01206 282940

Opening Hours; Tuesday’s to Saturday’s 10am – 5pm and Sunday’s 11am – 5pm

(Closed; Every Monday, 24th – 27th December and 1st January)

Free Admission

 Hollytrees Museum

Hollytrees is a beautiful Georgian home, which was sold to Colchester Corporation in 1920. In 1926, once the building was free of tenants, Colchester Corporation employed the services of local architects Duncan Clark and Bennett to convert the building into a Museum. Opening to the public in 1929, Hollytrees was and remains a museum of mediaeval antiquities.  There are numerous displays and hands on exhibits spanning over 300 years of history, which give visitors to Hollytrees museum an idea of what life was like for both rich and poor in Colchester during Georgian and Victorian times. Throughout the year, there is an events programme whereby history and art is brought to life by way of special appearances by historical characters, quizzes, tours, talks, workshops and much more.

Natural History Museum

High Street, Colchester, Essex, C01 1DN

Telephone; 01206 282941

Opening Hours; Tuesday’s to Saturday’s 10am – 5pm and Sunday’s 11am – 5pm

(Closed; Every Monday, 24th – 27th December and 1st January)

Free Admission

This Natural History Museum affords it visitors the chance to get closer to nature with captivating exhibits and exciting practical activities such as crawling into an underground tunnel to see the fascinating creatures that live beneath the surface or meeting “Firefly” their fox. Are you aware that Colchester experienced an earthquake in 1884? Or did you know that the Hippopotamus used to roam free in these parts? Not only can you gain an amazing insight into some intriguing creatures but also geological history of Colchester and how global warming and associated climate change can affect certain aspects of our lives. Situated close to Colchester Castle Park, there is also the chance to get acquainted with the types of wildlife currently thriving in the park and on the River Colne.

Colchester Castle Museum

Castle Park, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1TJ

Telephone; 01206 282939

Opening Hours; Tuesday’s to Saturday’s 10am – 5pm and Sunday’s 11am – 5pm

(Closed; Every Monday, 24th – 27th December and 1st January)

Admission Prices; Adult: £6.25, Children aged 5-15: £4.00, under 5’s: Free, Retired and concessions: £4.00, Saver ticket: £16.75

colchester castle museum

This amazing Keep is the largest ever constructed by the Normans. Built on the foundations of the Roman Temple of Claudius you can explore over 2000 years of history. Colchester plays a significant part in British history; it was an extremely rich area during the Roman occupation yet it met such a destructive end. Find out why when you explore the galleries this beautiful castle has to offer. Experience what it was like to be a Roman Soldier by feeling the weight of the armour they had to wear or enjoy the hands on exhibits such as dressing up in mediaeval costume or producing your own brass rubbing. Once you have familiarity with the Romans, Normans or even the Witchfinder General and Queen Boudica you can enjoy the astounding grounds in which this castle stands which offer their own enjoyable and relaxing experiences.