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Colchester Castle Museum
Colchester Castle Museum (Colchester)
Member Name: miffy1
Colchester Castle Museum (Colchester)
Advantages: Very educational. Great exhibits. Good facilities. Steeped in hisstory.
Disadvantages: No parking at the castle.
Colchester is the oldest recorded market town in the UK, so naturally, if you visit then you really cannot miss seeing the lovely castle museum. Not only is it a very interesting place, it's location is also superb, standing just inside the magnificent Castle Park. It is easy to find, just follow the high street till you get to the gates of the park and you cannot miss it! There is no parking at the castle but the nearest car-park is not too far away in the town centre.
Steeped in history, the castle was built by the Normans and stands on the site of the Roman temple of Claudius. Parts of the temple are still in evidence deep under the castle in the vaults. The castle has remained a focal part of Colchester for centuries and is beautifully preserved. It was once prison to the witches that the Witchfinder General, Matthew Hopkins, had tried and executed in 1645.
It is now a museum and has a vast array of historical artifacts, not just from the Colchester area, but from all over the world.
I have visited this castle ever since I was a child and have seen it change over the years. It has always fascinated me and is still a stunning place to visit, with many different exhibitions that chart the history of the castle and the town of Colchester. They have audio-visual dramas that you can sit and watch which tell the story of Boudica, who ransacked the town and burnt it to the ground, of the siege of Colchester, which took place during the English Civil War and what it was like in the prisons of the castle all those centuries ago. The films really bring the castle to life and are very educational for people of all ages.
Children will enjoy trying on a toga and chain-mail and are able to touch real roman pottery. There is even an Egyptian mummy, though at the time of writing, this is on loan to another museum for a few months.
If you love history and castles, then Colchester Castle is well worth a visit. It's entrance fees are very reasonable and start at £3.80 for children and concessions and £6.00 for adults, with reduced fees for group bookings. Children under the age of 5 go free.
You need to allow about one and a half to two hours for your visit. There is a small café and toilet facilities in the castle. There is very good access for disabled people, with ramps on the ground floor and a lift that takes you up to the first floor. Staff are really friendly and helpful. As you leave the castle there is small shop that sells a good range of gifts.
Colchester castle is really well worth a visit and has something for all ages to enjoy. I love the place!
Summary: A brilliant castle that is as good as it looks!
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