East Anglia Sights

Colchester Castle Museum

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  • Colchester

Published 08/18/2015

Fodor's Review

The fortress built by William the Conqueror between 1076 and 1125, reusing brick and tiles from the ruins of the Roman town, is today the superb Colchester Castle Museum. All that remains is the keep, the largest the Normans built in England. The castle was constructed over the foundations of the huge Roman Temple of Claudius, and in the vaults you can descend through 1,000 years of history. The museum was renovated in 2014 and among the items on show are the beautifully carved tombstones of Facilis and Longinus, two Roman soldiers. Guided tours take place a couple of times daily, usually at noon, 1, and 2 (also 3 from March to October), but times vary so call to check. Consult the website for details on occasional evening tours.

Sight Information

Address:

Castle Park, Colchester, CO1 1TJ, England

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Phone:

01206-282939

Sight Details:

  • £8; guided tours £3
  • Mon.–Sat. 10–5, Sun. 11–5; last admission 30 min before closing

Published 08/18/2015

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