Colchester Castle was one of William the Conqueror’s major castles and was built upon the foundations of the Temple of Claudius, itself constructed some 1000 years before. Set within the award winning Castle Park, the castle is of great significance in Colchester’s history serving at different times as fortress, goal, private library and of course today as a wonderful museum and, educational resource.
As a museum it is of particular importance, with displays of world class Roman finds, including the wonderful Fenwick Hoard, and glass that could be on sale in department stores today, and other key periods in the history not just of the town but for Britain as a whole. It is designed to appeal to adults and to young people alike using interactive displays, video as well as the more traditional displays.
While in the museum itself, a must is to take advantage of the guided tours led by qualified guides from our Association. They will lead down into the ‘vaults’ of the Castle (in fact the foundations of the Roman Temple upon which the Norman castle sits) and up onto the roof. The views across the town are quite spectacular. From this viewpoint you can see many of Colchester’s other landmarks including the magnificent Town Hall, the water tower ‘Jumbo’, churches including Lion Walk Church (of earthquake fame) and across the Dutch Quarter.
You will more information and details on the Colchester Museums website.