Take a journey through 2000 years of British History in the oldest recorded town in Britain. Colchester is home to Colchester Castle which in turn is home to Colchester Castle Museum!
2000 years of history
Located in the town centre of Colchester, at the East end of the High Street, Colchester Castle is a great day out for all the family. The award-winning museum has a huge emphasis on hands-on displays and interactive exhibits making it popular with children of all ages. The story starts with the Roman beginnings of the castle when the Temple of Claudius was situated on the site and ends with the Norman keep that we see today.
Saxons, Normans and Romans
Follow the routes around the museum to learn about these fascinating eras. There’s plenty to do as well – why not put on a toga, feel some real Roman pottery and stand in a very realistic remake of a prison from Witch hunting times.
In 1645, the Witchfinder General, Matthew Hopkins, used Colchester Castle to lock up and interrogate individuals he suspected of being witches. The months between 1645 and 1647 saw the largest witch hunt in English history and it was Matthew Hopkins self declared mission to rid East Anglia of these beings. Ducking was his favourite method of “proof” – if the woman drowned then she was innocent and if she lived she was a witch! Children will love the historical and real-life witch stories and you can take them to the dungeon to experience a recreation of the prison where they were held!
Exhibitions in the Colchester Castle
With an exciting programms of changing exhibitions, Colchester Castle Museum is a great venue at any time of the year. Exhibits at any time could focus on Medieval Treasures, Mammoths in the Museum and even the works of a Medieval surgeon (not for the feint hearted!)
Nearest train station : Colchester Town (5 minute walk)
Parking : NCP a short walk away (nearest are St Botolphs, Britannia and Osborne St
Website : www.colchestermuseums.org.uk