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Colchester Castle

Colchester Castle is the largest Norman Keep in Europe. Constructed on the foundations of the Temple of Claudius, built when Colchester was the first Roman capital of Britain, the Castle Museum today reveals many fascinating layers of history to visitors. Archaeological collections of international quality covering 2,500 years of history are beautifully showcased, including of the most important Roman finds in Britain.

The Castle is one of England's most important heritage sites and one of the most popular visitor attractions in the East of England.

A visit to Colchester Castle is now bigger, brighter and better than ever before, with brand new interactive displays including new finds and star exhibits like the Colchester Vase and the Colchester Mercury statuette.

Visitors can try out some exciting new experiences - try your hand at building a Norman archway, excavating a Roman doctor's grave or steering a chariot around Colchester's recently uncovered Roman Circus! Be wowed as a large scale 'son et lumière' projection transforms the east wall with light and sound.

There are regular family events, and plenty to occupy children from dressing up to stepping inside a recreated thatched roundhouse. Expert-led tours down into the Roman vaults and up onto the panoramic Castle roof can be booked for a small additional charge, and take place regularly every day.

A newly created Castle App takes visitors on a journey of discovery revealing the Castle as it would have looked in its hey day and reanimating objects with life and colour before your eyes. Tablets pre-loaded with the App can be hired for just £1. Baby changing facilities and two lifts are available for visitors.

The Castle occupies pride of place in Colchester's beautiful Castle Park, adjacent to many other attractions including Hollytrees Museum and the Colchester Visitor Information Centre, firstsite contemporary art gallery, the Natural History Museum and the Minories art gallery and garden café.

Surrounded by a wealth of town centre eating and drinking options, and a variety of independent shops along the historic town walls route (if you have any pocket money left after visiting the new Castle gift shop!), you can build a wonderful and informative family day out in Colchester.