colchester castle essex

Colchester claims to be the oldest recorded town in England, this is desputed by nearby Suffolk neighbour Ipswich. One claim which is without dispute true is that the castle is the largest Norman keep in Europe. It is home to a splendid display of artiefacts including those of the Romans as well as a display of the Siege of Colchester during the English Civil War. Situated in Castle Park in the town centre. Allow at least 3 hours for your visit.
Hollytrees is a beautiful Georgian town house in the gronds of the award-winning Castle Park. built in 1718 it has been owned by some of the wealthiest families in Colchester. Now a fascinating museum for all to enjoy and explore.

A museum where history is told with fun and humor. Visit the childhood gallery with its large playroom with snakes and ladders in the floor and displays celebrating Colchester’s famous nursery rhymes Old King Cole and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. (Although Colchester claims to be the birth place of the latter this is disputed by Suffolk’s town of Lavenham who also lay claim to the place where the rhyme was written).

Be transported back to the days before washing machines to ty out dolly pegs, or marvel at the Hollytrees dolls house.

Admission is free, open Mon-Sat 10am-5pm and 11ma-5pm Sundays. Situated at the end of the High Street, near Colchester Castle.

The town’s big claim to fame is it’s award-winning Zoo. One of the finest in Europe it is open all year round (except Christmas Day). Situated on Mauldon road, Stanway. Tel: 01206 331292. Feed elephants and giraffes, touch snakes or help fly a bird of prey. Constant changing and updating a new addition is the Playa Patagonia (underwater sea lion experience). Allow a full day for your visit.