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Colchester Castle

Which is easier to drive without crashing – a car or a chariot?

I don’t think Ben Hur has to worry about competition from either Papa Joe or me when it comes to taking part in a chariot race. It was exhilarating but surprisingly difficult to control the horses by just a few flicks of the reins.

colchester castle chariot

Flick the reins and off you race – try not to crash or drive the wrong way!

Colchester Castle was built on the site of an old Roman temple and has had various roles including a prison. It is now a delightful museum charting the history of Colchester from Roman times.

colchester castle museum 1

The museum has recently been refurbished internally.  Although small, it is packed full of both interactive exhibits and large clearly labelled artifacts.

colchester castle museum 2

Suitable for 3+

Where: Castle Park, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1TJ 
Admission: Entrance fee – Under 4 free, Concessions,  Family Saver Ticket,  annual admission with a Castle Pass 
Facilities: Interactive tablet for hire, Vending machine for drinks. weekends – school lunchroom open for packed lunches
Website: www.cimuseums.org.uk/castle

 The Mayhems are positively encouraged to touch exhibits. Several areas have costumes to try on complete with activity cards. I did try to persuade Papa Joe to dress up as an iron age man but he decided not to!

colchester castle role play

colchester castle activities

Build an arch, follow the trail, discover fun facts or dress up as a Roman

We hired an interactive tablet for our visit  and used the simulation to see how the castle might have looked originally.

colchester castle tablet

Papa Joe using the interactive tablet in The Saxon House

You can also download the castle app for your smart phone.

colchester castle app

Smartphone App

After your visit, take The Mayhems into Castle park which is beside the museum. It is a lovely setting and has a good playground for The Mayhems to let off steam

colchester castle park


Getting There Castle Park, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1TJ 
car parking available in nearby town car parks
Google see map or get directions

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