Colchester Castle sees record numbers of visitors

When it took part in Heritage Open Days, England’s largest free festival of history and culture

Date issued: 18 September 2019

Colchester Castle saw record numbers of visitors through its doors, last weekend, when it took part in Heritage Open Days, England’s largest free festival of history and culture.

The castle joined hundreds of historic venues across the country by opening for free, enabling visitors to celebrate the country’s heritage, community and history.

The castle welcomed a record 3,861 visitors, on what turned out to be a glorious sunny day. Queuing visitors were entertained by the venue’s very own jester, adding to the fantastic atmosphere on the day.

The record numbers of visitors were able to enjoy the museum’s vast collections, including its new exhibition Adorn: Jewellery, The Human Story, which explores our fascination with jewellery and personal adornment. With items on display from the Bronze age right up to the modern day it’s one not to miss. Find out more at colchester.cimuseums.org.uk/adorn

It’s not too late to visit some of Colchester’s other significant and historical buildings for free, as Heritage Open Days continues for a second week ending on Sunday 22 September. Please visit visitcolchester.com/HODS19 to download a programme to find out which places are open this weekend. Alternatively, pick up a copy of the Heritage Open Days brochure from the Visitor Information Centre, Colchester Castle or other selected outlets across the town centre.

Councillor Julie Young, Portfolio Holder for Culture and Performance and Deputy Leader of the Council said: “I am overwhelmed at how many people ventured out and celebrated Heritage Open Days at the castle. With yet another weekend ahead of free entry to some of Colchester’s most historical buildings, there are still plenty of opportunities to find out more about Colchester’s rich heritage and history.”

Heritage Open Days in Colchester is coordinated by Colchester and Ipswich Museum Service, with assistance from local heritage organisations and funding from Colchester Borough Council. It is part of the national event coordinated by the National Trust, with support from players of the People’s Postcode Lottery, and is England’s contribution to European Heritage Days.

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