Colchester Castle welcomes visitors for Heritage Open Days

PUBLISHED: 15 September 2021

Colchester Castle saw a steady number of visitors through its historic doors, this 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 1,352 visitors on Saturday 11 September, in what turned out to be a glorious sunny day. Visitors were able to enjoy the Museum’s vast collections. including its new exhibition Decoding The Roman Dead, which examines the lives of some of Britain’s earliest Romans who were laid to rest almost 2,000 years ago.  

If you couldn’t make the Open Day, fear no. To show its support for Heritage Open Days, Colchester Castle is also offering 15% off standard Castle entry from the 12 September to 11 October*. Head down and discover over 2,000 years of treasures and learn more about Colchester’s rich heritage.

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 19 September. Please visit to discover more.

You can also 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 Darius Laws, Portfolio Holder for Economy, Business and Heritage, said: “I am pleased that so many people celebrated Heritage Open Days at Colchester Castle. Colchester has an incredible story to tell and we've got some of the country's most important artefacts on display in our amazing Castle Museum. With another weekend ahead of free entry to some of Colchester’s most historical buildings, Heritage Open Days is not yet over for 2021.”

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 the People’s Postcode Lottery, and is England’s contribution to European Heritage Days.


Page last reviewed: 15 September 2021


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