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Hollytrees Museum

Castle Park, Colchester CO1 1UG, England
+44 1206 282940
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Such a lovely place to visit whilst in Colchester

I took my little girl here recently, luckily they had a lift to access, as there are lots of stairs... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Essex, UK
A real find

Beautiful setting. Went in initially to the Tourist Information centre attached but the visit to... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Perth, United Kingdom
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Follow the story around this beautiful Georgian building taking in domestic life and childhood in Colchester over the past 300 years. Meet many different characters from the past and experience Colchester's fascinating history. Discover what family life was life for the rich and the poor. Then be transported back to the days before washing machines to try out a dolly peg and dress up as a servant.
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  • Average5%
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Castle Park, Colchester CO1 1UG, England
+44 1206 282940
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I took my little girl here recently, luckily they had a lift to access, as there are lots of stairs and I had the pushchair with me. The building is a very old house, beautiful inside. There is a small to area which my daughter...More

Thank Simone_Traveller
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beautiful setting. Went in initially to the Tourist Information centre attached but the visit to the museum was a really enjoyable experience. A real insight into social history in beautiful setting

Thank BigRon99
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Situated opposite Colchester Castle Museum, Hollytrees Museum offers a great insight into the lives of its inhabitants as well as their connection with Colchester and Colchester Castle. The house is free to enter and look around. Visitors can look at the Garden Room and learn...More

Thank Ashley P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We have visited here several times over the years. It always facinates me to look through old pictures of people going about their everyday lives and recognising the same places but looking very different today! The Children's room has bits to explore hands on -...More

Thank MaryCharles50
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The museum is free to get in, but please leave a donation... It contains some wonderful things, a lot connected with the area. A room devoted to clocks, the Bernard Mason Clock Gallery, including many wonderful grandfather ones, some 400 years old. A room with...More

2  Thank alisdair t
Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

Hollytrees is just big enough to engage with children, the revamped layout is very accessible and there's plenty of things to appeal to children and families. We went on a mosaic making morning, it was well structured and the children had a lot of fun....More

Thank Geoffrey I
Reviewed 18 July 2017

This free to visit museum also houses the Colchester Tourist Centre. There is a lift to the 1st floor and you are free to wander around the two open floors to look at the paintings, exhibits, clock collection and take in the old atmosphere of...More

Thank AoEgamer1806
Reviewed 14 July 2017

Set in a Georgian building alongside the Castle and containing the Information Cente, Hollytrees Museum is free and focuses on the social history of the town. Known for clock makers, a whole room is dedicated to this profession. Another room houses children's toys over the...More

Thank mgsnorwich
Reviewed 17 June 2017

I remember going here a few times with my school and i always enjoyed myself, I still enjoy it, it's great for little ones and interesting little bits and bob, it's quite small but nice, right on the edge of town and by the castle...More

Thank Zoe F
Reviewed 30 May 2017

This is a real gem if you like museums, it's free to enter and there's plenty to see over three floors. A real delight. Staff very welcoming.

Thank JaxB123
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