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Colchester Castle Park

Colchester Castle Park has something for everyone! 0

Posted on March 27, 2012 by admin

Colchester Castle

Colchester Castle Park is situated to the north east of Colchester Town Centre and is divided into the Upper Park and Lower Park by the Roman Wall that crosses through it east to west. The park spans an area of 11 hectares and is listed Grade II in the English Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Importance.


The Castle Museum, Hollytrees Museum, Play Park, Cafe, Crazy Golf and Bandstand are located in the Upper Park next to the Town Centre. Both are Grade II listed buildings and the Upper Park lies inside the Conservation Area of the Town Centre. The Lower Park is adjacent to the cricket ground and expands downwards to the River Colne.


The park really has something for every age group.  The play park, bouncy castle, crazy golf and boating lake are a real hit with the young (and the young of heart).  The bandstand, gardens and museums can be enjoyed by all.


One of the nicest things to do on a summers day is pack a picnic, take some out door games, chairs, etc and then find a spot on the grass in either the upper or lower park and make an afternoon of it.  In fact this is becoming more and more popular and you often see families holding parties on the lower park.


The park is blessed with many benches.  That means you are never far away of being able to find somewhere to sit down, enjoy the view and people watch.  I would recommend the benched situtaed near the bandstand as they offer great views across the park with the benefit that you can grab a take-away tea from the Cafe in the Park.


On the basis that Colchester was mentioned by Pliny the Elder before his death in AD79, it claims to be the oldest town in Britain and its heritage can be seen by over 2000 years of history in Castle Park. Not only can you enjoy the history of this amazing park, but also the award winning horticulture that the various gardens within the park have to offer.


So whether you want to visit the museums and gardens or just relax and enjoy your free time by sitting, walking, enjoying music, picnicking or playing games in an expansive oasis of green and nature, Colchester Castle Park is the place to be.


Castle Park Events


Make sure to check the Calendar page to see what events are up and coming.  Remember that a number of them are FREE.


Dogs in the Castle Park

Dog Training


Dogs are allowed on a lead in the lower Castle Park.  Dogs are not permitted in the upper Castle Park.   Please be mindful of other park users and ensure that you clean up after your dog.


Bicycles in the Castle Park

Up until March 2012, not cycling was allowed in Colchester Castle Park.  However, a shared cycle lane has now opened on the path that runs alongside the river between middle mill and Leisureworld.  It is important for cyclists and pedestrians to be aware of this shared use so as to avoid accidents.


  • Park Opening Times

    1 April – 30 April
    7.30am to 8pm

    1 May – 31 Aug
    7.30am to 9pm

    1 Sep – 14 Sep
    7.30am to 8pm

    15 Sep – 30 Sep
    7.30am to 7.30pm

    1 Oct – 14 Oct
    7.30am to 7pm

    15 Oct – 31 Oct
    7.30am to 6pm

    1 Nov – 28 Feb
    7.30am to 5pm

    1 March – 14 March
    7.30am to 6pm

    15 March – 31 March
    7.30am to 7pm

  • Colchester 24

    Colchester 24 Book

    The Colchester 24 book is now available. In 1986, a group of photographers captured every day life in Colchester in 24 hours. 25 years later from noon 21st October to noon 22nd October, 200 local photographers captured another 24 hours.

    This book contains a number of the photos from 2011. A must for anyone interested in the history of Colchester!

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