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Hollytrees Museum

Castle Park, Colchester CO1 1UG, England
+44 1206 282940
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A very child friendly museum

Hollytrees is just big enough to engage with children, the revamped layout is very accessible and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Geoffrey I
Colchester, United Kingdom
via mobile
Large former home full of clocks and childhood momentoes

This free to visit museum also houses the Colchester Tourist Centre. There is a lift to the 1st... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
London UK
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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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Castle Park, Colchester CO1 1UG, England
+44 1206 282940
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Reviewed 1 week ago 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 4 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 8 May 2017

Living locally I hadn't been here for years. It is a lovely little museum. Well set out, with lots of interesting information. Well worth a visit.

Thank Sarah G
Reviewed 22 April 2017 via mobile

Visited with my 8 and 3 year old children whilst on a trip to the town centre. We all really enjoyed it. We spent around 40 minutes walking around and really liked the dolls houses and clocks. The children both loved that there were things...More

Thank Amazamum
Reviewed 16 April 2017

Great place for all the family to enjoy and experience. Some very interesting exhibits with hands-on activities to make it fun for the children.

Thank freddiebooboo
Reviewed 16 April 2017

Whilst visiting Colchester Castle we decided to take a look at Holytrees as it was free. For such a small place they have managed to fit a fair bit in & interactive things for the children as well, in fact one of the rooms is...More

Thank Dan B
Reviewed 14 April 2017

This a fantastic piece of Victorian history all under one roof so much to see over three floors a beautiful place

Thank pharoah48
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