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Hollytrees Museum

Castle Park, Colchester CO1 1UG, England
+44 1206 282940
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Interesting.

This museum is free entry and is next to Colchester castle. Lots of exhibits over a few floors... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
CaronIan
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Manchester, United Kingdom
Surprisingly good

As mentioned by others the clock room is really interesting. The museum is free to enter and has... read more

Reviewed 24 December 2017
JeffroNZ
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Auckland, New Zealand
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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
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This museum is free entry and is next to Colchester castle. Lots of exhibits over a few floors. Lots of history belonging to the house and its owners. Well worth a visit if in the area.

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Reviewed 24 December 2017

As mentioned by others the clock room is really interesting. The museum is free to enter and has several rooms to explore. The history of the building is interesting along with its links to the castle (on the same grounds).

Thank JeffroNZ
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Reviewed 30 November 2017

The building itself has an interesting history; the museum itslef is very good on the people of Colchester. The clock gallery is superb with some lovely early examples of long case clocks The musuem is set in excellent grounds and the Castle is nearby. The...More

Thank Andy B
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Reviewed 29 October 2017 via mobile

My daughter has always enjoyed going to the Hollytrees museum growing up as she loves the dolls houses. It is always worth popping in for a look around when in Colchester castle park as there is lots to look at and it's free!

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Reviewed 3 October 2017

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

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Reviewed 26 September 2017

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

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Reviewed 23 September 2017

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
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Reviewed 22 September 2017 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
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Reviewed 20 September 2017

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

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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
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