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Hollytrees Museum

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Address: Castle Park, Colchester CO1 1UG, England
Phone Number: 441206282940
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Follow the story around this beautiful Georgian building taking in domestic...

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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Great piece of history

Hollytrees museum is a great place to visit and learn about Colchester's Victorian past. My wife and daughter found the clock and doll house exhibits exceptionally interesting... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
J.L. B
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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was enjoying my visit untill the floor with the children's toys in .... I'm pretty certain there are some spiritual beings around as they did not Like my being around , I felt ill, and I had the urge to leave to feel better. I think a cleansing is due ... They the children are not happy

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Hollytrees museum is a great place to visit and learn about Colchester's Victorian past. My wife and daughter found the clock and doll house exhibits exceptionally interesting. Definitely worth a visit!

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Colchester B, General Manager at Hollytrees Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, we are so pleased to hear that you and your family enjoyed your visit. Please visit us again as we have changing displays and a variety of events at the museum. More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

This is an excellent museum set over a number of floors. The clocks are fantastic. My grandchildren loved the toy museum. Well worth a visit and its free! Staff are very helpful.

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Colchester B, General Manager at Hollytrees Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, we are so pleased to hear that you and your grandchildren enjoyed your visit. We have a programme of changing exhibitions and family events so we hope to welcome you back again soon. More 

Forest of Dean, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

This museum is well worth a visit and is quite full of interesting tableaus on the three floors. Access is fine for people with a disability by means of a lift from floor to floor. The information office is also in this building on the ground floor.

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Colchester B, General Manager at Hollytrees Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for the review. We are really glad you enjoyed your visit. More 

Guildford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016

So much history, from the 18C onwards, beautifully displayed over ground and first floors. Wonderful childhood/toy section, very nice shop. Extremely informative about the people who first lived here and built the house.

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Colchester B, General Manager at Hollytrees Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for the review. We are really glad you enjoyed your visit. The Victorian owners of the house, the Round family are fascinating and we are very lucky to have so much of their history in our collections. More 

Colchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

A piece of the past beautifully preserved and what a refreshing change it is FREE. Found it to be very interesting and great to while away at least a couple of hours perusing all the old photographs of Colchester and memorabilia. Intend to take my grand daughters in the school holidays as lovely dolls houses and toys from the past... More 

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Selby, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016 via mobile

This small museumis in the Castle grounds next to the Tourist Information. A great hour it two. Lovely park outside for a picnic or just to let the kids run around.

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Thank Christopher C
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

I went to Hollytrees museum when I was in Reception at Lawford Primary School. I had a wonderful time looking around and learning about the history of this amazing house. I returned not long ago and it was just the same all the same memories came back into my head. Admission is FREE. Hollytrees museum a place in my heart... More 

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Thank Brandon R
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016

The tourist information centre is in here ,small shopping area Victorian area ,dolls house ,toy area ,very interactive , laundry display around 2nd world war era, all sorts of areas over 3floors with stairs or lift access.

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Thank fruitbun
Colchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2016

This is a nice little museum. It isn't one you would set a day out for. But during half terms they do work shops for the kids and these you can take ages doing. They're roughly around £3.

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