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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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The house on the edge of the park

Small museum in an elegant Georgian house, Grade I listed building. Displays demonstrating family life of the rich and poor in Georgian and Victorian Colchester. Fascinating... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Judith S
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London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Small museum in an elegant Georgian house, Grade I listed building. Displays demonstrating family life of the rich and poor in Georgian and Victorian Colchester. Fascinating display of historic toys, clocks and full model of Hollytrees House. It is claimed that three of the best known Nursery Rhymes originated in Colchester. Humpty Dumpty, Old King Cole and Twinkle Twinkle Little... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A fantastic museum and a look at Colchesters past. From the 18 hundreds right through to the second world war lots to see and do. But best of all its FREE entry. There is a lift for disabled people to use to its fully accessible.

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Thank Paul H
billericay
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Free, local history set in a historic building. Good collection of Grandfather clocks. Perfect for a rainy day in Castle Gardens

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Thank martinryder1956
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a lovely little museum adjacent to Colchester Castle and is a gem of a place. It was lovely to see the displays and read the pieces of historic information. I particularily like the Dolls Houses and my sons enjoyed the toy room dispaying older toys. The beautiful views out of the windows onto castle park were enjoyable, making... More 

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Colchester B, Curator at Hollytrees Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your review Perfumestevie, we’re really glad you enjoyed your visit. The Victorian Dolls Houses in Hollytrees Museum are some of visitors’ favourite objects. Our conservator has recently given them a spring clean! We hope to welcome you back for another visit soon. More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016 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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Colchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2016

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 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2016 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
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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122 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
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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Thank Nyree13
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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46 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
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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