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Hollytrees Museum

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Great free museum

We recently visited Colchester for the weekend and whilst passing decided to pop in and see if it... read more

Reviewed February 17, 2019
Southminster, United Kingdom
The mansion and estate got its names

... because one of its latter owners, MP Charles Gray, was a gardening enthusiast and planted... read more

Reviewed February 6, 2019
London, United Kingdom
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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...more
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Castle Park, Colchester CO1 1UG, England
+44 1206 282940
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All reviews dolls houses the tourist information centre free entry interesting displays childhood toys clock room nice collection lovely georgian building clean public toilets local history great insight colchester castle three floors worth a visit a lot of fun visiting colchester all ages
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Not too much here, but what is is very enjoyable. Child life exhibit very interesting, gives good insight into life in the past. However, this place focuses very much on the upper class, leaving the lower classes unrepresented. Overall, a good place for a couple...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed February 17, 2019

We recently visited Colchester for the weekend and whilst passing decided to pop in and see if it was worth returning with our children. The museum is within the Information Centre in Castle Park and offers the added bonus of free entry. I wouldn't recommend...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed February 6, 2019

... because one of its latter owners, MP Charles Gray, was a gardening enthusiast and planted hollytrees around. The estate was subsequently passed to the Round family until it was sold to the borough council in the 1920s. ~master jonjon

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed February 4, 2019

An interesting, historical and informative place to visiting that's free, which is becoming a rare thing these days.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank James C
Reviewed January 27, 2019

A lovely and very accessible museum. Something of interest for all ages. Packed with all manner of artifacts. Not good for those with mobility issues as plenty of stairs between floors.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed January 16, 2019

A free museum and wonderful to wander around. Having grown up in Colchester and visited this museum many years ago, it was lovely to revisit and see how much it had developed. Impressive.

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Sue G
Reviewed January 13, 2019

Wow had a lovely hour or two and free!! Lots of interesting exhibits kept my grandson amused which was a real achievement!!

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank John P
Reviewed January 2, 2019

A amazing museum, set over three floors ,several rooms each depicting different eras of Colchesters history. Well worth a visit.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Jim H
Reviewed November 16, 2018

Lovely old building housing free exhibitions of life from the town, etc and also now housing the tourist information centre. Often sadly overlooked, as rather tucked away behind the toilets to the right of the High Street war memorial and entrance to the Castle Park....More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank sfmann106
Reviewed October 13, 2018

Interesting layout and the exhibits are diverse. Definitely not same old same old for museums. Very tactile and lots of interesting aspects that people of all ages can relate to. Would definitely recommend. Also not so big as to be overwhelming but big enough and...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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