The Castle

The Castle

Colchester Castle holds over 2000 years worth of history…

…from Royalty to besieges, imprisonments and executions. Standing in Britain’s oldest recorded town, Colchester Castle is the largest surviving Norman Keep in Europe, ordered by William the Conqueror in around 1076 when Colchester became the first Roman capital of Britain.

The foundations it is built on belong to the Roman temple of Claudius and date back to AD 54-50.

In 1727 the Castle was bought and given to Charles Gray as a wedding gift, and in the late 1740s after various restorations, Gray created a private park surrounding the Castle, more commonly known today as Castle Park.

In 1922, the Castle and the associated parkland were acquired by Colchester Borough Council, and the Castle is now a public museum which is open seven days a week.