Colchester Castle Parking
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Colchester Castle is an historic site well worth a special visit if you’re near Colchester. This 11th-century castle was built on the ruins of a Roman temple to Claudius, the foundations of which can still be seen if you visit Colchester Castle.
The Castle is the largest Norman keep in Europe, and was eventually used as a prison in the 13th-century, and eventually fell into ruin. It was given as a wedding gift to Charles Gray who became responsible for the castle’s restoration from 1727.
In more modern times - from 1860 - the castle became a museum. Notable pieces in Colchester Castle’s collection include civil war armour, medieval paintings, the Sheepen Cauldron and Celtic coin hoards.
Colchester Castle is located close to the centre of Colchester, a city with a population of around 195,000, 84km from London. The town can be regarded as the oldest in Britain, with a history that can be traced back to the Celtic period and then to Roman settlement. Colchester is one of the driest regions in the UK, with the hottest months typically being July and August.
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Parking at Colchester Castle
Parking at Colchester Castle is available at nearby car parks on Osborne Street and Priory Street.
The Priory Street car park is around a 10-minute walk from Colchester Castle, and is open 24 hours, 7 days a week with 169 spaces available. The charges are below, but please note Saturday charges are different.
Monday to Friday and Sunday
- Up to 30 minutes £0.90
- Up to 1 hour £1.80
- Up to 2 hours £2.70
- Up to 3 hours £3.30
- Up to 4 hours £3.50
- Up to 5 hours £4.40
- Up to 6 hours £4.90
- Up to 7 hours £5.70
- Up to 8 hours £6.50
- Up to 12 hours £7.00
- 12-24 hours £16.50
- Evening (entry after 6:00pm to 8:00am) £2.00
- Up to 30 minutes £1.00
- Up to 1 hour £2.10
- Up to 2 hours £3.10
- Up to 3 hours £3.80
- Up to 4 hours £4.00
- Up to 5 hours £5.10
- Up to 6 hours £5.60
- Up to 7 hours £6.60
- Up to 8 hours £7.50
- Up to 12 hours £8.10
- 12-24 hours £16.50
- Evening (entry after 6:00pm to 8:00am) £2.00
The Osborne Street car park is also convenient to Colchester Castle and the centre of town. It is open 7 days a week between 6:00am and midnight with charges below:
- 1 hour £2.00
- 1 to 2 hours £3.00
- 2 to 3 hours £4.00
- 3 to 24 hours £5.50
- Earlybird £3.20
- Evening rate 5:30pm and 11:59pm £2.50
- Sunday all day £3.50
Alternatively, you can browse the options available at YourParkingSpace. We have short term and long term options available near Colchester Castle.
If you are travelling to Colchester there is more to see than just Colchester Castle. As Colchester was the Roman capital, you will find fragments of the Roman Town Wall erected sometime between 65 and 80AD. The Balkerne Gate is notable for being the most complete Roman gate of it’s kind in the United Kingdom.
The Balkerne Water Tower - affectionately known as Jumbo by the locals - is easy to spot and dates back to 1883. The local Natural History Museum is also a great space to visit if you’re in the city.
A little further out of town you will find Colchester’s Roman Circus Visitor Centre - the site of a Roman Chariot Racing Track. It’s a popular place to visit with children and if you have some time to spare you can even help the archaeologists out with their work.
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By Train: Colchester Town station services the greateranglia line, and is around a 10-minute walk to Colchester Castle and Castle Park.
By Bus: Colchester Bus Station is located on Osborne Street and services local lines as well as other regional lines.
By Car: If you are travelling to Colchester from London follow the A12.
Disabled Parking at Colchester Castle
Parking at Colchester Castle is limited. If you are a blue badge holder you can park by Castle Park in Museum Street, and on High Street.
There are also 7 marked disabled spaces available at the Priory Street car park, and parking here is free for up to 3 hours for Blue Badge holders.
To search for the disabled car park that is closest to Colchester Castle, see the Blue Badge Parking website.
Electric vehicle charging stations are available at several locations in Colchester. The closest ones to Colchester Castle are:
- Asda Colchester
- Waitrose Colchester
A network of all electric vehicle charging points can be found on the government's Go Ultra low website.
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What times is Colchester Castle open?
Colchester Castle is open Monday to Saturday between 10:00am and 5:00pm, and Sunday 11:00am to 5:00pm. Last admission is 4:30pm.
What are the charges for entry at Colchester Castle?
- Adult (inc. Seniors): £10.00
- Child (aged 4-16): £5.95
- Student: £6.95
- Qualifying concession: £6.95*
- 2 x adults plus 1 x child or concession: £23.00
- 1 x adult plus 3 x children or concession: £25.00
- 2 x adults plus 2 x children or concessions: £28.00
What facilities are available at Colchester Castle?
There are 2 accessible lifts, accessible toilets and baby changing facilities, audio guides and vending machines are available on-site.
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