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Hollytrees Museum

Open Now: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Open today: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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Lovely building but often overlooked

Lovely old building housing free exhibitions of life from the town, etc and also now housing the... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
sfmann106
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Colchester, United Kingdom
Excellent informative and interesting little museum.

Interesting layout and the exhibits are diverse. Definitely not same old same old for museums. Very... read more

Reviewed October 13, 2018
Shazzer214
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Scarborough, 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
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All reviews dolls houses the tourist information centre free entry interesting displays old house children's toys childhood toys clock room local history clock collection nice collection lovely georgian building colchester castle worth a visit three floors school trip a lot of fun
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Reviewed 5 days ago

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

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

Thank Shazzer214
Reviewed September 23, 2018 via mobile

What can I say, all sorts in here, a lovely building to explore with well displayed objects and interactive units and trails that would entertain children (and entertained us adults!). Toy and childhood room my favorite. A nice way to spend a few hours. Combined...More

Thank Katherine643
Reviewed August 31, 2018

The museum is in the park and close to the castle. It also houses the tourist information centre. Admission is free. There is a lift in the building. A good collection of items, clocks, old household things, childhood toys, dolls houses etc. It was quiet...More

Thank 1147GG
Reviewed August 30, 2018

The museum is set in a lovely Georgian building previously home to Charles Gray – a prominent member of parliament for Colchester. The museum is interesting enough but a little bit too rambling with an eclectic mix of items. Not being a local I found...More

Thank HM654
Reviewed August 28, 2018 via mobile

0-5 year old children love it here. They can see all the old toys, games and even have the chance to dress up. The staff are friendly and welcoming. They always accommodate us leaving our buggies in a safe and secure place when requested

Thank Kimmie_Rose
Reviewed July 22, 2018

Lovely old building, entrance is free as is all museums in Colchester. Tells you about life in Colchester over a 100 years ago. The travel information office is also located in this building and there are clean public toilets next door.

Thank Carla M
Reviewed July 1, 2018

Nice little interesting museum housed in a 18th century mansion. A nice collection of artefacts of which the ones on the first floor, dealing with everyday household, were most interesting to me. Other rooms are filled with childrens toys and clocks. Good for an hour

Thank SeimenBurum
Reviewed June 25, 2018

This is inside the park its a great little musem it tells you who lived there old toys they played with what they wore and used its free so great for everyone

Thank lisagilbert2015
Reviewed June 17, 2018

If you take the kids here, its good once or twice, but nothing much changes and they get bored, only went because of the school passport scheme.

Thank Regina W
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