Colchester Castle to reopen within weeks

Essex County Standard: Colchester Castle to reopen within weeks Colchester Castle to reopen within weeks

Colchester Castle is to reopen within weeks and will include state of the art displays and virtual chariot racing.

The Castle Park attraction will officially reopen to the public on May 2 after it was closed more than a year ago for a £4.2million refurbishment.

It is hope the project will bring visitor numbers back to 100,000 per year, and they will be able to tour the site using tablet computers.

Councillor Tim Young, cabinet member for culture, said: “People will be given tablets, or iPad equivalents to go round with, it will be very interactive and very family friendly, we can’t wait for the public opening in May.

“I think the public will be blown away by the refurbishment and there will be repeat visitors.”

It is hoped with the refurbishment more than 15,000 children will also visit as a part of schools trips.

Ticket prices for the castle are also set to be increased but Colchester Council is yet to announce what they will be.

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7:02pm Fri 21 Mar 14

25414nora says...

Our Jewel in the crown. I hope the refurbishment justifies the year long closure. personally I liked the way it was, but that's just me. I'm told the changes are really very good, so I'll keep an open mind. I'm interested to know what the entrance fees will be.
The last time I visited York Cathedral 'as I recall' there was no hard and fast payment for visitors, Just a recommended minimum donation.
I thought that was a good idea, But that was some time ago, things may have changed since then. Situated in the beautiful castle park. success is a cert.
Our Jewel in the crown. I hope the refurbishment justifies the year long closure. personally I liked the way it was, but that's just me. I'm told the changes are really very good, so I'll keep an open mind. I'm interested to know what the entrance fees will be. The last time I visited York Cathedral 'as I recall' there was no hard and fast payment for visitors, Just a recommended minimum donation. I thought that was a good idea, But that was some time ago, things may have changed since then. Situated in the beautiful castle park. success is a cert. 25414nora
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9:53am Sat 22 Mar 14

jim_bo says...

York Minster is currently £9 for the basic tour.
York Minster is currently £9 for the basic tour. jim_bo
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3:30pm Mon 24 Mar 14

wardyt says...

Perhaps they should get someone high profile to open it....a Royal perhaps!?
Perhaps they should get someone high profile to open it....a Royal perhaps!? wardyt
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11:36pm Mon 24 Mar 14

Simon Taylor says...

An advertisement popped up on the Gazette site a few days ago to promote a chariot racing event around the castle with competing teams: Romans v Britons, Normans v Saxons and Cavaliers v Roundheads. A dedicated website invited sponsorship of £2,500 or £5,000. Did anyone else see it because I can't find it now!?
An advertisement popped up on the Gazette site a few days ago to promote a chariot racing event around the castle with competing teams: Romans v Britons, Normans v Saxons and Cavaliers v Roundheads. A dedicated website invited sponsorship of £2,500 or £5,000. Did anyone else see it because I can't find it now!? Simon Taylor
  • Score: 0

6:42pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Simon Taylor says...

battleoftheages dot co dot uk
battleoftheages dot co dot uk Simon Taylor
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