Visitors flock to new look castle

Gazette: New look Colchester Castle attracts 4,000 visitors in ten days New look Colchester Castle attracts 4,000 visitors in ten days

MORE than 4,000 people have visited Colchester Castle since it re-opened on the May Bank Holiday weekend.

The newly refurbished castle has proven an instant hit with visitors.

In the ten days following the re-opening, on May 2, more than 4,000 visitors went through the doors compared to 1,700 in the same period in 2012.

Bill Seaman, Colchester and Ipswich Museums Manager put the increase down to a “mix of fascinating history and modern technology for all ages”.

He added: “Over the coming months we have a packed schools programme with visits booked in almost every day, and those taking our museum passes is rising too, so it is going to be a really busy summer for everyone.”

The castle closed in March 2013 in order to under go a £4.2million redevelopment.

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12:14am Thu 15 May 14

greenbroker says...

A shame that 60+ have to pay the full ticket price.
A shame that 60+ have to pay the full ticket price. greenbroker
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2:26am Thu 15 May 14

Boris says...

greenbroker wrote:
A shame that 60+ have to pay the full ticket price.
If you join Friends Of Colchester Museums @ £7 a year, or £12 for a couple, you get free entry for the whole calendar year. And there is a full programme of lectures on local history. It will be going up next year, but join now to enjoy the benefit.
www.tfocm.com
[quote][p][bold]greenbroker[/bold] wrote: A shame that 60+ have to pay the full ticket price.[/p][/quote]If you join Friends Of Colchester Museums @ £7 a year, or £12 for a couple, you get free entry for the whole calendar year. And there is a full programme of lectures on local history. It will be going up next year, but join now to enjoy the benefit. www.tfocm.com Boris
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7:22am Thu 15 May 14

A Very Private Gentleman says...

Yes and can is say the new tourist office at Holy-trees was packed to the rafters yesterday, that is a success as well dare one say it.
AVPG:
Yes and can is say the new tourist office at Holy-trees was packed to the rafters yesterday, that is a success as well dare one say it. AVPG: A Very Private Gentleman
  • Score: 2

10:52am Thu 15 May 14

romantic says...

Boris wrote:
greenbroker wrote:
A shame that 60+ have to pay the full ticket price.
If you join Friends Of Colchester Museums @ £7 a year, or £12 for a couple, you get free entry for the whole calendar year. And there is a full programme of lectures on local history. It will be going up next year, but join now to enjoy the benefit.
www.tfocm.com
Thanks, Boris, that's good to know, I will be signing up for this!
[quote][p][bold]Boris[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]greenbroker[/bold] wrote: A shame that 60+ have to pay the full ticket price.[/p][/quote]If you join Friends Of Colchester Museums @ £7 a year, or £12 for a couple, you get free entry for the whole calendar year. And there is a full programme of lectures on local history. It will be going up next year, but join now to enjoy the benefit. www.tfocm.com[/p][/quote]Thanks, Boris, that's good to know, I will be signing up for this! romantic
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1:11pm Thu 15 May 14

wearebeingwatched says...

greenbroker wrote:
A shame that 60+ have to pay the full ticket price.
Why should 60+ get discounted entrance, there are plenty of 60+ that are in a much better financial position those under 60+ and vice versa, therefore to be fair to all, all pay the same.
[quote][p][bold]greenbroker[/bold] wrote: A shame that 60+ have to pay the full ticket price.[/p][/quote]Why should 60+ get discounted entrance, there are plenty of 60+ that are in a much better financial position those under 60+ and vice versa, therefore to be fair to all, all pay the same. wearebeingwatched
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