COLCHESTER Castle will reopen its doors for the public next week for the first time in almost four months.

The castle and its beloved museum have been shut since March, but will reopen next Thursday with a raft of new safety measures in place.

Those wishing to attend will need to call ahead and book a timed slot to visit going forward and visitors may be asked to queue before entry.

Marks will be in place and visitors are advised to ensure they adhere to social distancing rules.

There is a new one-way system in place inside the museum and hand-sanitiser stations are available along the route.

The castle shop is still offering gifts and souvenirs, but contactless payments are encouraged wherever possible.

Julie Young, councillor responsible for culture and performance, said: "We are thrilled to be re-opening on July 23.

"The friendly castle team are looking forward to greeting everyone once again and sharing the Castle’s many treasures with visitors.

"With the school summer holidays approaching, it’s time to #LoveColchesterCastle again and we look forward to seeing you all soon.”

Entry to the castle is available between 10am and 4pm Monday to Saturday, and 11am to 4pm on Sunday.

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The castle's popular Escape Experience is also now available again for private groups of up to six people.