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Castle Park (Colchester)

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Colchester, Essex CO1 1UG United Kingdom

Colchester Castle Park is situated to the north east of Colchester Town Centre and is divided into the Upper Park and Lower Park by the Roman Wall that crosses through it east to west. The park spans an area of 11 hectares and is listed Grade II in the English Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Importance.

The Castle Museum, Hollytrees Museum, Play Park, Cafe, Crazy Golf and Bandstand are located in the Upper Park next to the Town Centre. Both are Grade II listed buildings and the Upper Park lies inside the Conservation Area of the Town Centre. The Lower Park is adjacent to the cricket ground and expands downwards to the River Colne.

The park really has something for every age group.  The play park, bouncy castle, crazy golf and boating lake are a real hit with the young (and the young of heart).  The bandstand, gardens and museums can be enjoyed by all.

One of the nicest things to do on a summers day is pack a picnic, take some out door games, chairs, etc and then find a spot on the grass in either the upper or lower park and make an afternoon of it.  In fact this is becoming more and more popular and you often see families holding parties on the lower park.

The park is blessed with many benches.  That means you are never far away of being able to find somewhere to sit down, enjoy the view and people watch.  I would recommend the benched situtaed near the bandstand as they offer great views across the park with the benefit that you can grab a take-away tea from the Cafe in the Park.

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