Hollytrees Museum & Visitor Information Centre

“Set in a small park off the High Street, this local museum will be of interest to anyone fascinated by the clock-maker’s craft” - VisitEngland Assessor


Colchester, Essex

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Located in an 18th-century manor house in a small park just off the High Street, Hollytrees is a local museum housing a range of collections, including toys, art, costume and clocks. The Bernard Mason Clock Gallery contains a collection of timepieces made in Colchester, which was once well-known for clock manufacture. There’s a museum shop.

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Hollytrees Museum & Visitor Information Centre
High Street, COLCHESTER, Essex, CO1 1UG
Phone : 01206 282920

About The area

Discover Essex

Essex is full of pleasant surprises. It has the largest coastline of any county in England, with its fair share of castles, royal connections and scenic valleys. Take Colchester, for example, which was built by the Romans and is Britain’s oldest recorded town. Its castle contains the country’s largest Norman keep and yet, a stone’s throw from here, East Anglia’s newest arts centre promises to put Colchester firmly on the map as Essex’s capital of culture.

Tidal estuaries are plentiful and their mudflats offer migrating birds a winter feeding place. Essex was known as the land of the East Saxons and for centuries people from all over Europe settled here, each wave leaving its own distinctive cultural and social mark on the landscape. Walking a little off the beaten track will lead you to the rural retreats of deepest Essex, while all over the county there are ancient monuments to explore: 

  • the great Waltham Abbey
  • Greensted, thought to be the oldest wooden church in the world
  • the delightful village of Pleshey has one of the finest examples of a former motte-and-bailey castle
  • Hedingham Castle, magnificently preserved and dating from the 11th century.

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