Castle sights in Colchester
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Built upon the foundations of the Roman Temple of Claudius, England's largest surviving Norman keep (bigger even than that of the Tower of London) was first established in 1076 and now houses an exceptional interactive museum that brings the Romano-British archaeological exhibits to life through a combination of artefacts, videos and hands-on displays. Standout exhibits focus on the Iceni revolt against the Romans, the Siege of Colchester and the Essex witch hunts. There are guided tours of the Roman vaults, Norman rooftop chapel and castle walls. The museum will be closed for redevelopment between January 2013 and Easter 2014.