Colchester castle and pack garden in Spring ,a fantastic show of Colours in the pack gardens in the Spring.
The Norman baron, Eudo Dapifer, built Colchester Castle, 1075 - 1080, around the podium of the Roman Temple of Claudius, creating the largest Norman keep in Britain.
Colchester had been the first Roman capital of Britain, and the castle is largely built from materials salvaged from the surrounding Roman remains. The castle was partially demolished in 1683, which has led to much speculation about its original height, with the addition of another two storeys being the most popular theory.
The castle now houses an award winning museum, with many exhibits about the Roman history of Colchester. The Roman vaults and other parts of the castle not freely open to the public can be seen on guided tours which are available throughout the day.
For most of its life Colchester Castle was used as a prison. It was most famously used for this purpose in 1645 when the "Witchfinder General" Matthew Hopkins imprisoned suspected witches here. A building designed to keep people out spent most of its life keeping people in. Many castles have been used for this purpose, the most famous being the Tower of London Castles are fascinatingly ambivalent buildings.