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Mountfitchet Castle and Norman Village

Castle / Fort

Lower Street
CM24 8LY

Tel: 01279 813237

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Mountfitchet Castle and Norman Village

Welcome to the national award-winning Mountfitchet Castle and Norman Village – a unique all-weather, all-in-one heritage entertainment complex where prehistory, history and nostalgia combine to make one great full exciting day out for the whole family.
Mountfitchet Castle is a unique history time capsule. With its commanding position overlooking the Stort Valley it is situated on its original site, which is steeped in history. Formerly an Iron Age hill fort, this historic site was also a Roman signals fort and later a Saxon and Viking settlement before being attacked in 1066 by the invading army of William the Conqueror who built his wooden Motte and Bailey castle here. This world-famous, historically accurate reconstructed castle and village enables the visitor to travel back in time to 1066 Norman England. Explore the Castle and roam through the Norman Village hidden behind the castle walls. Wander in and out of the many houses and dwellings, climb King Johns watch tower, have a go at the grinding wheel, sit in the stocks, try on a chain mail coif, marvel at the life sized medieval siege weapons and try to lift a heavy Knights sword - view the scenes, smell the log fires burning and experience the ambience of an ancient bygone lifestyle – a living history, hands-on and interactive experience. The children can enter the free treasure hunt to receive a reward. Mingle with and hand feed the many rescued animals including deer, goats and sheep that roam freely throughout the castle grounds and listen out for the echoes of long-forgotten voices...

The House on the Hill Toy Museum is one of our country’s most popular visitor attractions for both young and old. It contains the largest toy collection in the world with toys from the Victorian era right up to the 1990s. Over 70,000 individual items from trains, lead and tin toys, Meccano, Action Man and Sindy to Raleigh Choppers, teddy bears, annuals, games, dolls and dolls houses. If you liked Thunderbirds, Star Wars, Six Million Dollar Man, Barbie and Sindy then you’ll love our Toy Museum. It’s a gigantic Aladdin’s cave of nostalgia and we challenge you not to say “I used to have one of those!”. The House on the Hill is also home to our Showbiz Collection where you will see items such as the famous Only Fools and Horses three-wheeled van and a large Dads Army display. Also some amazing film and TV artefacts including props, costumes and life size figures from Star Wars and Dr Who, come and see the Tardis and Daleks as used in the famous films and programmes. Don’t miss the Rock ‘n’ Roll exhibition celebrating the golden era of the 60s and 70s See our original Wurlitzer Juke Box, rare concert posters and a vast amount of guitars signed by the stars of the time. Marvel at the life-size figures of the Beatles, Elvis and even an animated Marilyn Monroe. The Toy Museum is full of surprises around every corner. You can enjoy playing on the ‘end of the pier’ amusement slot machines with real old pennies and see the ‘What the Butler Saw’ machines that shocked Edwardian England. View a fascinating display on the 1914- 1918 and 1939-1945 World Wars including the Blitz years, Home Front  and Battle of Britain memorabilia and relics - try on helmets and gas masks. Stand next to life sized figures of Pirates, Cowboys, Clowns, Terminator and even a giant Polar Bear for super photo opportunities. Did you know we have the only surviving replica of the Royal Crown Jewels in England? And when was the last time you saw a Sinclair C5? A great handson and interactive experience. Browse in the collectors’ shop and antiques centre where you can buy or sell items from yesteryear ranging from historical items and toys to rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia and militaria items. Why not view our online collectors toyshop at. www.goldsmithsantiquetoyscollectables.co.uk.  As you make your way up the hill to the Toy Museum, encounter the life size dinosaurs guarding the entrance and beware the pterodactyl ready to swoop down and attack... We also have Velociraptors and a T-Rex! You can try your hand at Fossil hunting in our Palaeontology house, can you find the Velociraptors claw? Spookily located within the Toy Museum is The Haunted Manor, if you’re feeling brave enough to walk through the chilling chambers to the bewitched Victorian bedroom then a small extra entrance fee applies. But beware... this is not for the faint hearted!

The House on the Hill Toy Museum is always interested in purchasing items for the museum including WW1 & WW2 Militaria, old games, dolls and teddies, trains and die cast items and anything unusual. Please contact the museum for more information.

Mountfitchet Castle hold several special events throughout the year, please visit our website for details www.mountfitchetcastle.com

We are a 20 minute train ride from Cambridge to Stansted Mountfitchet station on the mainline Cambridge to London line. The Stansted Mountfitchet station is located at the foot of the Castle.

By road via M11 it is a 25 minute car journey from Cambridge.


Opening Times

Opening Times (10 Mar 2020 - 11 Nov 2020)
Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change


Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult£11.00 per ticket
Child 3 - 13 years£9.00 per ticket
Child under 3Free
Seniors£10.50 per ticket

Entrance to both Mountfitchet Castle and The House on the Hill Toy Museum are included in the one admission price.

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