Refine your search
Gosbecks Archaeological Park
Archaeological Site, free entry
The Archaeological Park is one of the most significant Iron Age and Roman sites in the country. Enjoy a walk around the Park, discovering the highlights of the site with the interpretation boards.
Excavations in the fields surrounding the farm (probably named after the 13th century landowner, Rodger de Gosebek) began in the 19th century with the discovery of a Roman temple by an amateur archaeologist, the Reverend Henry Jenkins. However, the true scale of the site wasn't known until archaeologists examined aerial photographs of the area in the 1930s.
Once the focus of the extensive pre-Roman settlement of Camulodunum (present day Colchester) and the royal seat of a succession of native kings, Gosbecks Archaeological Park offers today's visitor a mix of outstanding Archaeological evidence, historic and natural landscape and pleasant country walks.
The park includes the largest of the five known Roman theatres in Britain, with seating for up to 5,000 people, and a Romano-Celtic Temple located within a large four-sided precinct. The sacred precinct was surrounded by a double portico or corridor almost a quarter of a mile long.
The theatre, temple and portico have been fully indicated in outline on the ground, following survey and excavation by archaeologists.
TL 973223 51.86513 0.86547
BY ROAD: From Colchester take the B1022 Maldon Road, Drive straight ahead at the roundabout, the carpark for the archaeological park is immediately on the left hand side. The park consists of two fields on either side of Olivers Lane.
BY BUS: Number 75 from Colchester Bus station hourly service.