Upon your arrival in Colchester, park in St Mary's Car Park off Balkerne Hill, and enter Colchester Town Centre the way the Roman Emperor Claudius did in AD 43 - through the town's surviving original entrance gate (although he allegedly entered upon an elephant!).
Make your way up the park to find Colchester Castle. This Norman keep is built on the remains of the Roman Temple of Claudius, the precinct pillars of which have recently been unearthed nearby and should be on display in the coming years. Colchester Castle Museum is full of Roman artefacts found in Colchester's rich archaeological layers, including the stunning Fenwick Hoard of Roman Jewelry discovered in 2014. Join a guided tour of the Museum to visit the remains of the Roman Temple in the Castle's vaults.
Stop off for lunch in Colchester Town Centre in one of the many restaurants, pubs and cafes. Look out for Roman history scattered around the town:
- The Berryfield Mosaic in Firstsite Art Gallery - original mosaic tiling from a Roman Household
- Recycled Roman tiles used to build various buildings throughout the ages. The remarkable Saxon doorway on Holy Trinity Church is believed to be the oldest in Britain. The remains of the Augustinian Priory of St Botolph also has noticeable Red Roman bricks patterned in its walls.
- More Roman Wall remains integrated into the town's boutiques and houses - notably along Priory Street and the back of Vineyard Street Car Park.
Head across the Town Centre towards the remains of a Romano-Christian church in Butt Road, located next to the police station.
Continue down Butt Road, and turn left down Napier road to find Colchester's Roman Circus. This chariot racing track is the only known Roman circus in Britain, dating from around AD 200. Stop off in the museum's cafe for well deserved tea and cake before heading home.
Find out more about Roman Colchester
Find out more about Camulodonum, a prosperous town in Roman Britain, and the dramatic siege by Boudica, queen of the Iceni. Discover the archaeological finds which can tell us fascinating stories of Colchester's tumultuous past.