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Visitor Centre, free entry

Roman Circus Centre

Roman Circus Centre


The site of the Roman circus was identified in 2005 and it represents the only known Roman circus in Britain. It was a monumental structure and it may have seated up to 8,000 spectators: it would have been used as a venue for spectator sports, including chariot-racing.
The Roman circus site and visitor centre include outdoor and indoor displays and a cafe. The visitor centre is off Roman Circus Walk and it is accessible by car from Butt Road or by cycle/on foot from Circular Road North. There is disabled parking and limited visitor parking on site as well as two public car parks nearby in Butt Road and Napier Road.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsAccepts groups

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs acceptedSmoking not allowed

Free Wi-Fi in circus centre and café.

Opening details

Opening for the 2019 Summer Season on Tuesday 9th April. Open Tuesday to Saturday 11 am to 4 pm and Bank Holidays from Good Friday to August Bank Holiday (Closed Easter Sunday). Open on Heritage Open Days 14th, 15th, 21st and 22nd September. Guided Tours at 12 noon and 1 pm on Saturdays and Bank Holidays, and other times by arrangement. Free on-site parking accessed via the Butt Road Car Park entrance. Closes 4 pm 28th September 2019 for the Winter.


Free entry

FREE entry to Visitor Centre.
Guided tours: £4.50 adults, £2 under 16's, under 5's free.

Events at this Venue

date event
Sun 1 Dec Christmas Craft Market


Roman Circus Walk,


See location of Colchester Roman Circus Centre on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: TL 998245  Lat: 51.88418 Long: 0.89695

Nearby public Pay & Display car-parks in Butt Road and Napier Road. Access for pedestrians and cycles from Circular Road North and Roman Circus Walk. Access for cars from Butt Road.

Parking: free


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed

Free Wi-Fi in circus centre and café.