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Claudius Gateway

Claudius Gateway


Claudius Gateway is temporarily closed, contact the Visitor Information Centre on 01206 282920 for further details and advice on similar attractions.

A stunning coffee house in the heart of Britain’s oldest recorded town, Claudius Gateway is one of Colchester’s newest tourist attractions. The Castle Park development is built around archaeological ruins considered some of the most important finds to date, including remnants of a 400 ft long Roman Arcade which led to the Temple of Claudius. A fundraising campaign, allowing tourists to visit and view the remains for monetary donations has been launched – Proceeds will go to World Food Aid and in turn grants will be available for local and national charities.

“This has to be the best Roman exhibit in Colchester. In my opinion it's as good as the stuff in Rome. It's slickly done with a movie/ recreation of what Claudius' temple would have looked like, along with exposed, preserved and beautifully lit remains which are under glass. There is ample seating to enjoy this fabulous discovery. The best bit of all? It's free, and being run for charity. Afterwards grab a great cup of Paddy and Scott's coffee and enjoy the view of the castle at one of the lovely outdoor tables. This is a "must visit" whether you live in Colchester or whether you're just visiting, make sure this is on your list of places to visit.” – Isobel Sanderson, Colchester.”

Credit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsEnglish Heritage PropertyEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

Children welcomeDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Guided tours for individualsGuided tours for groupsSmoking not allowed

Opening details

Mon to Sat: 9-5pm
Sun: 10-4pm


Donations welcome but not obligatory

Also at this Venue


Claudius Gateway


One Castle Park,
Castle Bailey,


See location of Claudius Gateway on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: TL 998252  Lat: 51.88976 Long: 0.90258

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Colchester Town station


  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • English Heritage PropertyEnglish Heritage Property
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Guided tours for individualsGuided tours for individuals
  • Guided tours for groupsGuided tours for groups
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed