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The reconstructed starting gates at the Roman Circus

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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. It was built in the early 2nd century AD and seems to have been in use for about 150 years.

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.

Roman Circus Café serves freshly-ground coffee, teas, hot chocolate, sandwiches, cakes and snacks.
Babies and children welcome - our small selection of toys are free for little ones to play with.
Wheelchair / pushchair accessible. Free Wi-Fi in circus centre and café.

Guide Prices

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



  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets

Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)


  • On-site catering
  • On-site light refreshments
  • Picnic site


  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome


  • Facilities for educational visits
  • Facilities for groups


  • Free Parking

Property Facilities

  • Dogs Accepted
  • Gift shop
  • Public toilets
  • Smoking not allowed

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted

Map & Directions


Road Directions

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.The nearest railway station is Colchester Town (St Botolph's), which is 0.6 miles away.

Colchester Roman Circus Centre

Type:Roman Remains

Colchester Roman Circus Centre, Roman Circus Walk, Colchester, Essex, CO2 7GZ

Tel: 01206 501785


  • Other AwardsSelf-assessed Accessibility Information Self-assessed Accessibility Information 2020
  • Visit BritainWe're Good to Go We're Good to Go 2020

Opening Times

* Apr - Sep: Open Tuesdays to Saturdays, 11.00am to 4.00pm plus Bank Holiday Mondays,
Oct - Mar: Open Mondays to Fridays (Saturdays and Sundays closed), 11.00am to 3.00pm (tearoom closed).
Please check website for any unplanned changes to opening hours.

Enquiries and bookings for group tours (party sizes min 10) available all year round.