The reconstructed starting gates at the Roman Circus

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The site of the Roman circus was identified in 2004 and 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.

During the 2022 Summer Season, The Visitor Centre is open from 10am to 4pm, Tuesday to Saturday. 
Entry ticket is £3 (£6 with a guided tour at 12 or 2pm). Children under 11 go free.

Roman Circus Cafe

The (independent) Roman Circus Cafe serves home-baked cakes and delicious light refreshments that can be enjoyed in the garden marquee for  customers who are not going to have a look around the Visitor Centre. Indoor tables are available for paying customers to the visitor centre.

Call Sue on 07935 604640 for more details and to book delicious Afternoon Teas.

Wheelchair / pushchair accessible. Free Wi-Fi in circus centre and café.

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Guide Prices

Entrance £3, or £6 with tour of Roman Circus archaeological remains.
Children under 11 go 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.

Roman Circus Visitor Centre

Type:Roman Remains

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

Tel: 01206 501785


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Opening Times

* Apr - Sep: Open Tuesdays to Saturdays, 10.00am to 4.00pm
Oct - Mar: Open Tuesdays to Fridays (Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays closed), 11.00am to 3.00pm.
The Roman Circus Visitor Centre is closed on bank holidays.
Please check website for any unplanned changes to opening hours.

For Cafe enquiries please call 07935 604640