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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.
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
- Dogs Accepted
- Gift shop
- Public toilets
- Smoking not allowed
- Accepts groups
- Coach parties accepted
Map & 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.