A model of the Roman Circus


Colchester Roman Circus Centre hosts a free archaeological family fun day crammed with archaeology-related stalls and activities in conjunction with the Council for British Archaeology’s Festival of Archaeology .

Dig up finds in the sand pit, get your hands on some real Roman artefacts or pick up an activity trail and explore the Circus. 

Entrance located at the end of Roman Circus Walk
Food and drink is available in the on site cafe.
No pre-booking required, just turn up.
No parking available on site. Closest available parking is Butt Road or Napier Road car park
Rough terrain outdoors; some areas are not wheelchair accessible 


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  • 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.

Archaeology Day at the Roman Circus Visitor Centre

Type:Historical Event

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

Tel: 01206 501785

Opening Times

Season (30 July 2022)
Saturday10:00 - 15:00


The reconstructed starting gates at the Roman CircusRoman Circus Visitor Centre, ColchesterThe site of the Colchester Roman circus (chariot-racing arena) was discovered in 2004. It was built in the early 2nd century CE and seems to have been in use for about 150 years. It is the only known Roman circus in Britain.