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Essex County Hospital, the site of a recent archaeological dig


'Colchester's Street of Tombs' exhibition - highlighting recent excavations at the front of the Essex County Hospital which is an area once crossed by a remarkable and largely under-appreciated Roman street.

Excavations and discoveries in the immediate area over the last 200 years are beginning to provide a clearer picture of what must have been the most prestigious burial area in Roman Colchester. Here, lining the main route in and out of the Roman town, were buried many of the wealthiest and no doubt most influential citizens, some made conspicuous in death by the monuments erected in their honour. A most interesting possibility is the site of a temple to the Egyptian goddess Isis.

An optional, complementary guided tour of the Roman Circus archaeological remains is available following the exhibition visit.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Due to current COVID-19 restrictions and precautions a maximum of 10 visitors will be allowed into our Visitor Centre, at half hour intervals, to see this exciting new exhibition. Under 5's go free, but only 1 child per adult. We will keep our visitors' contact details for 21 days for NHS Test and Trace purposes. Hand sanitising solution available. Please wear a face mask, unless you are exempt.

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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


Colchester's Street of Tombs exhibition


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

Tel: 01206 501785

Opening Times

Season (8 Aug 2020 - 26 Sept 2020)

* General Opening Text