IMPORTANT:Following Government advice to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and for the health and well-being of our visitors, we have decided to close the Roman Circus Visitor Centre and Colchester Archaeological Trust offices to the public from today.

We look forward to the time when the current public health issue is resolved and we can re-open.

Please keep safe and healthy!


PLEASE NOTE: Out of concern for the health and well-being of our visitors, the remaining two Colchester Archaeology talks (11 and 25 March) have been postponed until the public health situation is clearer.

If you have pre-paid for your seats, these can be refunded or held over.

We hope you understand our decision and caution, and are not too disappointed. The two talks will be rescheduled for the Autumn, if not sooner. Watch this space!

Sell out lectures!

Due to the spectacular success of the Colchester Archaeology Talks, unless your seats have already been reserved, from 14th February 2020 tickets for the three remaining talks must be bought in advance.

Please pop into the Roman Circus Visitor Centre, Monday to Friday 11 am to 3 pm, to buy your tickets (cash or cheque).

Alternatively, post a cheque to ‘CAT TALKS’ at the Visitor Centre, made payable to Colchester Archaeological Trust, indicating which talk/s you would like tickets for.

Seating is limited to 100, so don’t wait!

Half-Term Roman Circus Experience

Wednesday. 30 October 3019, 11am – 1pm.

Know a little person who’s learning about the Romans this year?


Find out how the people of Roman Colchester liked to have fun watching the chariot races.

Join the Roman lady, Antonia, at Colchester’s Roman Circus.

Find out fascinating facts about the Britain’s only-known Roman chariot-racing track and explore the archaeological remains of the starting gates.

Try some Roman-style food and complete our Roman Circus Quiz.


£5 per child
£3.50 per ‘Roman’ Child (a good excuse to dress up!)
No charge for accompanying adults.

Winter 2019/20 Opening Times

Open for the Winter Season


Good news! Due to the popularity of our recent Dig It! exhibition and public demand to see the Roman Circus archaeological heritage site, the Visitor Centre (but not the Café) will be open to the public MONDAY to FRIDAY, 11 am to 3 pm, until Easter 2020.

If you haven’t been to site of Britain’s only known chariot-racing track yet, or would like to see what has been recently unearthed in Camulodunum, then why not come along on a weekday. The Visitor Centre is a great place to spend some time in on a rainy day!