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Where to find us

Firstsite, Lewis Gardens, High Street,
Colchester, Essex, CO1 1JH

Opening times:

Mon: Closed

Tue - Wed: 10am - 5pm

Thu - Sat: 10am - 10pm

Sun: 10am - 5pm

Getting here

By bike

Cycle racks are available outside Firstsite. Helmets and equipment can be left in our free cloakroom in our Welcome Area.

To view the Colchester cycle map and find out more information about cycling in Colchester, visit the Cycle Colchester website.

By bus

The High Street, Queen Street and East Hill are well served by many local bus routes with bus stops just a few minutes’ walk from Firstsite. Queen Street Stop Jc, just by the Curzon Cinema, is our nearest bus stop. This is served by bus routes 64, 64A and 65. Firstsite is also just a 10-minute walk from Colchester’s bus station on Osborne Street.

For bus times, check Network Colchester’s website or phone 01206 877620 and Essex County Council’s Interactive Bus and Train map.


Firstsite is just a short walk from Colchester’s High Street and can be reached via a walkway off Queen Street, by the Curzon Cinema, or via Lewis Gardens.

By rail

Journey time from London Liverpool Street to Colchester is approximately 50 minutes on Greater Anglia services with trains running every hour.

Firstsite is a few minutes’ walk from Colchester Town Station via Queens Street. Find out about live train times to and from this station along with live travel updates and specific directions from the station to Firstsite via the Trainline website

Walking from Colchester mainline station takes approx. 25 minutes or short a bus ride. Taxis are also available from outside the station.

For more information or to plan your route, please visit National Rail Enquiries.

You can find out more about visiting Colchester by train, more great venues to visit and events happening in the town, via the Greater Anglia website.

By car

There is good access to Colchester from all parts of the country via the A12, A120, M25 and A14. To reach the town centre by road, exit the A12 at junction 27 and follow signs to the town centre.

Firstsite offers parking for disabled visitors only; there is no on-site parking. Disabled parking bays are allocated on a first come, first served basis – please call 01206 713 700 when planning your visit so we can ensure easy access.

There is a drop-off point for cars and coaches, this is accessible from Lewis Gardens – cars can pull in just in front of the bollards for a maximum of 5 minutes.

We have a limited number of accessible parking spaces, these are to the left of our entrance. To access these please drive down Queen Street and take the first turning after the Curzon cinema and then drive up and right, past the front entrance and the spaces will be on your right.

We are a short walk from all Colchester’s town centre car parks, the nearest car parks are Priory Street and Britannia. Find out more about parking in Colchester town centre.

Park and Ride

Alight at the High Street stop, Firstsite is just 5 minutes’ walk long the High Street and onto Queen Street. Find out more about Colchester’s Park and Ride.

By coach

A drop-off point for coaches is situated outside the front of the building – this is accessible from Lewis Gardens.

The Colchester Borough Council run the car park on Sheepen Road which can accommodate coaches. Find out more