Can you help keep Firstsite fantastic, fun and free?

The impact of shutting Firstsite has been huge for us and the communities we work with, which is why we are reaching out to you to help us.

Whatever you can give today can help us continue our work, collaborate with more communities and find creative solutions to the world we find in front of us.


Donate now

Our galleries, café, and shop are now open everyday 10am – 5pm, with cinema screenings into the evening. Find out what’s on.

There’s no need to book to visit, just turn up! Find out more about our new way of visiting.

Our new Feel Good Artist Activity Pack is available now – download your free copy here

Where to find us

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

Telephone: 01206 713 700

Email:

Opening times:

Welcome area and
Box Office
Mon–Sun: 10am–5pm

Art Gallery
Mon–Sun: 10am–5pm

Firstsite Shop
Mon–Sun: 10am–5pm

Café
Mon–Sun: 10am–5pm

Bar
Mon–Sun: Currently closed





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.

Walking

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.

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.

Outside the building entrance is a drop-off point for cars and coaches and special access for disabled visitors, this is accessible from Lewis Gardens. 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 car park on Sheepen Road can accommodate coaches. Find out more