Chariot racing was hugely popular for the Romans and the discovery of a Circus in Colchester in 2005, where the racing would have taken place, underlines the great importance and wealth of Colchester in Roman Britain.
Providing seating for about 8000 people, it would have been a spectacular place to visit and a centre of social life in the late Roman period. The Roman Circus Centre, just off Roman Circus Walk, tells the story of the Circus, with indoor and outdoor displays as well as great café. It is a must visit for anyone interested in Colchester and its Roman history. Visit their website here, and click here to download a PDF with details of their free summer activities.