Gosbecks Archaeological Park
The Archaeological Park is one of the most significant Iron Age and Roman sites in the country. Enjoy a walk and discover the highlights of the site with the interpretation boards around the Park.
Excavations in the fields surrounding the farm (probably named after the 13th century land owner, Rodger de Gosebek) began n the 19th century with the discovery of a Roman temple by an amateur archaeologist, the Revernd Henry Jenkins. However the true scale of the site wasn't known until archaeologists examined aerial photographs of the area in the 1930's.
Once the focus of the extensive pre-Roman settlement of Camulodunum (present day Colchester) and the royal seat of a succession of native Kings, Gosbecks Archaeological Park offers today's visitor a mix of outstanding Archaeological evidence, historic and natural landscape and pleasant country walks.
The park includes the largest of the five known Roman theatres in Britain, with seating for up to 5,000 people, and a Roman-Celtic Temple sitedwithin a large four sided precinct. The sacred precinct was surrounded by a double portico or corridor almost a quarter of a mile long.
The theatre, temple and portico have been fully indicated in outline on the ground, following survey and excavation by archaeologists.
ContactColchester & Ipswich Museums Service
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VenueGosbecks Archaeological Park
Gosbeacks Rd, Colchester, CO3 4RN
Map reference: TL 968230 Lat: 51.87125 Long: 0.85803
BY ROAD: From Colchester take the B1022 Maldon Road, Turn right at the roundabout onto Gosbecks Rd. The park consists of two fields on either of Olivers Lane.
BY BUS: Number 75 from Colchester Bus station hourly service.