Plan Your Visit

Lewis Gardens,
High Street,

Telephone: 01206 713 700

Email: [email protected]

By car

There is good access to Colchester from all parts of the country via the A12, A120, M25 and A14. 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.

Outside the building is a drop-off point for cars and coaches and special access for disabled visitors. We are a short walk from all Colchester’s town centre car parks – locations of nearest car parks are marked on the map above. Find out more about parking in Colchester.

By bus

The High Street, Queen Street and East Hill are well served by many local bus routes. For bus times, check Network Colchester’s website or phone 01206 877620. Find out more about public transport in Colchester.

By rail

Firstsite is a few minutes’ walk from Colchester Town Station (see map) or 25 minutes’ walk from Colchester mainline station. Journey time from London Liverpool Street to Colchester is approximately 50 minutes on Abellio Greater Anglia services. For more information or to plan your route, please visit National Rail Enquiries.


Firstsite’s exhibitions are free and open to anyone.

Concessionary prices are avialble for most of our paid events.

Concessions include the following:

  • Senior Citizen (over 60s)
  • Disabled Person
  • Full Time Students (NUS card or student ID required)
  • ES40 Holders / Job Seeker (ID required)
  • Personal Assistants are offered a free ticket for any session when accompanying a person with disabilities.

Firstsite members can benefit from concession rates for some of our sessions, please remember to tell us if you are a member when booking.


  • Baby Changing

    Baby Changing

    We have two baby changing units which are located in the blue and yellow accessible toilets.

    Please request a key from our welcome desk if you would like to use this facility.

  • Cloakroom


    You can leave coats and luggage in the cloakroom behind our reception desk. A £1 donation is much appreciated.

  • Disabled

    Disabled Access

    Firstsite is fully accessible, with level access throughout. A wheelchair is available (on a first come, first served basis). Assistance dogs are welcome. Personal Assistants are offered a free ticket for any session when accompanying a person with disabilities.

  • Disabled

    Disabled Parking

    4 disabled parking bays are available next to the Firstsite entrance. These are  allocated on a first come, first served basis. Please telephone our welcome desk on 01206 216700 when planning your visit so we can ensure easy access.

  • First Aid

    First Aid

    There are first aid boxes located around the building and Duty Managers are trained in Emergency First Aid.

  • Food & Drink

    Food and Drink

    Refreshments are available in the café located in the entrance of the building, and there are allocated dining spaces throughout the building and on the terrace. Please don’t take food or drink into the exhibition spaces.

  • Hard of Hearing

    Hard of Hearing

    Hearing loops are accessible in our cinema, meeting rooms and learning spaces. Assistance dogs are welcome.

  • Blind or Partially Sighted

    Blind and Partially Sighted

    Assistance dogs are welcome throughout the building.

  • Information


    If you need help or more information before or during your visit, our staff will be happy to help. Ask at the welcome desk, or contact +44 (0)1206 713 700 or [email protected] with any questions.

  • Toilets


    Fully accessible toilets are available throughout the building.