Getting here

Lewis Gardens
High Street

Telephone: 01206 577 067


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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 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 North mainline station. Journey time from London Liverpool Street to Colchester is around 50 minutes on InterCity services, and around an hour on local services. Plan your journey.


firstsite has concessionary prices for most of its paid sessions. 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 get concessions for some of our sessions please remember to tell us if you are a member when booking.

Opening times

Tuesday - Sunday 10am – 5pm

During your visit - kind notices

There is a cloakroom behind our reception desk which can accommodate luggage. We suggest a £1 donation.

Please do not bring food or drink into the gallery spaces. Photography is not permitted inside the building. firstsite asks visitors to refrain from touching the artworks.

If you have any queries during your visit, do not hesitate to ask a firstsite gallery assistant (wearing black t-shirts), who will be happy to help.


firstsite is fully accessible. Please contact +44 (0)1206 577 067 or with any questions.

Our exhibition guides are available in large print format. Assistance dogs are welcome.

Hearing loops are accessible in our auditorium, Meeting rooms and Learning spaces.

Disabled parking bays are available - allocated on a first come, first served basis, please telephone prior to your arrival so we can arrange for easy access to the disabled parking bays.

We have level access throughout. There is a wheelchair available on a first come, first served basis.

firstsite now offers audio described tours of the current exhibitions led by skilled Gallery Assistants. Available everyday during opening hours.

Booking essential, call 01206 577 067 or email: for more information or to book.

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