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If you have never been it's worth a visit.

I think we are very lucky to have such an amazing building in Colchester which displays art works... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Essex, United Kingdom

Was interested in visiting this modern building, although a bit tucked away. Free admission. A very... read more

Reviewed September 1, 2018
London, United Kingdom
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Firstsite is a visual arts organisation based in Colchester, Essex. Firstsite's stunning golden building was designed by the Uruguayan architect Rafael Vinoly, and opened in September 2011. The gallery initiates world-class exhibitions by...more
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Site Office High Street | Lewis Gardens, Colchester CO1 1PG, England
+44 1206 713700
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed July 13, 2015

Colchester is very lucky to have Firstsite. Built on what was once the site of a massive concrete car park with a bus station underneath (where I spent much of my youth going to and from school), this bold new building is rather striking. And...More

8  Thank helvissa
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Reviewed December 15, 2015

The blank space hereon so completely summarises the facility and the interesting detail is the exit sign.

8  Thank Chris G
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I think we are very lucky to have such an amazing building in Colchester which displays art works from all over the globe.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Never been to Firstsite but what an eye opener. Staff warm, friendly, knowledgable on the food, coffee, services and locality. The building full of culture and opportunities for a visitor. I enjoyed a wonderful honey cake and coffee. The coffee's were excellent and origins well...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Been there several times but never been happy it seems very staged. I left almost as soon as I entered let's hope it improves.

Thank Chris C
Reviewed October 1, 2018

A fantastic exterior and interior. The staff a very helpful. the Cafe is brilliant. Despite it being around for a while remains very well looked after. Worth attending some of the shows/ activities/films there.

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Reviewed September 1, 2018

Was interested in visiting this modern building, although a bit tucked away. Free admission. A very spacious gallery area. A few people in the cafe area but we were the only people looking around the exhibits. Very quiet , you could hear your own footsteps...More

Thank 1147GG
Reviewed August 30, 2018

Went here with my family recently and none of us are impressed. There are very few things of any interest here, the building feels half-empty. Its location is also terrible for tourists as it is behind a row of buildings (one of which is another...More

Thank Martin B
Reviewed August 20, 2018

A very disappointing visit. Apart from a few 'artefacts' a cafe and a gift shop, there wasn't much to see.

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Reviewed August 16, 2018

Stunning architecture although it could be cleaner and smarter.The refreshment facilities are good if a bit expensive.

Thank David Patrick W
Reviewed July 30, 2018 via mobile

Waste of money and space and to top it off that end town is where some idiot puts a bus lane . So if ur coming down high street you can't even go right to get into all the main car parking . It basically...More

1  Thank markscar1974
Reviewed July 21, 2018

Just want to ask where is this holiday fun so called Make you advertised on website and promotion email. Pop in today as a desperate parent who tried to find some activities for the child. Other than a table with some pencils and advertising leaflet...More

1  Thank Helen181818
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