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Watford Colosseum

Rickmansworth Road, Watford, Hertfordshire, WD17 3JN
01923 571102

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By Train

Watford Junction rail station is a 15 minute walk away. There are direct trains from London Euston. The nearest underground station, on the Watford Metropolitan line, is a 20 minute walk away at Cassiobury Park Avenue.
By Car

The Watford Colosseum is easily reached by car and is sign-posted on all local routes into Watford. From the M1 and M25 follow signs for Watford Town Hall.

By Bus

Bus routes; W30, 500, 550 and 724.

Please check travel times with Arriva on 0871 200 2233.


There is no parking at Watford Colosseum, however parking is available at several locations within a short walk of the venue.

The Gade multi-storey car park located on Rosslyn Road, WD17 1NA is open 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. Card & cash payment accepted.

The Avenue car park located on Hempstead Road, WD17 4NR is open from 7am until midnight. Card & cash payment accepted.

The Town Hall car park located off Peace Prospect, WD17 3HA, is normally open to the public from 5pm to midnight Monday to Friday and all day at
weekends. Please note this car park accepts cash only payment.

We recommend that you check the Watford FC fixture list for mid-week and weekend matches and leave yourself plenty of time to park on those days.

Access Info

For detailed access information please visit the theatre's access page:

Watford Colosseum is an arts and culture venue in the heart of Watford, North West London. The building was designed by architect Charles Cowles-Voysey and acoustician Hope Bagenal. Opening in 1938, the Colosseum quickly gained international recognition as a concert for its premium acoustics. The famous musician and composer Julian Lloyd Webber described the Watford Colosseum as “the finest recording venue in the world.”

For the majority of the late 20th century, the theatre was used by the finest orchestras and musicians in the world because of the remarkable sound it could facilitate. However, due to an increase in costs and a decrease in audience numbers, the local council was forced to close the venue in 1994. It re-opened in 1995 with a joint-management deal with a commercial business, but when this failed the council retook control before sharing management with a new company.

In recent years, Watford Colosseum has seen a return to its glory days. The building is once again sought after for its excellent acoustics. It has been used for a number of film soundtracks, including The Lord Of The Rings and Sleepy Hollow. The venue also plays host to the BBC Concert Orchestra and regular concerts from the likes of Robbie Williams, Oasis and The Who.

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