We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Silchester

Reading, England
Improve this listing
Ranked #5 of 41 Attractions in Reading
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites
Traveler Description: Silchester is about 20 minutes drive from Reading and was once  the ancient  Roman town of Calleva Atrebatum. All that remains are the ruined... more »
Write a Review

84 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    38
    42
    2
    1
    1
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Swindon, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
431 reviews 431 reviews
253 attraction reviews
146 helpful votes 146 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Not having been here before but often seen the signs, we took the opportunity of a nice dry day to take the dog for a walk. There's a nice circular walk around the site but we were a little distracted at one point and missed the turning to the amphitheatre. It was disappointing to see so much dog fouling around... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Reading, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
65 reviews 65 reviews
50 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

We think it amazing that such old walls are in such good condition. On a sunny day walking the available walls - you can just feel a Roman sentry at your shoulder.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Reading, United Kingdom
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Excellent guided tour given by Reading University, for a small fee participants can use radio earphones to listen to the commentary. Very informative.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Reading
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
3 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

The English Heritage site at Silchester has most of the best attributes:- Well signed ample and free car parking; well made paths to the site, but not for wheel-chairs; wide open spaces and well directed and narrated walks. Wheel chair access is not that easy as the paths are undulating and covered in gravel. It takes around an hour to... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Hampshire
Contributor
19 reviews 19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Visited one Sunday afternoon, weather mild and sunny and not muddy at all. Not many other people about, and at times, the atmosphere felt a bit oppressive. You can really imagine how life might have been for the Romans here and the walk was not too taxing. The children weren't too impressed but once we'd explained the history of the... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
UK
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
6 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

We had a great visit here in August. We wanted to do something different and educational with our children age 5,7,10. They all thoroughly enjoyed being there and discovering. It sparked the imagination in them which was wonderful and the people working there were really helpful and informative. Loved it. We would go back again.

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Cambridge, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
110 reviews 110 reviews
28 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Well signposted. Several information boards describing the history of the site. Took a couple of hours to walk all the way round the wall and see the amphitheatre. A bit wet and muddy after lots of rain so bring appropriate footwear.

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
UK
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
13 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Being the only Roman town in Britain not built over later, this site gave a better sense of place than others I have been to of what it may have been like to live in a Roman town and go the the amphitheatre for your entertainment! I was surprised and impressed with how much of the walls are still standing... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Chiang Mai Province, Thailand
Contributor
18 reviews 18 reviews
13 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 via mobile

Took a visit here after reading the reviews on trip advisor but have to say was extremely disappointed we walk for miles but the only interesting things we saw were the cows and Jan's dinner doesn't bode well for rearing this being number two in the list of things to do

Was this review helpful? Yes
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

We are lucky as it was a beautiful sunny day but the scenery was great and the ruins, which I knew nothing about were remarkably well preserved since they are 2000 years old. Silchester is less than an hour from London too so an easy weekend trip and lots of people were picknicking around too.

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Silchester also viewed

 
Reading, Berkshire
 

Been to Silchester? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Silchester, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing