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Silchester

Reading, England
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Ranked #5 of 40 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 »
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Reading
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41 reviews 41 reviews
3 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

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

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Hampshire
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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

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

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UK
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
6 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 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.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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110 reviews 110 reviews
28 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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.

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UK
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 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

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Chiang Mai Province, Thailand
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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

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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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.

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Wokingham, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

A truly remarkable site still under excavation by the University of Reading. The walls are virtually intact, with an amphitheater just outside the walls. It survives intact as it was the only Roman settlement never resettled by the Anglo Saxons. I often think of the Roman foot soldiers marching back to Rome for their furlough (poor sods).

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Reading
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59 reviews 59 reviews
27 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

A pleasant stroll around the walls - nicely supplemented by signs explaining the historical significance of the Roman town that was here. Star in your own amphitheatre

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Reading, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

I cant remember the first time I visited Silchester, its too long ago....but its a great place to visit...Roman walls, the archaeologist digs, the peaceful surroundings..and dont forget the amphitheatre around the corner from the main site. Still marvel at all that the Romans achieved so long ago.... Def. worth a visit - I bet you wont be disappointed. !!....

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