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Silchester

Reading, England
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Ranked #4 of 38 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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34 reviews 34 reviews
13 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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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
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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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3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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22 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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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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Farnham, United Kingdom
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5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Maybe the only Roman town in England never subsequently built over. Consequently you can stand on the Roman walls (remains) and see across to the opposite walls and get a real sense of what once was despite the absence of buildings. It stands in the midst open undeveloped open countryside, good for picnics.There are even the remains of an amphitheatre.... More

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Reading, United Kingdom
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4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

This area is absolutely stunning with amazing Roman history. Well worth a visit whether you're walking the dog or just fancy a family day out. You will not be disappointed.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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45 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

The area of the Roman towns sports some fantastic old city walls and the opportunity to some glorious walks in the middle of the countryside. Look inside the church, it is well worth the visit.

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Reading, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

Superb place for a walk whether you wish to achieve solitude or chat with a friend. There's even a portal oho tucked away in trees near the main car park. Slight criticism is lack of dog poo bins as you walk around, hence dog mess is often left. Considering it's historical interest it's great because there's no fee to pay... More

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