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Address: Reading, England

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Good for a nice walk

Al that is left were the walls (in some places quite high, in others at ground level). Didn't get to amphitheatre. Very pleasant for a sunny afternoon walk, but do take walking... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 7, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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73 reviews 73 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Al that is left were the walls (in some places quite high, in others at ground level). Didn't get to amphitheatre. Very pleasant for a sunny afternoon walk, but do take walking boots - the paths are not flat.

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Reading, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

This is the roman ruins of Cavella Atrebatum. Large parts of the city walls still stand and can be walked around. There is also a side route to visit the ampitheatre. There are interesting information signs around the ruins. It is beside a small village, so somewhere probably only accessible by private transport. It is free parking, which is why... More 

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Stratfield Mortimer, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

You would be well advised to do a little reading up before you visit to get a real sense of how important Silchester was in Roman times. Even if you don't, the old city walls are impressive - over 2km around, with heights of over 3m in places. Visit in the summer and the medieval church often has homemade cake... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Delighted to have found such place to visit. Whilst there wasn't a lot of the Roman ruins left on site, the remaining wall was quite impressive. Never the less, it was a great place to walk the dog and we will certainly return and further explore the area. Enjoy.

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Farnham, United Kingdom
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

If I was to say that here in the heart of Southern England, was the remains of a buried Roman city surrounded but an almost continuous 2 km long wall reaching over 3m high in places with well preserved entrance points and amphitheatre and a beautiful medieval church with carved bench ends- and it cost nothing to visit, you would... More 

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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

There is plenty of wood and heathland in which to enjoy a walk. There are many signposted walks to follow. My grandkids love the walks through the woods where it is so quiet and peaceful but alive with nature. If you are quiet enough, you can see deer and squirrels and many species of bird. The heath is full of... More 

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Reading, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

A great and interesting walk. We had a lovely Sunday morning and virtually had the place to ourselves. The amphitheatre is reasonably well preserved as are the walls. If you want to see the finds from the Victorian dig - they're on show at Reading Museum. We'll be returning soon. Wrong not too when this close to home.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

As a February afternoon excusion while visiting the area this was disappointing. If you have visited Roman remains at Pompei or Rome then give this one a miss. Little to see except the remains of the walls. Maybe a nice circular walk in summer weather, but it was muddy underfoot almost all the way round and difficult without walking boots.... More 

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Bracknell, United Kingdom
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57 reviews 57 reviews
13 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

This town was abandoned hundreds of years ago, but you can still walk almost the whole of the surrounding walls, and see the layout of the buildings within them. OK, it isn't for everyone, but if you want to visit somewhere quiet, beautiful and historically interesting then this is it. There is a church that serves afternoon teas during the... More 

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Winchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

Well worth a visit to the Roman Walls and pretty Church. From the Village Green down the track to the Roman Walls via the little museum. Steeped in history.

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