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Silchester

Reading, England
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Ranked #5 of 33 Attractions in Reading
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Cultural
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Cultural

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Reading
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

its such an unspoilt place to walk. Its lovely whatever the weather, we walk their with our dog. Would be great to take children and tell them about the history.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

Yup, as people have said before. Its more of a walk than an attraction. The dig is rarely open, and the walls themselves are not exactly sexy, but, its a good hours bimble with the dog.

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Tadley, United Kingdom
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72 reviews 72 reviews
12 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

Yes it's a wall. Yes it's muddy in the wet and Yes,apart from the wall and reconstruction graphics on the many helpful displays it is a wee bit disappointing. But how do you turn a town such as this into an attraction. What you need to do is go with a low expectation and then absorb the atmosphere surrounding this... More 

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Reading, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

The dig is only open to the public for about 3 weeks a year. It's a out a 20minute walk from the car park to the site and there are two large areas being excavated. I took my nephewsaged 11 &13 and they were. It's quite bored.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

A bit of a hidden treasure in rural Berkshire. We had a fabulous couple of hours just walking around the walls and exploring the amphitheatre. I obviously wouldn't recommend it for a wet day activity, but on a dry day, it's a fab walk and really interesting experience.

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surrey
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331 reviews 331 reviews
194 attraction reviews
158 helpful votes 158 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

A very weather dependant attraction. We had an unusually warm sunny day for October and so the ground underfoot was dry and you could clearly see right across the town site from one wall to another.A wet drizzly day would be very different! The walls are amazingly well preserved but , like Hadrian's Wall a vivid imagination is necessary to... More 

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Surrey
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101 reviews 101 reviews
14 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

WE attended a wedding at Silchester House and found the place to be very attractive. The old house was tastefully decorated with lovely gardens at the rear. The pre wedding breakfast canapés served on the lawn were very tasty and nicely presented and served by a young team. The evening meal was excellent. Salmon starters, the main course beef dish... More 

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Berkshire, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

I've been there a few times now, as I run a paranormal group and we're always out investigating ancient ruins and locations. It's great having a real Roman amphitheatre right on our doorstep, and you can walk around the Roman walls too. Parking is limited, and you certainly don't park in the public carpark provided, for fear of your car... More 

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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271 attraction reviews
165 helpful votes 165 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

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 

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Reading, United Kingdom
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89 reviews 89 reviews
62 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

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.

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