Chester Roman Amphitheatre
Chester Roman Amphitheatre
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Neil K
Liverpool, UK619,734 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2020 • Friends
Like York ,Chester is justifiably famous for its ancient Roman connections and Chester Roman Amphitheatre is along with the Roman Gardens a great example of the Roman influence on this historic walled city.
Managed by English Heritage, a designated Grade I listed site ,the ruins clearly show the amphitheatre discovered in 1999 during excavations and is the largest such Roman site discovered in the UK to date ,dating from the 1st century when the Roman fort of Deva Victrix was established.
A military training site but the Amphitheatre was also used for cock fighting,bull baiting and combat sports such as wrestling and boxing and gladiatorial combat ,the Amphitheatre was in constant use during the Roman occupation and fell into disuse around the year 350 .
We were staying in the Travelodge facing the Amphitheatre and had a good wander around ,its fascinating, my mind runs riot thinking about the history attached to this site ,I love the Roman history attached to the UK and its influence on the known world ,been to Rome and loved the historic sites there and this Roman site is just so good and well maintained in Chester.
Most definitely well worth checking out if your planning a trip to Chester.
Written April 17, 2020
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Matthew P
London, UK4,279 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
Magnificent ruin in the centre of Chester city. It is worth sitting there and closing your eyes and imagining the scenes and the site from just under 2000 years ago. What a spectacle it must have been. The fact that the ruins are foundations and not walls does not take anything away from it.
Written August 6, 2023
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CrocodileRoc
Worcester, UK322 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
I was unaware of this site the 1st time I was in Chester so it was on the agenda for this trip. Perhaps I have been spoilt by seeing more complete examples of Amphitheatres in other countries but Chester's is very underwhelming. It is a few courses of foundation bricks and I was unclear how much of that was reconstructed. Other than highlighting the presence of the structure erected by the Romans visually it teaches us very little. I spent at least 2 minutes observing the site.
Written February 14, 2022
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923Dan
Swindon, UK3,067 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Revisit to Chester with the kids.
Lots of fun exploring the Chester Roman Amphitheatre for small children - not much for older children who quickly got bored.
Being stuck in the middle (to one side) of a busy road doesn't help.
Written July 18, 2022
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ShaunH290
London, UK2,334 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Part of the Amphitheatre is still buried under surrounding buildings. Part has been demolished. But this part is worth visiting as you look around the ancient City of Chester, perhaps walking its walls as we were. There were apparently 19 Roman Amphitheatres in Roman Britain, and this is one of the best. The information boards help to explain what is there now, and the model explains what was there once.

Walk over the nearby Newgate to get the best view of the site.
Written January 1, 2022
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Paul B
Thirsk, UK921 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
This was very disappointing as there is very little of the original structure visible. None of the tiering where the audience would have sat was visible. It looked as though some of the tiering had been grassed over and some of it replaced by hard-packed gravel with slats on the slope so you could walk without slipping. The arena area was being used as a football pitch! Not really much to recommend it as a place to visit.
Written October 6, 2023
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923Dan
Swindon, UK3,067 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
Having previously visited several other Roman Amphitheatres over the years, Chester's left me a little underwelmed.
Sadly, not a great deal to see - with large metal walkways spoiling the history lesson.
Next to a busy road, its very noisy with lots of car fumes in the air.
Written June 10, 2021
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Cheekycockney190757
Basildon, UK8,548 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
As others mention this was underwhelming. Not much to see and next to a busy road. The area is a bit rough and when we visited has youths using the area to hang out and generally provide a menacing atmosphere. Is conveniently located next to the wonderful City walls and recreated roman garden so easy to access, but I wouldn't go out of your way if not very interested.
Written July 4, 2021
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Edward
Santa Rosa, CA1,974 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
Chester was a Roman army settlement (the name comes from the Latin "Castrum" meaning an army camp) and a small part of the Roman amphitheatre remains. It is very little, barely more than the foundations. Information signs are there and it is near the remains of the Roman bath and garden complex (more interesting I think). One can just get a feel for the place but nothing like other Roman ruins elsewhere. It is just east of the walls and if you are walking on the walls, there is an easy staircase to use form the walls next to the amphitheatre, making it easy to see when walking the walls. That's what we did. I would put this lower down on the list of things to do in Chester and give priority to other things, but it's worth a look if you have the time or are next to it. A short visit is all that's needed.

It is free and just open at all times.
Written December 10, 2022
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Oscarwildetime
Leeds, UK716 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Couples
With the roadworks approaching Pepper Street we were stuck in traffic right next to the Amphitheater and could see it clearly. This should have been enough but we went back on foot. Somewhat underwhelming really but I guess a part of history. You won’t need long.
Written July 21, 2021
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