London's Roman Amphitheatre

London's Roman Amphitheatre

London's Roman Amphitheatre
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10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Step into the ruins of London's Roman Amphitheatre and discover the hidden history under your feet. In 1988, the capital's only Roman amphitheatre was located in Guildhall Yard, during an archaeological dig taking place in preparation for the new Art Gallery building project. In 2002, the doors to the amphitheatre opened for the first time in nearly 2,000 years. When short stretches of Roman wall were unearthed in Guildhall Yard the site became a protected monument. The City of London decided to integrate the remains into its proposals for a new Art Gallery and construction work began in 1992, alongside ongoing excavations. The surviving remains include a stretch of the stone entrance tunnel, east gate, and arena walls. They are protected in a controlled environment, 20 feet below the modern pavement.
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Neighborhood: City of London
From its ancient past as a Roman trading outpost to its 21st century status as the wealthiest square mile in the world, the financial district known simply as “The City” is one of London's most historic and fascinating neighborhoods. Here high rise office towers such as Norman Foster’s Gherkin mingle with Roman ruins and architectural marvels from virtually every era in between, including Christopher Wren's glorious St.Paul's Cathedral, and John Soane's dauntingly classicist Bank of England. This neighborhood is also home to some of the finest restaurants and plushest hotels in Europe, in addition to an assortment of watering holes, upscale shops, and Tube stations. During the week, the City is abuzz with white collar workers going about their business; the weekend sees this area turn into a quiet haven for sightseers.
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  • Bank • 4 min walk
  • Bank • 5 min walk
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Lesley
54 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We visited here after the Mithraeum which is a short walk away. It is located beneath the Guildhall Art Gallery and is free to enter. Not much to see but a rare find in the UK and well worth a visit if you are in the vicinity.
Written March 1, 2020
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Sandygranny
Sandy, UK935 contributions
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Sep 2016 • Couples
If you are interested in the history of the City of London, the Roman Amphitheatre in the basement of the Guildhall Art Gallery is well worth a visit and it’s free!

After more than a hundred years of searching by archaeologists, the original circular walls of London’s Roman Amphitheatre were finally rediscovered by archaeologists working on the site of the new Guildhall Art Gallery building in 1988 – they were hidden beneath the Guildhall Yard. This was a surprising discovery as the amphitheatre was found within the old Roman City Walls, whereas the majority of ancient amphitheatres were located on the outside.

The amphitheatre was built in AD70 as a simple wooden structure; however, the amphitheatre had a more substantial makeover in the early 2nd century taking its capacity up to 6,000 people. During this time the arena was used for public events, gladiatorial combat, animal fighting and public executions.

After the Romans abandoned Britain in the 4th century, the amphitheatre was dismantled and much of it was used for building materials. It lay derelict and in ruins for hundreds of years; however, by the 11th century overcrowding in London forced the reoccupation of the area. At first the buildings that gradually encroached onto the old amphitheatre were simple ones; mostly timber houses of a Viking trade settlement. Over time these buildings gave way to the first ever Guildhall.

The actual remains of the amphitheatre are located around eight metres below the ground, buried beneath layers of ancient rubbish and rubble. Once inside you will see the remains of the original walls, the drainage system, and even the sand which was once used to soak up the blood from wounded Gladiators.

There is a small shop in the Art Gallery where you can purchase some interesting books, prints, postcards and souvenirs.
Written November 9, 2016
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CheekyLondon
Southend-on-Sea, UK1,675 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Friends
Took some friends here today - it was their first visit and my third. They were duly impressed! There are steps/a lift down to the Amphitheatre which is well displayed and explained (except the American spelling - glamorized!) This place seems to be underrated by tourists and there were very few people here, but I would thoroughly recommend half and hour here, coupled with a trip to the great art gallery above. It is all free, which is a bonus!
Written August 20, 2018
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MartynaC
Grudziadz, Poland108 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Couples
No information for regular tourists about this place-only due to passion to history we made it find it. The security man- a men with real passion to his work, with a bug knowledge and willing to share it all. I do not know his name, but he was somewhere from eastern Europe and did finished university in UK.Such a persona-he was willing to answer any our question and had such a big knowledge. A huge thank you! The museum itself is amazing! The art inside and the black ring outside it-such a incredible place!
Written July 15, 2019
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We're really pleased that you managed to find us and enjoyed your visit. Thank you very much for your enthusiastic review and excellent feedback about our staff.
Written July 25, 2019
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TeamWard
Nottingham, UK5,681 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
A visit to London's Roman Amphitheatre starts in the court yard outside to see the tiles on the floor depicting how large the place was originally, wander inside and view the remains well preserved with some interesting facts, well worth a visit and its free.
Written July 25, 2021
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Thanks for your review. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your visit!
Written July 26, 2021
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Scott and Ann
39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
What a pleasant surprise. I went looking for hidden historic sites in London and found many gems, this being one of them.
It was right in centre of the city, hidden under a modern building but an absolutely fantastic example of how history is being presented by the city. It was professionally presented, clean, well appointed and cleverly hidden from the rambling masses. It’s FREE at time of visit, (December 2019). Well worth the effort to locate.
Written December 24, 2019
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StephenWellsLondon
London, UK259 contributions
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Oct 2019 • Couples
The London Roman Amphitheatre is great; a small museum which gives a fascinating glimpse into life (at least a very specific aspect of life) in Londinium.
The museum is definitely worth a visit, particularly on a rainy day. The museum itself only takes 30-60 min but it is within the Guildhall Art Gallery (another 30-60 min) and next to the Guildhall great hall (20 min) so can fill an afternoon.
Written October 27, 2019
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Hello Stephen. Thank you for your review. We definitely see lots of people coming in on rainy afternoons! Glad you enjoyed your visit.
Written October 28, 2019
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will m
London, UK38 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Couples
I have a keen interest in Roman history but couldn't help but feel a little disappointed with this. Only a very small part of the amphitheatre has been uncovered and the illusion is broken with the bright neon wireframe people everywhere. It would had been better if these wireframe people were at least gladiators as they seemed to be athletes perhaps.

At ground level there is a black ring,which marks out the shape of the amphitheatre but it is very easy to miss.

If you are nearby then I do recommend a visit, but do not go out of your way as there isn't a great deal to see. It is free of charge, which is a plus.
Written April 11, 2018
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Peter G
London, UK19 contributions
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Mar 2017
Though there is little left of London's Roman Amphitheatre it is very worthwhile visiting. Hidden beneath the Guildhall Art Gallery you descend into a dimly lit and highly atmospheric space that beautifully lights the remaining walls and drainage system and also gives an impression of how these related to the entire building which could seat around 6,000 people, about a quarter of the city's population. You can then look round the excellent collection of paintings depicting London's past and look in on the magnificent medieval Guildhall itself. And best of all it's free.
Written March 1, 2017
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Souterrains
Eijsden, The Netherlands89 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Friends
We visited the site of this Roman Amphitheatre. At first we had some problems finding the entrance. The open square outside shows in black slate the contour of the amphitheatre. When we looked arround, the entrance of the museum was clearly marked. Going through an airport-like check, we were pointed to the underground part of the museum, partly under the square. The excavated walls are well presented but the most striking part was the wall with the bright lines a figures painted, showing the scale of the amphitheatre. Very nice place to visit.
Written June 14, 2014
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