Silchester Roman City Walls and Amphitheatre

Silchester Roman City Walls and Amphitheatre, Reading

Silchester Roman City Walls and Amphitheatre

Silchester Roman City Walls and Amphitheatre
4.5
Historic Sites • Ancient Ruins
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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kentishbelle2016
Basingstoke, UK62 contributions
On a fine day it's a lovely walk, several directions/walks can be done. read the info boards and it gives a good insight to the area in Iron Age and later, Roman times. history on our doorstep, fabulous!! My adult daughter and I do this walk quite regularly and love it.

It's managed by English Heritage and is one of the few free visits, free car parking too. Only a portaloo tho, which was in a terrible unusable state at the time of our visit.
Written August 27, 2021
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Philmex1
Southampton, UK1,579 contributions
I really like Silchester. It's good for a walk and I like to try and imagine how it looked in Roman times. The English Heritage info plaques are very informative.

My visit this time was somewhat marred by a group of New Age visitors sitting in a circle in the middle of the amphitheatre. I was glared at as if I didn't have a right to be there with them and it killed the atmosphere of the place. I wonder if their visit was sanctioned by English Heritage? A real pity.
Written October 7, 2021
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Janet H
Worcester, UK482 contributions
As our vehicle has a top box on it we could not get into the car park due to a low barrier (apparently you can ring in advance and get this raised) however we were able to park in a pull in opposite the car park entrance. Nice walk round the walls and round by the church and amphitheatre. Look out for the alpacas in a field by the Church. Nice to see. Church was open but as we had our dogs didn't feel like we could look inside.
Written May 19, 2021
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Mark P
Hampshire, UK1,531 contributions
Remains of the walls around a Roman settlement. Not too much is left so you will have to use your imagination. There are a few 'artists impressions' of what the settlement would have looked like. The north gate is the most impressive part.

Call into the Church of St Mary when it is open.

Good walk around the settlement, about 1.5 miles.

Free admission, free parking.

Loo is a portaloo.
Written July 5, 2020
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Spearey
Basingstoke, UK92 contributions
Family
Took my children here for a morning they enjoyed exploring the area and looking at the history information posts. They particularly enjoyed seeing the alpacas! The little church in the grounds is very quaint and well kept. Could easily keep our social distance as area large and everyone was respectful of social distancing. The parking is free and there is large car park. Easily signposted along roads with brown signs. Will definitely be back again!
Written August 16, 2020
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Peter T
10 contributions
As you walk around the walls of Silchester, and visit the restored amphitheatre, it isn't difficult to imagine life as it might have been for the Roman garrison and the local population. It is a very stimulating experience, provided you let your imagination run riot .......
However, DO NOT park in the signed and designated car park. Leave your car in the area adjacent to the Calleva Arms in the village, or in the small car park by the church.
Written October 27, 2021
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Janet H
Worcester, UK482 contributions
Great place to get away from it all. Took our dog with us and had a good time (albeit buffeted by the wind) walking the walls of the of Roman Town. Lots of good interesting boards telling the history of the site. Hardly saw anyone else on the walk round. It is an exposed site so check weather before you go. We managed to get round before heavens opened!!!!!!! Large car park free of charge'
Written September 25, 2020
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Dragonlady
Ljubljana, Slovenia196 contributions
Friends
We came there past 7pm and parked in-front of parking. Went to see amphitheater and walked all the way around the wall. It took us round 1,5h. In the middle there is a nice little church. We saw some rabbits on the way. For some time we walked on the wall and some time below. It is amazing how big was the city inside.
Written September 7, 2020
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Roger G
Basingstoke, UK38 contributions
Not for wet weather but on a sunny day the circuit of the wall is well worth doing. Handy parking. Take in the 12th Century Church and the amphitheatre. Lovely countryside views. Drinks and food at the Calleva in Silchester.
Written August 23, 2020
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qtsam17
Sandhurst, UK113 contributions
Family
This was a really lovely walk in the sunshine. Very easy to social distance as set in such a large area. Make note of the maps at the beginning so you know what everything is. As you come to the ruins from the carpark direction you will get to a crossroad of paths i suggest you walk either left or right then you will see all parts of the walls and ampitheatre. If you follow the main path you will walk up the middle and miss lots although the alpacas are on the middle path at the top. Recommend a visit to the church even if its a wander around the grounds. Not much left so you will need to use your imagination but fantastic place to walk.
Written July 18, 2020
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