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MidlandsTraveller
Leicester, UK689 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Solo
Entrance €3.30. Ask about the ‘combination’ ticket if you are visiting other historical sites. In all the historical sites only credit cards accepted for entrance, no cash.
Only a fragment of the circus remains, but there are several hundred meters of galleries which are great to explore. There are lots of small rooms off the galleries which you can imagine being the bases for the various factions competing in the races or for dignitaries being entertained- rather like the directors boxes ar a modern football match.
Written February 11, 2023
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RobScott1970
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK162 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Not that much left to see as most is under the town now. They have tried to give you a flavour of what it look like in its prime but I have seen better examples in other Spanish towns - Merida being the best example. Also there were a lot of open tread stairs which aren't good for those uncomfortable with heights. Glad we went but the theatre nearby was a much more impressive site
Written July 6, 2022
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owlbeonholiday
Worcester, UK866 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Couples
Less impressive than I was hoping for. There is a lot of information and the area is quite large altogether but there's not actually much left and it's difficult to imagine what it looked like when it was in use all those years ago. Also there are a ridiculous amount of very steep stairs and the lift is only for people with mobility issues. Considering how quiet it was when we visited this seemed a bit harsh. Nice terrace at the top with a view to the sea but again, yet more stairs!
Written September 13, 2022
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tensaisimon
Beijing, China271 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
In Tarragona there're 4 famous roman ruins. Amphitheater is currently closed for construction, visitors can only watch from higher viewpoints. The archeological walks and roman forum have not much to be seen, actually.
Comparatively, the circus is the best preserved ruin, and offers interesting spectacles. There's the ruins on ground level, vaults and tunnels under ground, and a castle (built in later eras) on top of which you can have a paranoma view of the whole city and its shoreline.
When we visited, they only accept credit cards for the tickets, no cash.
Written October 24, 2019
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Jamie P
Chicago, IL84 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Friends
If you appreciate Roman ruins, then you'll like seeing this little chunk of the Roman Circus. If you think it's just a bunch of old rocks, you probably won't like it. We headed to Tarragona from Barcelona so that my cousin could see the ruins since she'd never seen any. But yes, they look like all of the other Roman ruins. I still enjoyed it, though!
Written July 16, 2019
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JoannaFthegrumpy
London, UK95 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Family
We wandered past this in the morning on the way to the arcaheological museum and were wondering what it was all about. It really didn't look like anything from the entrance.

However, I looked at the reviews on Trip Advisor before we left, and I am so glad I did! The place is amazing!

You don't really get to see the scale of the hippodrome from what is left, but as soon as you start wandering through vaults nearly 100m long, you get an idea of the sheer size of this awesome building.

The entrance was something ridiculous like 1 euro 70 for a student, but you got your money's worth and so much more. As well as the Roman hippodrome, you get to visit the alleged birthplace of Pontius Pilate, and come face to face with the executions after the Spanish Civil War in the 1940s.

I agree with the other reviewers - everywhere you turn, you get to experience something new. I would quite happily wander around this attraction again if I was back in Tarragona - it was the highlight of my day there and it is an attraction that has made a lasting impression on me and that I will remember fondly for a long time to come.

5 spots is simply not enough for this understated little gem! :-)
Written May 14, 2015
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Ubes
Adelaide, Australia66 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Family
Our main reason for visiting Tarragona on the way to lovely Barcelona was to see the Roman aquaduct. Imagine our surprise when we left the Placa de la Font hotel for a familiarisation walk, and within 200 metres found an amazing B C Roman ruin, comprising Praetorium and partly excavated Circus, and just down the hill the spectacular amphitheater right on the coast with spectacular views of the Mediterranean.
Entry to the Praetorium and Circus was surprisingly inexpensive...less than 5 euros and to walk through the ruins and see the size and intricacy of the construction was very worthwhile. Of special interest was the view of Tarragona from the tower, the 2000 year old headless Roman statue uncovered late in the 20th century when builders were excavating for a metro stop! and the high vaulted stone ceilings in the passages/tunnels under the walls....just amazing engineering! To get the best of these constructions, hire a guide...there is so much to see and understand and the signage explaining the construction and "life in Tarragon" during the Roman occupation is minimal. The amphitheatre is a separate construction below the Circus and is free entry.
Written February 14, 2017
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BGJ-DC
Washington DC, DC4,413 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Couples
The remains of the ancient Roman Circus and the Praetorium, with its massive tower and Roman vaulting under the tower, are a single site, accessible with a single entry ticket. The Praetorium, started in the first century B.C.E. and improved by later Roman emperors, was turned into a palace by the medieval kings of Aragon, and much later into a prison, where executions were carried out during the Spanish Civil War. The view from the top of the tower is spectacular and embraces most of Tarrogona, including the cathedral, the sea and the amphitheater, and the surrounding hills. It is well worth the climb, which includes, at the end, a claustrophobic circular section. There is an elevator for those with restricted mobility. The chambers of the tower contain displays describing the Praetorium’s history and two interesting sarcophagi (one with detailed reliefs around the outside, and another that was used three times). The Roman vaults under the tower, which connected the Praetorium with the Forum, display the skill of Roman engineering. Don’t miss the walk through the vaulted passage from the tower entrance to the rest rooms – it is one of the most impressive trips to the toilet you will ever take – past ancient inscriptions on the bases of statues to a headless Roman statute uncovered in the 20th century. The Roman circus is next to the Praetorium, and is connected by another vaulted passage. Although only part of the circus has been excavated, it provides a sense of the huge track and surrounding stands. The site includes displays describing the chariot races that occurred there and inscriptions dedicated to two charioteers. The site may be entered from the tower, next to the archeological museum, or from the circus, near the Carrer de Sant Oleguer. Regular admission is 3.30 Euros, or 7.40 Euros on a combined ticket that includes the amphitheater, the walls, and the forum. Tickets for students and seniors are about half price. Because the Praetorium and the Roman Circus is really a single site, I am submitting this review under both TripAdvisor subjects.
Written December 29, 2016
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Jogtheworld
Washington DC, DC149 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2016 • Couples
This museum goes on and on. My husband and I bought ticket at the main entrance. We arrived by cruise ship and I was startled at how many people gave up the opportunity to view this massive archeological site. The elevator took us to the very top of the museum/cathedral in which we had the birds eye view of Tarragonia. 360 degrees of everything. The you descend by a spiral staircase in to an exhibit hall where information and marble statues are on exhibit from 2000 BC. The you walk down more steps to other exhibit sits until you reach the bottom that is now below street level where most of the dig took place.

It is a marvel of the Roman engineers. What you finally come into is a tunnel that runs hundreds of feet undergrownd. It is dimly lit. Room break of to the side. I can only imagine the gladiators getting ready for a chariot race. In one small room seat are set up for a video explaining to the public what you are entering. I found it interesting and entertaining. The doorways are are small in comparison today. I almost banged my head , I am 5'2. One exhibit was in honor of 2 gladiators who died. As you walk thru the tunnel there are slight openings to the outside where you sneak a view of a house that is being torn down for more excavation. You exit to the outside and viola, the appearance of a Roman gladiators chariot track. OMG. What an exciting moment for me. The puzzle came together of all that I walked through. I had entered up there stories only to find myself a street level where the bus dropped me off. Thrilling.
Written December 12, 2016
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Britt G
89 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Couples
I loved this place. We stumbled across this place on the way to the amphitheatre and decided to have a look. I really enjoyed looking in all the underground rooms and there's a good video that illustrates exactly what it is and what it would have been like. There are plenty of great photo opportunities up the top too. We paid about €7 to visit four attractions and this one was by far the best. If you're doing all four I suggest doing this one last as it sets the bar high and we were underwhelmed by all the others.
Written October 22, 2016
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