Ancient Ruins in London

Ancient Ruins in London, England

London Ancient Ruins

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  • TeamWard
    Nottingham, UK4,895 contributions
    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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  • drummerphil
    9 contributions
    On Lower Thames Street, in the cellar of a 1970s office building, is another part of London's ancient history. It was here that in the Victorian era, workers found the remains of a Roman bathhouse. It lies just opposite Old Billingsgate Market.

    The bathhouse was abandoned in the early fifth century. When the Victorians dug it out, they found in its rubble a Saxon brooch, perhaps lost by an Anglo-Saxon woman when she clambered the Roman ruins centuries ago. All these layers of time and history are typical for London's very own and powerful rules of time. In London, the past and the present coexist, they are intertwined.

    This place is definitely worth a visit. I did a guided tour with City guide Claudia Colia and I can definitely recommend her tours. This place is very special!
    Written July 22, 2020
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  • Sarah C
    Sheffield, UK34 contributions
    We were looking for a self guided walk and chose to do this from the Tower of London to Museum of London. What's still standing is impressive but the directions on the website are not easy to follow on a phone and some plaques have been removed or covered up. Still a nice walk though
    Written March 24, 2022
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  • Warby
    Bicester, UK3,273 contributions
    Really enjoyed viewing the Crown Jewels. Was better as not busy and could really spend your time reading about each piece
    Written December 19, 2021
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  • WorldwideRover007
    United States2,777 contributions
    There isnt much too see other than a quick glance. There is a plaque explaining the ruins and history. No place to sit and admire. All in all, finished in under 5 minutes.
    Written April 25, 2022
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  • HolidaymakerfromHove
    Brighton and Hove, UK1,159 contributions
    Visited as part of a walking tour in the area. It was very interesting to see the remains of the old city wall.

    Recommended if in the area. Free to enter.
    Written October 27, 2020
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  • Nicholas H
    London, UK20,576 contributions
    This was the bone store within the Augustinian Priory and Hospital of St Mary, dating back to the 13th century but lost for hundreds of years until it was uncovered when Spitalfields was redeveloped in the 1990s. The site can be viewed at street level down through glass panels and there are stairs (and a lift) down to the actual level of this part of the original Priory. There’s not much to see, but as with all ancient ruins the trick is to use your imagination to conjure up the site as it once must have been. This is easy to miss as you hurry through Spitalfields, but worth making the effort to find it.
    Written November 23, 2019
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  • Nick F
    Phuket, Thailand45 contributions
    Amazing experience I have been about 10 times now and I love it every time. Can't wait to go back. Bring some food and drink with you as you could be there a while.
    Written August 20, 2021
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  • J R M
    Vaughan, Canada348 contributions
    What a pleasant surprise in front of the Tower Hill subway. A statue of Trajan and part of an original Roman wall with plaque represent a 5-10 minute pause to remind people of London's foundation by the Romans as Londinium.
    Written August 5, 2019
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  • Alice R
    Hobart, Australia8,215 contributions
    An interesting small display of medieval bows and arrows that were used as a measure of defence. Well worth a look.
    Written March 18, 2020
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  • Alice R
    Hobart, Australia8,215 contributions
    This tower is part of the wall walk and part of the first fortification of the Tower of London, we didn't spend very long in here.
    Written March 18, 2020
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  • Geoff H
    Cranbrook, UK12,315 contributions
    Any visit to the Tower of London should include a visit to the 'Bloody Tower'. On the ground floor is the study of Sir Walter Raleigh where he lived, as a prisoner, for 13 years during the reign of King James I. On the first floor is an audio visual display telling the story of the supposed murder, in 1483 by the future King Richard III, of 12 year old Edward V and his younger brother, Richard. The disappearance of these two boys is an intriguing story in the history of the tower of London and the reason why the Garden Tower was renamed the 'Bloody Tower;.
    Written August 23, 2020
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  • CPaM68
    Texas612 contributions
    I am both fascinated and intrigued by ancient Egyptian obelisk, and my eventual goal is to see them all in person. On our last trip to London, I was able to visit the great British Museum and see the Nectanebo II obelisks. The Obelisks of Nectanebo II are a pair of black silk-stone Ancient Egyptian obelisks that are on display within the great court of the British Museum. These are actually only large fragments, approximately half of the original obelisks. Another large fragment from one of these can be found in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. The obelisks originally stood on either side of the entrance to a temple located in the ancient city of Hermopolis (modern Al-Ashmunayn), Egypt. All four sides of both obelisks are inscribed with hieroglyphs recording their dedication to the Egyptian God Thoth. During Napoleon's 1798 expedition to Egypt, the obelisks were transported to Alexandria by the French forces with the intent of shipping them to France and being exhibiting at the Louvre. Instead, after the defeat of the French forces by the British, they were confiscated and transported to England and ended up in the British Museum. There are only 29 known ancient Egyptian obelisks in the world. Throughout time Egypt has only retained 8 of the obelisks with Italy, part of the old Roman Empire, having 11, England 4 (for some reason the pair of Nectanebo II obelisks are only officially counted as 1), and the others are scattered throughout Europe with 1 being in the US. Most are much larger than the Nectanebo II obelisks and are displayed outside in prominent piazzas or squares, rather than inside museums. Other than the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, the British Museum houses the world's largest and most comprehensive collection of Egyptian antiquities (with over 100,000 pieces). Many of the Egyptian artifacts found in the British Museum and other museums across the world were looted or acquired under dubious circumstances during the colonial period. Even though many of the artifacts may have been rightfully bought, Egypt is beginning to request that the artifacts be returned because of the belief that the artifacts belong to the country they came from.
    Written February 18, 2018
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  • Alice R
    Hobart, Australia8,215 contributions
    Apparently the easiest way to access the chapel is on a yeoman tour - maybe next time. We didn't actually get to enter here - can access during first and last hour of opening times only.
    Written March 18, 2020
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