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“Fascinating exploration of a large Roman town, for those with some imagination”

Silchester Roman City Walls and Amphitheatre
Ranked #6 of 86 things to do in Reading
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Reviewed January 1, 2013

In truth there's not a great deal to actually see here, with the exception of the fairly impressive remains of the walls and the amphitheatre. However with a combination of the excellent interpretation boards around the (extensive) site, the audio guide you can download to your mobile from the site's website, and your own imagination, it's really brought to life how this town lived and worked in Roman and post-Roman times and its place in Roman Britain. It's a live archaeological site as well, so in the summer you can also watch the archaeologists and students at work continuing to excavate it. All in all it makes for a surprisingly interesting day out if the weather's good, with some healthy exercise thrown in!

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Reviewed November 12, 2012

Silchester is a great historic site to visit where you can walk the ruins of this important Roman area. Especially rewarding if you go when the University of Reading is doing one of its digs - the finds are on display and you can see the staff, students and volunteers in action. A great place to visit for all age groups. Great pubs nearby if you have built up a thirst!!

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Reviewed November 5, 2012

Most of the reviews of this I've read are fairly accurate - it's basically an enormous field surrounded by an original Roman flint wall, with a footpath running on top of the wall, but the main point of interest is the amphitheatre; a full intact example that you can walk all the way around at the top (although this path can be slightly precipitous,) and mooch around down on the arena itself. There are the usual information signs which are quite nice. The car park is free and has more information signs but be aware that the car park is the other end from the amphitheatre and church - it's worth driving round the other side and parking in the church car park if you want to see these two features in particular. On a Sunny day, its a very nice walk, but on a cold winters day it's all rather bleak and windy. However! the real time to visit Silchester is when Reading University's archeologists are doing a 'dig.' They do the dig every year and fill all the soil back in again, but when they are at it there is a student assigned to 'tourist duty' and if the foreman sees you he sends the student over to make you welcome and show you around the tent with all the artifacts they've dug up. I presume the dates can change each year so best to check with the university, but we happened upon this by chance and it added a lot of interest to our visit. The Red Lion pub isn't far away either and that's worth visiting as well just to experience the gigantic inglenook-type fireplace, and it also does meals and badger ale.

Thank guitardog
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Reviewed November 4, 2012

It's a nice walk around the old Roman settlement. The history of Britain is something that has always amazed me I was facinated to read about the town. We took a picnic and made a day of it, and it was great that there were local students from Reading that were on hand and available to explain the latest goings on at the site. The church is always worth a visit.

Would recommend it to any history buffs out there.

Thank Brian T
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Reviewed October 24, 2012

I live locally and often walk around/on the walls. There is a circular walk around the walls bisected by one through the middle. Not easily wheelchair accessible, but very nice for a walk. There are maps near the entrance in the main carpark, and a number of information plaques as you walk around. If you get the chance visit during the summer holidays when the university runs an archeological dig, and the students explain all about the site and their finds. No facilities (toilets/cafe/museum) etc and local pubs are driving, rather than walking distance. The ampitheatre - just outside the circular walk - is also worth a visit. Very atmospheric, and an English Heritage site..

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