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“Lots to see”

Silchester Roman City Walls and Amphitheatre
Ranked #6 of 88 things to do in Reading
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London, United Kingdom
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77 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Lots to see”
Reviewed April 29, 2013

A surprising amount of Roman wall remains, as well as an amphitheatre, set among the English countryside and with great old architecture all around (in the form of churches, etc.), make this a great day out, especially when the weather's nice. Not the easiest to get to via public transport but it can be done, especially if you don't mind walking. England at its best.

Visited December 2012
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Portsmouth
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“Discovered by accident”
Reviewed April 9, 2013

We discovered Silchester 'by accident' as we passed it cycling on National Cycle Route 23. As its a failry large Roman town that was completely abandoned in the fifth century, the main thing you can see is the massive ancient and very worn city wall, and the amphitheater. There is an excellent website from University of Reading (which also does open archaeological events and field school 'holidays' at Silchester during the summer). I also found out it was site where Margaret Sutcliffe's 'Eagle of the ninth' was discovered. Its surrounded by the rural English landscape, and makes an excellent break on Route 23, halfway between Reading and Basingstoke. Flagged for a more extensive revisit later in the year!

Visited April 2013
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Reading, United Kingdom
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“Great for Walking”
Reviewed April 3, 2013

Lovely open countryside for walking around the site and not many people. Looking forward to visiting again when the weather improves. The walk is on the flat for those who may struggle with a hilly terrain.

Visited September 2012
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Market Harborough, United Kingdom
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“A Lovely Place”
Reviewed March 29, 2013

Before you go, download the audio guide from the English Heritage website, it is great and really adds to the visit and makes sure you don't miss anything. We spent a good hour or so wandering around, visiting the amphitheatre and learning about the place. Best visited when there is nice weather as there is nowhere to shelter!

Visited March 2013
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“Unspoilt remains”
Reviewed March 6, 2013

The roman town is a good 20mins drive from Reading and 5mins from the car park. But it's worth it to have a walk around the walls of the old town. Being so remote it remains relatively unspoilt; there's no plastic walkway, gift shop, audio tour, or any other of the perfunctory tourist treats. When you're there you can see the enclosure of the town just as it was in Roman times. The highlight of the visit is standing in the amphitheatre, much of which remains intact. Be warned though, there are no toilet facilities there; if you need to go then you go as the Romans went!

I've visited Calleva a dozen times in the past 4 years and it never loses its majesty.

Visited September 2012
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