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“A nice walk if you apply some imagination”

Silchester Roman City Walls and Amphitheatre
Ranked #6 of 86 things to do in Reading
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Reading, UK
Level 4 Contributor
24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
“A nice walk if you apply some imagination”
Reviewed October 13, 2013

A massive free-to-enter Roman ruin. The walks are clearly signposted, and there are information boards dotted about, but most of the time you are left to your own imagination. Worth a visit on a sunny day, and more so if the local university are excavating at the time (they do so for most of the summer) - but there's not a lot of shelter, so choose your day carefully!

Visited July 2013
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Wollongong, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
56 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Unexpected experience”
Reviewed October 9, 2013

It was by chance we came upon the Roman Amphitheatre at Silchester near Reading UK. If you like Iron age/Roman history then this place is a must. As yet unspoilt by over commercialism, there is no cafe, no postcard or souvenir sales, no entry fee, just a delightful walk looking at a great length of Roman wall, a very visible Roman Amphitheatre and a site being excavated and supervised by Reading University. We spent three hours there and loved every minute.

Visited October 2013
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Bristol, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
91 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Very interesting walk”
Reviewed September 3, 2013

If you have a good imagination you can take yourself back to Roman days. The University of Reading is still digging - not all the time of course, and more and more is being unearthed. You gets the feel of what it was like then, especially when standing in the middle of the amphitheatre.
A walk along the walls is extremely interesting and gives an idea of the size of the town. Lots and lots of ongoing discoveries.

If you go "out of season" it can be quite eerie, especially at dusk!!!

Well worth a visit.

Visited August 2013
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Reading, UK
Level 5 Contributor
75 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Lovely walk amongst ancient historical site”
Reviewed August 20, 2013 via mobile

Lovely walk around the walls and amphitheatre. I'd highly recommend you download the English Heritage's audio guide before you go, as it really added to our enjoyment and understanding of the site. It suggests a route and talks you though what you're looking at; not just a view with an old wall! It brings to to life.
Free car park and a port-a-loo, which was just about ok.

Visited August 2013
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worcester
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41 attraction reviews
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“Well worth the walk -BUT”
Reviewed August 10, 2013

This 32 hectare Roman Town site was built over a Stoneage settlement,,and The University of
Reading Archaeology Dept. continue this , every July and August, and will do for many years. First `re-discovered` and excavated in 1866 by the Revd. James Joyce ( no NOT that one ! ) ,who found the Roman Eagle, now on display at the local Reading Musuem ( see separate review) Subsequent excavations ,, particularly from 1997, have revealed a quite exceptional site and much more `is to come`
However- still worthwhile !.

Visited August 2013
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