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A Visit to Silchester Roman City Walls and Amphitheatre

We recently took a visit to Silchester Roman City Walls and Amphitheatre in Hampshire. If your child is studying The Roman’s at school, this is a good place to go for a walk and a chance to show them some real history.

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History of Silchester Roman City Walls and Amphitheatre

‘Silchester in Hampshire has its origins as Calleva, a centre of the Iron Age Atrebates tribe from the late 1st century BC. After the Roman conquest of AD 43 it became the large and important town of Calleva Atrebatum. Unlike most Roman towns, it was never reoccupied or built over after it was abandoned in the 6th or 7th century, so archaeological investigations have given an unusually complete picture of its development. The complete circuit of the Roman walls, some of the best-preserved Roman town defences in England, and remains of the amphitheatre still stand’. (Information Source – English Heritage).

Where did we walk? 

From the car park, we walked through the gate at the right hand corner of the car park as you look at the information boards. Then followed the footpath until we reached the first signs of the wall. When we visited we saw some cows en-route. 

SIlchester Roman City

Silchester Roman City


On the left, you will find a gate which will take you to walk along the Roman Wall to North Gate. At this point, we carried on along a very straight path which took us to St Mary the Virgin Church. We walked through the church yard, stopping for a look in the church itself. 

Silchester Roman City

Silchester Roman City

Silchester Roman City


Then we went down through the church car park and walked up the hill, past a couple of houses until we reached the Silchester amphitheatre.

Silchester Roman City
Silchester Roman City

Silchester Roman City


After spending some time in the Amphitheatre, discussing what we could see, we then headed back out of the Amphitheatre, up across a field for a short while to a kissing gate on the left hand-side in the hedge. 

Silchester Roman City


We crossed the road, walked over the bridge and gate and back to the Roman Wall. Here, we got a great view of the historic Roman Wall, the size and its depths. We then walked up on the top of the Roman Wall, following it round to the North Gate. We looked at the North Gate, with more questions and answers, before following the Roman Wall back to the gate way. At this point we followed the path back to the car park.

Silchester Roman City
Silchester Roman City

Silchester Roman City

Silchester Roman City

Silchester Roman City
Is there lots to see at Silchester?

This walk is a walk of history – you get an opportunity to see Roman Walks, and the outline of The Amphitheatre, plus you can see where the Roman Village would have been situated. You do need to use your imagination to take you back in time to the Roman era – there are fact boards dotted around the site to help with facts. 

How long is the walk? 

The walk took us about 1.5 – 2 hours but that was with stops to read the boards, have some snacks and to spend some time in The Amphitheatre. You can pick a different walking route to make the walk longer or shorter. It would be a nice place to go for a walk and picnic. 

Is the walk buggy friendly? 

If you don’t walk up on the Roman Wall, you could take a buggy on this walk. However, you would struggle with a buggy if you walked on the wall as it’s uneven walking and quite high up. 

Is the walk dog-friendly? 

The walk is dog-friendly, but dogs are asked to be kept on their leads. Remember if you walk on the Roman Walls they are uneven and high-up.

Does it cost anything to go here?

It is free to visit Silchester Roman City Walls and Amphitheatre.

Where can you park? 

The car park can be found at this address; Silchester, Hampshire, RG7 2HP.

The English Heritage website says the car park is charged for, there however no parking payment machine when we visited. The car park has a height restriction barrier on it. The car park opens daily, April – September 8am – 7pm and October – March 8.30am – 4pm. 

Are there toilets? 

There is one portable toilet at the beginning of the walk by the car park. 

What Else

You can read about our visit to Silchester Playground here which is only a short drive away (approx 10 minutes)

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