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“Forgotten Roman town”

Silchester Roman City Walls and Amphitheatre
Ranked #6 of 88 things to do in Reading
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 15 April 2014

Maybe the only Roman town in England never subsequently built over. Consequently you can stand on the Roman walls (remains) and see across to the opposite walls and get a real sense of what once was despite the absence of buildings. It stands in the midst open undeveloped open countryside, good for picnics.There are even the remains of an amphitheatre. Yet nobody ever seems to know about this gem, like the Ozymandias statue, silent and still it remains, a reminder of our past. Visit!

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Reviewed 6 April 2014 via mobile

This area is absolutely stunning with amazing Roman history. Well worth a visit whether you're walking the dog or just fancy a family day out. You will not be disappointed.

1  Thank DexterMorganCSI
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Reviewed 2 April 2014

The area of the Roman towns sports some fantastic old city walls and the opportunity to some glorious walks in the middle of the countryside. Look inside the church, it is well worth the visit.

Thank AngharadWilmslow
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Reviewed 26 March 2014

Superb place for a walk whether you wish to achieve solitude or chat with a friend. There's even a portal oho tucked away in trees near the main car park. Slight criticism is lack of dog poo bins as you walk around, hence dog mess is often left.
Considering it's historical interest it's great because there's no fee to pay to visit.
I wouldn't say it's ideal for push chairs or wheel chairs and can be quite muddy dependent on time of years which is to be expected.

Thank Flatulent
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Reviewed 19 March 2014

This is a wonderfully peaceful place to walk among the ghosts of civilisations past. Within the most complete Roman walls in Europe to imagine what life must have once been. Wander around the outside of the walls and in places see the finished dressed wall just as the builders left it all that time ago. In summer the excavations by Reading University are fascinating and always someone on hand to give you a free guided tour.
There is the amphitheatre just close by, let the kids become gladiators for a while. And , of course ,the lovely little church of St Mary's.
This really is a hidden gem, and it is absolutely free.

1  Thank Kintad
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