Although The Romans’ invasion ended thousands of years ago, their evidence can still be seen in Britain today with many towns and cities having a Roman site or ruin. Most of these ruins are now used as attractions, showing visitors just what life was like in Roman Britain. Monty Python raised the question ‘what did the Romans ever do for us?’ and these attractions prove that the simple answer to that question is a lot! Read on to discover just three of the best Roman attractions that we have here in the UK.
The Roman Baths, Bath
Located in the heart of the stunning city of Bath, is the Roman Baths; a well-preserved Roman Bathhouse allowing visitors to explore Roman history, how the baths were built, who used them and even try a taste of the naturally warm spring water. The main draw of the Baths is of course the bath itself, which takes pride of place in the centre of the museum and is one of the final exhibits that you come to.
Roman Amphitheatre, Chester
Chester is not only the home of Sykes Cottages, but the city is also home to the largest Roman amphitheatre in Britain. A focal point of modern Chester since being excavated in 2005, the amphitheatre – which is now used for outdoor events and is a stop off point on many tours of the city – would have been used by the Romans for military training and for entertaining. If you’re enjoying a family holiday in Chester, we recommend a visit to the Dewa Roman Experience, where tours include allowing children to experience being in the Roman military by marching through Chester city centre.
Roman Vindolanda and the Roman Army Museum, Northumberland
If you find yourself around Hadrian’s Wall Country, Vindolanda is definitely worth a visit. Featuring two sites – the Roman Vindolanda and the Roman Army Museum, there is plenty to see and do at this wonderful attraction. The Roman Army museum is all indoors and its exhibitions allow visitors to step into the lives of Roman soldiers. A fifteen minute drive through the beautiful Northumberland countryside from The Roman Army Museum will bring you to the Roman Vindolanda, home to the Vindolanda Writing Tablets. During summer, visitors are treated to live excavations meaning you can see the Roman history being uncovered during your visit.