Visit the best Roman sites in the United Kingdom

Roman baths in Bath, photo by heatheronhertravels/Flickr

There are numerous monuments and buildings in the United Kingdom that were left by the Romans. Some of these are even 2000 years old and still resist. These are spectacular examples of Roman architecture and attract dozens of visitors each year, being very popular tourist attractions. If you are interested in Roman architecture and will visit the United Kingdom on your next holiday, this article is the perfect source of information for you! Below there will be presented the best Roman sites in the country. Whether you would like to visit forts, roads, baths, temples or castles, you will find wonderful sites in the United Kingdom.

 

Hadrian’s Wall

The well-known wall was used as a fortification during the rule of Hadrian, a Roman emperor. The stone wall was built across Great Britain, about 2000 years ago. A large portion of the famous wall still exists and attracts dozens of tourists each year. Visitors can follow the Hadrian’s Wall Path on foot to admire the remains of it. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is considered the most popular attraction of Northern England. It is also one of the United Kingdom’s best-known landmarks.

Portion of the Hadrian’s Wall, photo by quisnovus/Flickr

 

The Roman baths in Bath

Being the only one hot spring in the United Kingdom, the wonderful bathing complex in the city of Bath was also built by the Romans. There is also a temple situated near the bath. The remains are very well preserved, being very popular among visitors of the city of Bath. The bath can be visited every day until 22:00 during the months July and August. It is open daily except on the 25th and 26th of December. (September 2012)

Roman baths in Bath, photo by heatheronhertravels/Flickr

Portchester Castle

Situated in Hampshire, Southeast England, it is a wonderful castle which was built by the Romans. Portchester Castle is very well preserved. It was built in the 3rd century. There are audio tours inside the building which present the history of the castle. The opening times vary depending on the seasons. It can be visited between the 1st of April and the 30th of September daily from 10:00 to 18:00; between the 1st of October and the 4th of November daily from 10:00 to 16:00; between the 5th of November and the 17th of February only on weekends from 10:00 to 16:00. (September 2012)

Remains of Portchester Castle, photo by sermoa/Flickr

Viroconium

It was a Roman town of which ruins can be found in the southeastern part of Shrewsbury. The town of Viroconium is considered to be established in 58 AD. Visiting the ruins of Viroconium is a unique experience. You can walk where the Romans once walked. There were also public baths, smaller temples and rudimentary shops in the town. The ruins of Viroconium are surely a must-see Roman site of England.

The Roman Painted House

The wonderful house is a popular tourist attraction, being a well-preserved Roman site in the United Kingdom. It is considered to be built around 200 AD. The Roman Painted House can be found in the town of Dover, in Southeast England. Today there is a museum inside the house and presents spectacular paintings (Roman murals). It can be visited from February to December, from 10:00 to 17:00 (13:00 to 17:00 on Sundays). The admission fee is £3.00 for adults and £2.00 for children and concessions. (September 2012)

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