Our guide to the very best Roman ruins and Roman sites in Britain will help you discover the fabulous Roman remains still on offer in the UK today.
There are numerous Roman sites in Britain, some are world famous and explored by thousands of tourists every year, while other UK Roman ruins are left ignored and forgotten, sought only by diehard Roman-history fans. Our comprehensive map of Britain's Romans sites will help you explore them all.
From the moment they invaded in 43AD through to their eventual withdrawal around 410AD, the Romans stamped their authority on Britain through military fortifications, Roman-style cities, civic buildings and great monuments. This archaeological legacy can still be explored across the United Kingdom, from the famous Roman Baths of Bath to Hadrian’s Wall and almost everywhere in between.
Our guide to the Roman sites of the UK and to the UK's Roman ruins can help you discover all of these places and more. Simply explore the interactive map of Roman Sites in Britain above or take a look at what’s on offer below.
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One of the best – if not the best – Roman sites in the UK, Portchester contains the country’s only intact set of Roman walls. Built during the third century AD, Portchester is the country’s only example of a Roman fort whose walls still stand complete up to around six metres. Definitely one not to miss.
Portchester Castle in Hampshire offers a fantastic insight into various periods of British history and originally dates back to the Roman era. Built during Roman times, probably in the third century AD, Portchester Castle is the country’s only example of a Roman fort whose walls still stand complete up to... Read More
Probably the best-known of the Roman ruins in Britain, Hadrian’s Wall was a vast defensive structure spanning 73 miles and built under the rule of Roman Emperor Hadrian between 122 and 130 AD. Actually made up of a number of sites, Hadrian’s Wall is probably the most famous of the UK’s Roman sites. Today, many areas can be explored, giving an insight into this 73-mile ancient fortification.
Hadrian’s Wall is a magnificent remnant of Roman Britain and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Built under the rule of Roman Emperor Hadrian between 122 and 130 AD, it took six legions to complete this once 73 mile wall – 80 miles by Roman measurements. At the time of its... Read More
One of the most popular of all Roman sites in the United Kingdom, the Roman baths of Bath contain the remains of this ancient bath house as well as other artefacts, finds and displays from the ancient Roman town of Aqua Sulis. The Romans Baths were built around 44 AD - vast and lavish, the baths were able to accommodate far more people than just the residents of this town and were intended as a place for people to visit from across the Empire. Today, the Roman Baths offer an incredibly comprehensive insight into the lives of the ancient Romans in the town and around Britain. The site looks quite small from the outside, but it is actually vast and a visit can last several hours.
The world famous Roman Baths complex in Bath, UK, contains an incredible set of thermal spas and an impressive ancient Roman bathing house. First discovered in the nineteenth century, the Roman Baths are one of the best preserved ancient Roman sites in the UK and form a major tourist attraction. Among the... Read More
Containing the remains of a huge Roman palace complex, Fishbourne is one of the most interesting Roman sites in the UK and contains not only ruins, but interactive displays and reconstructions. Built on the site of a Roman supply compound, Fishbourne was a vast and impressive development which would have been built for the very highest echelons of Romano-British society.
Fishbourne Roman Palace in West Sussex hosts the remains of a huge Roman palace complex which was constructed in the 1st century AD. Built on the site of a Roman supply compound, Fishbourne Roman Palace was a vast and impressive development which would have been built for the very highest echelons... Read More
One of the most popular Roman remains in Britain, Bignor has some of the most amazing Roman mosaics in the UK as well as practical, hands on activities for kids. The villa site was developed over two centuries before it was abandoned, probably after the Roman withdrawal from Britain. Re-discovered in the early 19th century, it is now enclosed in Georgian buildings which are themselves worthy of note.
Bignor Roman Villa is a large Roman villa site on the Bignor estate. Situated in West Sussex, the Bignor Roman Villa complex hosts the remains of a 3rd century ancient Roman home. The site was developed over two centuries before it was abandoned – probably after the Roman withdrawal from... Read More
Home to the notable ruins of a 1st century Roman legionary barracks, Caerleon ranks among the best UK Roman sites. Among other things it contains the remains of a 6,000-seater amphitheatre.
Caerleon Roman Fortress is home to the impressive remains of a first century Roman legionary barracks, fortifications, amphitheatre and baths. In fact, they are said to be Europe’s only such barracks on display. Built in approximately 75AD, the Caerleon Roman Fortress was known as Isca and would have been... Read More
One of the best known forts along Hadrian’s Wall, Vindolanda contains an array of interesting Roman ruins as well as an excellent museum. The structures at Vindolanda range from a pre-Hadriatic baths complex to post-Roman mausoleum and church, demonstration of the lengthy period for which the site has been occupied. It remains one of the most popular Roman sites in the UK today and is visited by huge numbers of tourists every year.
Vindolanda was one of the main Ancient Roman wall forts of Hadrian’s Wall, the 73-mile barrier built by the Emperor Hadrian from 122 AD. However, Vindolanda is thought to have been inhabited by the Romans from 85 AD, following the victory of the Roman Governor Agricola at the Battle of Mons... Read More
Containing the remains of ancient granaries, houses and markets, this Roman archaeological site was once a thriving Roman settlement. Before the construction of Hadrian’s Wall, Corbridge was the site of several forts but once the wall was complete, Corbridge began developing into a town. Today, it’s open to visitors and certainly among the largest roman remains in Britain to explore.
Corbridge Roman Town was a thriving Ancient Roman settlement near Hadrian’s Wall, yet it was occupied before this iconic wall was built. In fact, before the Emperor Hadrian built his famous 73-mile barrier, Corbridge was the site of several forts. However, once Hadrian’s Wall was complete, Corbridge began developing into... Read More
One of the best preserved forts along Hadrian’s Wall, this archaeological site has loads to see, including the ancient fortifications and houses. Built in around 124 AD, Housesteads Roman Fort housed around 1,000 troops and remained in use until the fourth century. It is one of many forts to be found among the Roman sites in the United Kingdom.
Housesteads Roman Fort, originally known as 'Vercovicium', is one of the best preserved and most important of the forts along Hadrian’s Wall. Built in around 124 AD, Housesteads Roman Fort housed around 1,000 troops and remained in use until the fourth century. Visitors to Housesteads Roman Fort can see the various... Read More
One of the lesser-known British Roman sites, the remains of this amphitheatre lie tucked away in the Guildhall Art Gallery. While little is left to see, it has been turned into an interesting exhibition and is therefore worth a look.
The London Roman Amphitheatre was discovered in 1988 and remains the only known Roman amphitheatre in the city. Believed to have first been built in 74 AD, the London Roman Amphitheatre was probably extensively renovated in the second century, in around 120 AD. At its peak, the London Roman Amphitheatre would... Read More
Built in the 1st century AD, Lullingstone Roman Villa is one of many UK Roman sites which give an insight into the lives of the Romano-British elite. Today you can explore its ruins as well as artefacts, videos and interactive displays.
Lullingstone Roman Villa is a fine example of a 1st Century Roman villa. Built roughly 50 years after the Roman conquest of Britain, Lullingstone Roman Villa was home to the wealthier elements of Romano-British society. A villa stood on the site for over 300 years before its eventual destruction and abandonment.... Read More
Located today in modern St Albans, Verulamium was one of the most important Roman cities in Britain. Formerly the tribal capital of the native Catuvellauni tribe, Verulamium was conquered by the Romans during their invasion of the island in 43 AD. Visitors can still see the remains of the Roman walls, as well as the impressive Roman theatre - one of the few Roman theatres in Britain to have survived. As well as the site itself, Verulamium Museum stands on St Michael’s St, with displays of Roman everyday life.
Verulamium was a prominent Roman settlement near modern day St Albans in England. Formerly the tribal capital of the native Catuvellauni tribe, Verulamium was conquered by the Romans during their invasion of the island in 43 AD. By 50 AD, Verulamium had become a major Roman town, and as such was... Read More
Perhaps in contrast to the above, this pretty reconstructed Roman site is made up of a number of Roman finds and artefacts gathered from various sites in Roman Chester. One of the most tranquil places on our list of Roman Sites in the UK.
The Chester Roman Gardens are a small garden and park complex close to Chester Roman Amphitheatre which contains a number of Roman finds and artefacts gathered from various sites in Roman Chester. Originally built in the early 1950s, the gardens were re-designed in 2001 and now provide a scenic spot... Read More
One of the more hidden places on our map of Roman sites in Britain, Welwyn Roman Baths can be found in a specially built vault under the A1 motorway. Excavations took place before the motorway was constructed and efforts to preserve the baths resulted in the construction of the chamber and an access tunnel. Visitors can view the remains of the small bath complex, information on the Roman approach to bathing and on the lives of those who lived in Roman Britain.
The Welwyn Roman Baths complex houses the remains of a Roman bathhouse dating back to the 3rd century AD. Originally part of a larger Roman Villa, the Welwyn Roman Baths are housed in a unique environment - an underground chamber built nine metres below the A1(M) motorway. Excavations took place before... Read More
The Roman Lighthouse in Dover is a ruined first century AD Roman tower which is one of the best-preserved of its kind anywhere in the world. The original structure was 24m tall and consisted of eight storeys of which only four remain. Today it sits directly alongside the Saxon church of St Mary-in-Castro, which is constructed from Roman materials.
The Roman Lighthouse in Dover is a ruined first century AD Roman tower which originally served to guide shipping into the ancient Roman port of Dubris. Today it is one of the best-preserved of its kind anywhere in the world. The original octagonal structure was 24m tall and consisted of six... Read More
Aesica was one of several UK Roman Forts build along the line of Hadrian’s Wall. It is thought to have been constructed in the early 2nd century - and today it’s remains sit directly alongside a modern farm complex. The original fort had three main gates with double portals and towers at each corner of the fort. At some point the western gate was completely blocked up. Today the fort remains reasonably well preserved by the standards of the sites along Hadrian’s Wall, which itself is probably the most famous Roman site in Britain. A Roman bathhouse has also been found a short distance to the south of the fort, around 100 yards away.
Aesica was one of several Roman Forts build along the line of Hadrian’s Wall. It is thought to have been constructed in the early 2nd century - probably around 128 AD. Today it’s remains sit directly alongside a modern farm complex. Unlike other forts along Hadrian’s Wall, Aesica is actually located... Read More
Aldborough was originally the capital and stronghold of the Brigantes, who controlled vast swathes of Northern England, before becoming Romanised in the first century AD.
Aldborough Roman Site contains the remains of the Roman town of Isurium Brigantium as well as an interesting museum looking at the history of the settlement. Before the Roman occupation, the region in which modern Aldborough stands was ruled by the Celtic Brigantes. The Brigantes were one of the dominant tribes... Read More
One of the oldest churches in London, All Hallows by the Tower contains Roman and Saxon remains as well as other interesting elements.
The church of All Hallows by the Tower has a history dating back to Saxon times and ranks among the oldest churches in London. Originally built around 675AD, the church of All Hallows was actually constructed on top of earlier Roman buildings, elements of which can still be seen today. Over... Read More
A British Roman ruin located in the lake district, Ambleside Roman Fort dates from the 2nd century and are located on the shores of Lake Windermere. It served as a supply base to the larger fortifications at Hadrian’s Wall as well as being used to keep order in the local area. When the Romans first arrived in Britain and conquered the north of England an initial fortification was built here, however it was abandoned soon after. The site was later reoccupied by the Romans and a permanent fort was established early in the 2nd century AD.
The remains of Ambleside Roman Fort date from the 2nd century and are located on the shores of Lake Windermere. Built during the reign of the Emperor Hadrian, it served as a supply base to the larger fortifications at Hadrian’s Wall as well as being used to keep order in the... Read More
Built around 160AD, Arbeia was a supply base and garrison which guarded the entrance to the river Tyne. Today, Arbeia has been partially reconstructed, allowing visitors to experience how this once-mighty fortification would have looked in its prime. It is one of many Roman ruins in Britain that gives an insight into Roman military fortifications.
Arbeia Roman Fort was built in around 160 AD and guarded Hadrian’s Wall and the entrance to the River Tyne. One of many wall forts along the wall, Arbeia Roman Fort also acted as a military supply base. Today, Arbeia Roman Fort has been partially reconstructed, allowing visitors to really experience... Read More
Ardoch Roman Fort contains the well preserved earthworks of a Roman fort in Scotland, with ditches up to six foot high.
Ardoch Roman Fort, also known as the Braco Fort or Alavna Veniconvm is a well preserved - many say exceptionally preserved - fort in Scotland. The earthworks include six foot high ditches although there are now no remaining wooden or stone structures at the site. ... Read More
Once forming part of the Antonine Wall, this ancient military outpost was one of the most important defensive points along the wall. Today, visitors can still discern parts of the fort, including its bath complex. Among the less well-known UK Roman ruins, it is still worth a look.
Bar Hill Fort was one of the forts along The Antonine Wall, a second century Roman defensive wall in Scotland. Today, visitors can still discern parts of Bar Hill Fort - once this wall’s highest fort - including its bath complex. It is also a double treat for history buffs, as... Read More
Built in the 2nd century as part of one of the Antonine Wall forts, Bearsden can now be found among modern houses and is one of the more tucked-away of the places on our Roman Sites UK list. Today, the remains represent some of the best preserved of this Roman military structure.
The Bearsden Bath House was a second century Roman bath complex which would have served one of the forts of The Antonine Wall. Today, the remains of the Bearsden Bath House - located innocuously in the middle of a modern housing estate - represent some of the best of this Roman... Read More
Binchester Roman Fort contains the remains of one of the largest Roman fortifications in Britain. Founded around 80 AD, the fort could play host to a considerable military force and was an important staging post for the Roman military in the region. Binchester Roman Fort remained in use throughout the Roman period and a large civilian settlement grew up around it. Today the Binchester site is open to visitors, who can explore its remains along with those of a Roman bath house within the complex.
Binchester Roman Fort contains the remains of one of the largest Roman fortifications in northern Britain. Founded around 80 AD, the fort could play host to a considerable military force and was an important staging post for the Roman military in the region. Evidence found at the site show that the... Read More
Situated alongside one of the best-preserved stretches of Hadrian’s Wall, Birdoswald was once home to over 1,000 soldiers. Even after the Romans left Britain, Birdoswald Roman Fort remained inhabited up to the fifth century AD. Today, the ruins include walls, gateways and workshops. One of many forts on our map of Roman Sites in the UK.
Birdoswald Roman Fort is not only one of the most well-preserved of the wall forts of the iconic Hadrian’s Wall, it is also next to some of the best stretches of this 73-mile barrier. At its peak, Birdoswald Roman Fort would have housed up to 1,000 soldiers who were there to... Read More
Housed in a purpose built structure, Brading Roman Villa on the Isle of Wight was a 1st century Roman house and is an interesting example of Britain’s roman sites. Thought to have first been constructed in the mid-first century, it is believed that the villa was developed into a stone structure by the middle of the second century.
Brading Roman Villa was part of an Ancient Roman farm on the Isle of Wight and is now an archaeological site and museum. Thought to have first been constructed in the mid-first century, it is believed that Brading Roman Villa was developed into a stone structure by the middle of the... Read More
Bremenium Roman Fort was an important Roman outpost which was located beyond Hadrian’s Wall. This heavily fortified garrison stood for more than 200 years as the most northerly base in the entire Roman Empire. Unlike many forts of its type, Bremenium had thicker walls and included significant artillery emplacements - highlighting the fact this fort existed at the very fringes of Empire, essentially in enemy territory. Consequently, no civilian settlements grew up outside the walls and there seems to have been little or nothing of this nature at Bremenium. Though much of the original stonework has been plundered over the years, the remains of the Roman fort of Bremenium can still be seen.
Bremenium Roman Fort was an important Roman outpost and garrison which was located beyond the major fortifications of Hadrian’s Wall, near modern-day Rochester in Northumberland. This heavily fortified garrison site stood for more than 200 years as the most northerly base in the entire Roman Empire. The fortress operated as an... Read More
The Roman Fort at Burgh Castle is one of the best preserved Roman sites in Britain. Built between 260 AD and 280 AD, the walls of this impressive fortification remain in remarkably good condition - they survive on three sides and stretch as high as four metres. Known as Gariannonum, Burgh Castle Roman Fort was originally built as part of the Saxon Shore defences, which were designed to act as a defensive system protecting against seaborne raiders from Denmark and Germany. Today the remains of Burgh Castle Roman Fort are truly impressive; both for their state of preservation and for the located, situated as it is on a low cliff above the Waveney estuary.
The Roman Fort at Burgh Castle is one of the best preserved Roman sites in Britain. Built between 260 AD and 280 AD, the walls of this impressive fortification remain in remarkably good condition - they survive on three sides and stretch as high as four metres. Burgh Castle Roman Fort... Read More
Hidden next to a medieval church in Holyhead, Anglesey, this small Roman fortlet is one of the most obscure Roman sites in the United Kingdom. It is thought that Caer Gybi was constructed to defend against pirates who were operating in the area and this smaller fortlet was probably an outpost of the larger Roman fort at Segontium.
Caer Gybi in Holyhead contains the remains of a small Roman fortlet and naval base. It is thought that Caer Gybi was constructed to defend against pirates who were operating in the area and this smaller fortlet was probably an outpost of the larger Roman fort at Segontium.... Read More
Caerwent contains the fascinating remains of the Roman settlement of Venta Silurum. Particularly impressive are the ruins of the defensive wall, which rank among the best of their type of any UK Roman ruins.
Caerwent Roman Town is the name of the collection of Roman ruins which formed part of the once buzzing Roman settlement of Venta Silurum. Probably founded in the first century AD, Venta Silurum reached its peak in the second century and was home to a range of buildings and facilities.... Read More
A Norman castle built over the site of a Roman fort, Cardiff Castle contains the reconstructed remains of the original Roman defensive wall. With its good access to the sea, the site of Cardiff Castle was first home to a succession of British Roman forts, initially built in the mid first century AD.
Cardiff Castle is a medieval complex comprised of a range of styles and with a diverse history. With its good access to the sea, the site of Cardiff Castle was first home to a succession of Roman forts, initially built in the mid first century AD. In the eleventh century, the... Read More
The Cawthorn Roman Camps are the remains of a late 1st / early 2nd century AD Roman military enclosure situated in the south of the North York Moors.
The Cawthorn Roman Camps are the remains of a Roman military enclosure situated in the south of the North York Moors. Today, little remains of the site apart from the earthworks which were constructed at the perimeter of the camps. The Cawthorn Roman Camps probably date from the late 1st and... Read More
A second century AD luxurious Roman Villa, the ruins of Chedworth today give just a hint of its former glory. One of several lavish Roman villas to have been excavated among the Roman ruins of Britain.
Chedworth Roman Villa was a luxurious and vast home believed to have been built in around 120 AD, at which time this would have been a typical stately home. Constructed with a central courtyard, Chedworth Roman Villa is comprised of a series of rooms containing several stunning mosaics, ancient relics and... Read More
Chester Roman Amphitheatre is Britain’s largest known Roman amphitheatre. For those seeking Roman sites in the UK, this is one of the better known. However, the fact that little remains of this amphitheatre can mean it can be a bit of a let-down.
Chester Roman Amphitheatre is Britain’s largest known Roman amphitheatre. Originally part of the Roman settlement of ‘Deva’ which was founded in around 79AD and is now modern day Chester, Chester Roman Amphitheatre would have been able to seat between 8,000 and 12,000 spectators. Two amphitheatres were actually built on the site... Read More
One of the most interesting Roman sites in Britain, Chesters Roman Fort contains the extensive and well-preserved remains of this Roman legionary outpost which made up part of the defences of Hadrian’s Wall.
Chesters Roman Fort, originally known as Cilurnum, was built as part of Hadrian’s Wall, the famous 73-mile barrier constructed under the remit of the Emperor Hadrian from 122 AD. The role of the 600 soldiers garrisoned at Chesters Roman Fort was to guard a bridge across the Rover Tyne which... Read More
Chysauster Ancient Village contains the ruins of an Iron Age settlement in Cornwall, which is operated by English Heritage.
Chysauster Ancient Village contains the ruins of a late Iron Age and Romano-British settlement in Cornwall, which is operated by English Heritage. It is believed that Chysauster was inhabited from about 100 BC until the 3rd century AD and was primarily an agricultural settlement. This late Iron Age village is believed... Read More
Little remains of this 2nd century amphitheatre which once held up to 8,000 people. However, it’s still worth a stroll by for those seeking Roman sites in the area. Among just a handful of amphitheatres on our map of Roman ruins in Britain.
Cirencester Amphitheatre is thought to have been built in the second century AD and to have had a capacity of 8,000 spectators. The theatre of the major Roman city of Corinium, today known as Cirencester, Cirencester Amphitheatre would have attracted visitors from around Roman Britain. Very little is left of Cirencester... Read More
Once the capital of Roman Britain, Colchester Castle is built on the remains of the famous Roman Temple of Claudius. One of the most hidden Roman sites in Britain, the remains of this temple can only be viewed on special tours of the castle.
Colchester Castle is a beautifully preserved Norman stronghold with a rich history dating back to Roman times. Built from 1076 (some say from 1069) and completed in around 1100, Colchester Castle was constructed under the order of King William I for use as a royal fortress. Colchester Castle would go... Read More
Crofton Roman Villa in Orpington, London, contains the remains of an ancient house and farm complex originally built in the second century AD and occupied until around 400AD.
Crofton Roman Villa in Orpington, London, contains the remains of an ancient house and farm complex originally built in the second century AD and occupied until around 400AD. The villa formed the centre of a farming estate and was altered several times during its 260 years of occupation. Today the... Read More
Little remains of this site, which was once part of the Antonine Wall, a vast second century defensive barrier in Scotland which ran from West Kilpatrick to Carriden. It is one of a number of Britain’s Roman sites which made up part of this famous defensive structure. Visitors to the site can make out two beacon platforms and a defensive ditch which would have formed part of the original fortifications.
Croy Hill was the site of one of the Roman forts of the Antonine Wall, a vast second century defensive barrier in Scotland which ran from West Kilpatrick to Carriden, along what is now Scotland’s central belt. The wall was constructed to control trade and offer protection from the more... Read More
Situated on the site of a Roman fort in the historic city of Chester, Dewa Roman Experience allows visitors a hands-on exploration of a Roman legionary base.
Built on the former site of an ancient Roman fort, Dewa Roman Experience is a hands-on archaeological site containing the remains of this a Roman legionary base. The Roman fort site at Chester was a strategic base for the Roman army circa AD 50. Initially the site had been a small... Read More
The remains of the Dover Roman Fort represent all that is left of the ancient Roman fleet base which served the large Roman naval detachment which defended British waters.
The remains of the Dover Roman Fort represent all that is left of the ancient Roman fleet base which served the large Roman naval detachment that defended British waters. Known as the the Classis Britannica, the Roman British fleet was headquartered here the first half of the second century AD and... Read More
Durnovaria is the Roman name for what is now Dorchester. The Roman Town House in Durnovaria contains one of the best preserved Roman villas in Britain and dates back to the 1st century AD.
Durnovaria is the original Roman name for what is now the English town of Dorchester. Though Dorchester is best known for its Thomas Hardy connections, it remains an interesting town in its own right, having a number of museums dealing with such diverse topics as dinosaurs, Tutenkhamun and military history. The best... Read More
Containing artefacts and replicas of Roman military equipment such as weapons, armour and chariots, this is an interesting place to visit for those seeking Roman sites in Britain. The museum is located next to one of the oldest Roman forts in the area, as Magna under the Romans and as Carvoran in the post-Roman era, though very little is known about this fort.
The Greenhead Roman Army Museum displays a series of artifacts and replicas of Roman military paraphernalia from weaponry and armour to chariots and wagons. Some of these objects are derived from the collection of Vindolanda, another Roman site which took over the administration of the museum in 1997. Other displays at the... Read More
Once an Iron Age fort captured by Vespasian during the Roman invasion of Britain. The Roman Second Legion, led by the future emperor, was sent to subdue the region and captured a number of hill forts in the area. Little archaeological evidence remains of the subsequent Roman fort which was built here.
Hod Hill is an Iron Age hillfort and one of the largest of its kind in Dorset. With its imposing size and ramparts, Hod Hill would have defended a village. In 44 AD, it is likely to have been captured by the Romans during their invasion of Britain. The Roman Second... Read More
Within the Kinneil Estate lie the remains of a Roman fort which once formed part of the Antonine Wall. This is certainly one of the more hidden Roman sites in the UK.
Kinneil House and Museum, part of the Kinneil Estate, has a rich history spanning almost 2,000 years. The Kinneil Estate holds a wealth of historic sites, including a Roman fortlet - part of the Antonine Wall - the ruins of a medieval church, a cottage belonging to inventor James Watt... Read More
Like many Roman sites in Britain, this ancient fort has been mostly lost to the ages. However, certain sections can still be seen and the Museum of London also offers limited tours of what remains.
The London Roman Fort was built in around 120 AD - around the same time as Hadrian’s Wall - to house the soldiers of Roman Britain’s most important town of the time, Londinium. Covering around 12 acres in its heyday, the London Roman Fort would have been a square complex... Read More
Built between around 190 and 220 AD, this defensive wall protected Roman London. A number of remains can still be found today, but like many UK Roman Sites, a little imagination is needed to picture its ancient grandeur.
The London Roman Wall was built between around 190 and 220 AD and stretched for about three miles from Blackfriars to Tower Hill. This defensive wall protected what was then the important Roman city of Londinium. Prior to the building of the London Roman Wall, Londinium already had a fort, parts... Read More
The Multangular Tower is a third century AD ten-sided stone tower originally forming part of York’s Roman legionary fortress and now located in the gardens of the York Museum.
The Multangular Tower is an imposing third century AD ten-sided stone tower originally forming part of York’s Roman legionary fortress and now located in the gardens of the York Museum. The original Roman walls of York probably included eight defensive towers and were built in the late second or early third... Read More
Dedicated to the history of London, the Museum of London contains a wealth of information and artefacts about the city’s Roman past and also gives information on other UK Roman archaeological sites in London.
The Museum of London explores the history of UK’s capital city through a series of exhibitions. The contents of some galleries at the Museum of London are constantly changing, although there are nine permanent collections. These look at the development of the city since prehistoric times, through to Roman London, the... Read More
The National Museum of Cardiff explores the history of Wales including the country’s rich Roman history.
The National Museum Cardiff has a diverse collection ranging from art to natural history and archaeology. The art collections at the National Museum Cardiff spans over 500 years and a range of countries. Meanwhile, history fans can also head to the Origins gallery, which chronicles the history of man in... Read More
Believed to have once been a vast Roman villa containing at least sixty rooms, North Leigh Roman Villa is one of a number of such luxurious houses to have been found among Britain’s Roman sites.
North Leigh Roman Villa was built in the first century in what is now modern day Oxfordshire, UK. Archaeologists believe that North Leigh Roman Villa was once a substantial building made up of approximately sixty rooms, however all that remains today are its ruins. The main feature of the site is its... Read More
Built upon the remains of the Roman fort of Anderida, Pevensey includes elements of the original fortifications and is an example of multi-period Roman remains in Britain. It is one of many military sites to have been excavated among Britain’s roman ruins.
Pevensey Castle is a Norman castle built upon the fourth century AD Roman fort of Anderida, the substantial remains of which are still visible today. Indeed, the main outer defensive walls of the larger Roman fortification have survived very much intact, forming a wider outer ring within which the main... Read More
Originally named Rutupiae, Richborough marks the site where the Romans landed in Britain in 43 AD and is one of many forts on our Roman Sites UK map. Today visitors can view the remains of the fortifications, earthworks and more.
Richborough Roman Fort, originally called “Rutupiae”, in Kent marks the site where the Romans successfully invaded Britain in 43 AD. Known by many as the “gateway to Britain” and also Richborough Castle, Richborough Roman Fort is thought to have begun as a military stronghold for the invading Roman soldiers and developed... Read More
The modern day village of Ribchester is situated on the site of what was once a large Roman fort known as Bremetennacum Veteranorum. It is believed a first incarnation of Ribchester Roman Fort was built in 72AD as a timber fortification. This Roman fort would have housed a military garrison and would have been used to secure the local area. The fort was later rebuilt in stone, probably in the mid-to-late second century AD. Today, the remains of Ribchester Roman Fort and the Ribchester Roman Bathhouse can be seen alongside the Ribchester Roman Museum, which showcases the best of the history of the site.
The modern day village of Ribchester is situated on the site of what was once a large Roman fort and settlement known as Bremetennacum Veteranorum. Today, the remains of Ribchester Roman Fort and the Ribchester Roman Bathhouse can be seen alongside the Ribchester Roman Museum, which showcases the best of... Read More
One of the forts making up Hadrian’s Wall, Segedunum is a great place to view the remains of the wall as it includes a 35m high viewing tower. There were several wall forts along the 73-mile stretch of Hadrian’s Wall, each garrisoned by Roman soldiers. From around 122 AD, Segedunum held 600 soldiers and was one of the eastern forts along the wall. One of the most interesting Roman sites in Britain.
Segedunum Roman Fort was one of the ancient Roman wall forts of Hadrian’s Wall, the iconic UNESCO-listed barrier built under the Emperor Hadrian from 122 AD. There were several wall forts along the 73-mile stretch of Hadrian’s Wall, each garrisoned by Roman soldiers. From around 122 AD, Segedunum Roman Fort held... Read More
Silchester Roman Town flourished from the mid-first century AD and was eventually abandoned.
Silchester Roman Town is home to the remains of Calleva Atrebatum, a town which flourished under the Romans in the mid-first century AD. Built on the site of what had been an Iron Age trading hub, Calleva Atrebatum itself became a busy town crammed with shops, homes and several public... Read More
Located in London’s journalistic heartland of Fleet Street, St Bride’s is a restored 17th century church, steeped in history and originally designed by Sir Christopher Wren.
Located in London’s journalistic heartland of Fleet Street, St Bride’s is a restored 17th century church, steeped in history and originally designed by Sir Christopher Wren. A succession of churches has existed on the site for over 1,000 years and the site’s history stretches even further into the past right back... Read More
Built in 138AD, little remains of the Antonine Wall. However, a number of forts and other archeological sites have been excavated, though these remain some of the least visited of UK Roman sites.
The Antonine Wall was a Roman defensive wall which ran from Old Kilpatrick to Carriden, along what is now Scotland’s central belt. In 138AD, under the orders of Emperor Antoninus Pius, the Roman 6th and 20th legions began building The Antonine Wall. They would complete it a mere two years later,... Read More
The Roman fort of Trimontium no longer stands, but the nearby museum uses artefacts and replicas to tell a story of a military power and the struggles that took place on the border with Scotland.
Unfortunately no upstanding stones remain of the Roman fort at Newstead, but visitors to the Trimontium Museum in nearby Melrose can still get a tangible insight into life in the Roman frontiers through a wide variety of artefacts and reproductions. A guided walk run by the Trimontium Museum also points out... Read More
An interesting museum dedicated to the history of Roman Wales, the Wales National Roman Legion Museum is certainly worth a visit for those seeking Roman sites in the UK.
The Wales National Roman Legion Museum explores the history and legacy of the Roman Empire’s furthest outpost - Wales. This small museum houses a range of artefacts including everyday utensils and pottery. Amongst its main highlights, the Wales National Roman Legion Museum has an impressive Roman gemstone collection, the... Read More
Originally called Letocetum, Wall Roman site was a military staging post. Visitors can view the remains of this site as well as the museum. One of several Roman ruins in Britain managed by English Heritage.
The Wall Roman site in Staffordshire houses the remains of what was a Roman military staging site, essentially an inn or “mansio” along the ancient route towards Wales. Then known as Letocetum, the Wall Roman site was a convenient stop along this important military road. Visitors to the Wall Roman site –... Read More
Once Britain’s fourth largest city, the remains of Roman Viroconium can be found just outside modern Wroxeter. The site contains some of the most interesting Roman ruins in the United Kingdom.
Wroxeter Roman City is an impressive Ancient Roman site in Shropshire. It houses the remains of what was once known as Viroconium, at one time Roman Britain’s fourth largest city. In fact, Viroconium was initially a first Century garrisoned fort which evolved into a city. Around 5,000 people lived in Viroconium... Read More
Impressive though they are, little of the original Roman walls of York remain today. However, the Multangular Tower is partly of original Roman construction and is one of the lesser known UK Roman ruins.
The York City Walls are England’s most complete set of city walls and one of the city’s most popular attractions. Made up of structures built at different times of the city’s history, resplendent with four main ornate stone gateways known as “bars” and 34 towers and offering a great way... Read More
Though obviously not of Roman construction itself, visitors to York Minster can visit the undercroft to see ancient Roman ruins. It is among the most hidden ancient places on our Roman ruins UK map.
York Minster is a vast gothic cathedral – one of the largest in Northern Europe – officially known as The Cathedral and Metropolitical Church of St Peter in York. The term “Minster” is attributed to the cathedral as it was a teaching church founded by the Anglo Saxons. In fact, the... Read More