The Romans

Chedworth Roman Villa - The remains of one of the largest Romano-British villas in the United Kingdom lie in a wooded combe near the River Coln, close to the Fosse Way between Cirencester and Northleach. Built in AD120, the house was extended over the next three centuries to create a grand mansion with two bath-houses. Intricate mosaic floors, hypocausts, a latrine and the bath-houses can be seen among the ruins. Objects discovered on the site are displayed in the museum.

Address: Chedworth Roman Villa, Yanworth, near Northleach

Telephone: 01242 890256

Website: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk


Cirencester Amphitheatre - The grass covered outline of a large amphitheatre built in the late 1st century AD on the edge of Roman Corinium can still be seen today.

Website: http://www.english-heritage.org.uk


Roman Cotswolds - Evidence of Roman settlements from the 1st to the 4th centuries can be found throughout the Cotswolds. Cirencester (Corinium) was the provincial capital and second largest city in Roman Britain; Bath (Aquae Sulis) grew up around the naturally hot Sacred Spring, which fed the great bathing complex; and Gloucester (Glevum) was a military base. To supply their army, the Romans constructed a network of remarkably straight roads, which later became busy commercial highways. Many of our modern roads still follow the line taken by Roman engineers nearly 2,000 years ago. Cirencester was a major transport hub in Roman times, situated at the intersection of the Fosse Way from Bath to Lincoln (now the A433 and A429), the Ermin Way northwest to Gloucester (A417) and south towards Silchester and Winchester (A419), and Akerman Street east towards present day Oxfordshire (B4425). The Cotswold towns of Tetbury, Bourton-on-the-Water, Stow-on-the Wold and Moreton in Marsh were all situated close to the Fosse Way. Archaeologists have unearthed a number of villas in the region, of which Chedworth is particularly outstanding.


 

Corinium Museum - Leave the 21st century behind you and discover the treasures of the Cotswolds as you explore its history. This award winning museum is home to one of the largest collections of Romano-British antiquities extensively from Corinium, Roman Britain's second largest city. Be amazed be the work of Prehistoric metal smiths. Marvel at the Roman mosaics. Peek through the window of a Roman Town House. Come face to face with the Anglo Saxons and their buried treasures.  Admire Medieval sculpture, Civil War coin hoards and the elegance of Victorian Cirencester.

 An inspiring and interactive experience for everyone. Special events and exhibitions take place through out the year; check out the museum’s website for details.

NEW FOR 2013: Download our Roman Cirencester App for an interactive guided tour of the town and an enhanced tour of the museum. Available from all app stores.
 
Address: Corinium Museum, Park Street, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 2BX
 
Telephone: 01285 655611
 

 


Great Witcombe Roman Villa  - The remains of a large Roman villa lie in Witcombe Park, close to the Cotswold Way, 6 miles (10 km) southeast of Gloucester.

Website: http://www.english-heritage.org.uk


Roman Baths - Beneath the modern-day city of Bath are the well-preserved remains of the Roman spa town of Aquae Sulis. The Great Bath attracted visitors from across the Roman Empire and continues to this day to be fed by naturally hot, mineral rich water from the Sacred Spring.

Address: Roman Baths, Pump Room, Stall Street, Bath

Telephone: 01225 477785

Website: http://www.romanbaths.co.uk


Roman Pavement - A reconstruction of the Great Orpheus Roman Pavement is on display in the grounds of Prinknash Abbey. The original pavement, built around AD 325, is buried in a churchyard in Woodchester.

Address: Prinknash Abbey, Cranham, Gloucestershire 

Telephone: 01452 812066

Website: http://www.prinknashabbey.org.uk