Chester Roman Amphitheatre

Chester Roman Amphitheatre

In the UK, some of our heritage sites survive in a brilliant condition, helping us to reveal the history behind them.

Just like Chester Roman Amphitheatre, constructed in the late first century AD as the Roman Empire started to grow.

You'll be particularly fond of the uniqueness of this place because it's actually the largest amphitheatre in Britain.

Leave a footprint in the sand as you step into the arena. You'll notice that it was divided to be utilised for performance and army training.

An ancient place 

Sunlight will be streaming between the trees as you take a seat on the grass inside the site. Admire a beautiful view of the oval amphitheatre as you imagine waiting for the show to start.

You're probably imagining a full amphitheatre circle just like we see in historic films but when you visit Chester, you'll only see two-fifths. The other side hasn't been excavated yet and sits behind a brick wall.

Unearth a fantastic archaeological site

The fresh air you're breathing now was once full of dust in the 1960s when the excavations took place.

They originally thought that the amphitheatre was made of wood but research in 2001 revealed that might not have been the case.

The stone construction we see today had an exterior wall nine feet thick, marked out by solid slabs placed in the grass.

The sound of your steps when walking through a corridor to reach the seats takes you back to a time when the crowds used to roar when watching the show.

The original use of this place changed by 120 AD. Failure to look after the amphitheatre resulted in it being abandoned and used as a rubbish dump.

Learn something new every day

Now a peaceful spot to sit and rest, you can have a wonderful time enjoying the sun and connecting with friends or family over a picnic at Chester Roman Amphitheatre.

Perhaps you can end your day by heading to the shops nearby in the city centre as you return to the 21st century after your step back in time. 

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