Cirencester Amphitheatre

Cirencester Amphitheatre

When you arrive at Cirencester Amphitheatre in the Cotswolds, it seems the ground around you has bubbled up like a pot of boiling water and then suddenly been frozen.

Mounds of earth rise and fall sharply, a sweeping tide of grass blanketing the whole area.

Under Roman rule

The amphitheatre dates back to Roman times, around the 2nd century and when you realise the place is nearly 2000 years old, the fact it’s still even around is amazing.

Most ruins and ancient sites you’ve probably visited before are only the foundations of what were once much larger places.

But even the idea that Cirencester Amphitheatre was bigger than what remains today is mind-boggling.

Echoes of roaring crowds and clashing metal

It’s said the amphitheatre had a capacity of 8,000 people.

When you consider the nearby town of Cirencester (known in Roman times as Corinium) only had around a population of 10,000, you realise this place was where a huge part of the community would gather.

Roaring crowds would’ve cheered on fighting gladiators as they battled down on the ground below, after being welcomed in through the Gate of Life at one end.

If they were lucky and skilled enough, they’d make their way back out that way.

If not – it was the Gate of Death opposite they were dragged through.

Now home to a different crowd

Understandably times have changed quite a lot since then, now we cheer on football or rugby just as much as the Romans would’ve cheered on sword fights.

But the huge earthen mounds completely immerse you in what was a thriving Roman settlement.

Cirencester during the 2nd century was second in size only to London and was one of the main areas of Roman control in Britain.

Now the amphitheatre is the destination for a much more leisurely form of recreation and you can enjoy a stroll without the worries of gladiators confronting you.

If you’re anywhere nearby when we’ve had a little downpour of snow, you're in store for one of the best sledging experiences of your life.

Ending your day with a creative flare

If you’re wondering what other things there are to do in Cirencester, the Corinium Museum is nearby to keep the Roman theme rolling for a little while longer.

On your wanderings, you’ll come across ancient Roman artefacts from their time in the area but also discover the Cotswolds life from its prehistoric days to its modern life.

And if you're after something a bit different, New Brewery Arts isn't far away from the museum or amphitheatre.

Get involved with making some awesome creations of your own or even take part in a class to learn a new creative skill.

You'll be leaving Cirencester clued up on everything Roman and we think it'll only be a matter of time before you're headed back to this wonderful area.

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Cotswold Avenue,
Gloucestershire,
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