On the outskirts of the Cotswold town of Cirencester are the massive earthwork remains of one of the largest Roman amphitheatres in Britain. It was built in the early 2nd century, when the Roman city of Corinium (now Cirencester) was second only to London in size and importance, with a population of over 10,000. The amphitheatre could hold about 8,000 spectators. After the Roman army left Britain, it was fortified against Saxon invaders.
Managed by Cirencester Town Council.
Read more about the history of Cirencester Amphitheatre.
Before You Go
Access: There is a small flight of steps at the site entrance. Parts of the site are uneven and not suitable for wheelchairs.
Parking: There is free parking available at the eastern end of the Cotswold Avenue.
Facilities: Shops, toilets and food outlets can be found nearby in Cirencester town centre.
Dogs: Dogs on leads are welcome.
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Plan a Great Day Out
Cirencester Town Council, which manages the site on behalf of English Heritage, have developed a town walk, which includes a visit to the monument. Artefacts and more information about the amphitheatre can be found at the Corinium Museum in the town centre. Follow this link to download a copy
To extend your discovery of Gloucestershire's Roman history, why not visit Great Witcombe Roman Villa as well.
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