Kids

The Romans

Welcome to our guide to the Romans. Learn about England’s history, discover more about English Heritage sites and find loads of fun things to watch, read and do! Here's what we've got in store for you:

A Day in the Life Episode 2: Romans

What was life like in the past?  Join Viricovo and Claudius as they spend the day at the Roman bath house in Wroxeter, 1,900 years ago.

The kids Rule! Guide to the Roman Conquest (Issue 14)

Download and read the Kids Rule! guide to the Roman Conquest, to discover the secrets of our Roman sites, including Hadrian's Wall, Chesters and Housesteads Roman forts, and take our quiz to find out if you could make it in Hadrian's cavalry!

This is issue 14 in the Kids Rule! magazine series following the history of England, designed to help you discover more about the past, through fun facts, illustrated stories, games, puzzles and competitions.

Read Kids Rule online

Things to make and do: get creative with our Roman themed activities

  • Make a model Roman Prefect's house

    Read the information about Housesteads Roman Fort, then follow our step by step instructions to make your own model of the prefect’s house.

  • Colour a Roman poster

    Download this colouring poster showing a busy Roman town, and bring the scene to life with your coloured pencils, pens or paints!

  • MAKE YOUR OWN ROMAN TABULA

    Romans used wax tablets to write down important notes. Find out about this handy tool and learn how to make your very own 21st-century version.

  • HOW TO MAKE A ROMAN MOSAIC

    Roman Villas were decorated with beautiful mosaics.  Watch our video to discover why and how they were made, and find out how you can make your own. 

  • Make a tasty Roman Burger

    You might think hamburgers are American, but the Romans beat them to it! Download the recipe and ask a grown-up to help you make tasty Roman burgers.

  • INSTANT ROMAN DRESS-UP KIT

    Dress as a Roman god or goddess! Be Jupiter with a mask and thunder bolt, or Diana with a mask, bow and arrow. Plus, learn to tie the perfect toga!

At the Edge of the Empire

What was life like as a Roman soldier stationed at Hadrian's Wall?

Built to guard the north-west frontier of the Roman Empire from the wild north (today's Scotland), the wall was home to soldiers and civilians from all over the empire. Read this page to dive into the wall in detail...

Explore the Edge of the Empire

Quiz: Could you make it into Hadrian’s cavalry?

Could you impress with your knowledge about life in the Roman military?  Imagine you are one of 30 cavalry soldiers in a troop (turma) of cavalry.  See if you can get promoted by getting our questions right!

Take the quiz!
Meeting Marcus, the real-life Roman Legionary

Interview with Marcus, a real-life Roman Legionary

We sent English Heritage Members Amy Statham Anderson and Peter Timperley to Housesteads Roman Fort in Northumberland, to meet Marcus the legionary and learn what life would have been like for the Romans stationed along Hadrian's Wall. 

Watch the video to discover what the role of a legionary was, what the Roman soldiers ate, how they stayed warm on cold winter days patrolling the Wall and even where they went to the toilet!

Watch the interview
Reading the Kids Rule! guide to Roman Britain

The kids Rule! Guide to Roman England (Issue 2)

Download and read the Kids Rule! guide to Roman England, to discover the secrets of our Roman sites, including Hadrian's Wall, Chesters and Housesteads Roman forts, and take our quiz to find out if you could make it in Hadrian's cavalry!

This is issue 2 in our Kids Rule! magazine series following the history of England, designed to help you discover more about the past, through fun facts, illustrated stories, games, puzzles and competitions.

Download your copy

Roman poster: make your mega timeline!

We've created a series of posters showing how people lived in England through the ages, like this one showing life in a busy Roman settlement.

Each of the posters follows on from each other, so that when you download them all from the Kids Rule! pages, you can create your own mega timeline of English history!

Download the Roman poster
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