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PIERCEBRIDGE Roman Remains

Roman Dere Street once crossed the river Tees at the modern village of Piercebridge. The remains of the Romans' first bridge, a little downstream from the current one, can be seen; park in the car park of the George Inn and take a footpath at the far end.  Most of the Roman fort that stood here in the 3rd century is buried under the village, but a portion of the eastern edge and ditch can be seen.  Take a footpath on the northern end of the current bridge.

Location/Address: Piercebridge
County: Co Durham
Post Code: DL2 3SW
Main Historic Period: Roman
Tip/Nearby: Stanwick Iron Age fort is close by.
Primary Management: English Heritage
BROUGHAM CASTLE

Situated in a beautiful, but defensive, spot on the south bank of the river Eamont, next to the long-abandoned Roman fort of Brocavum.  Brougham Castle saw action in the wars between England and Scotland, and was captured by the Scots. But kings stayed here and it was one of the formidable Lady Anne Clifford's favourite castles - she died here in 1676. The ruins are fascinating - impressive and unusual gatehouse - plenty to explore and in spring the stonework is covered in aubrietia.  A tiny museum displays a couple of Roman grave markers - and at least one was re-used when building the castle.

Location/Address: Moor Lane
Brougham
Nr Penrith
County: Cumbria
Post Code: CA10 2AA
Main Historic Period: Medieval
Link to featured article: Two thousand years at Brougham Castle
Tip/Nearby: Brougham Hall is very close and Acorn Bank is just up the road.
Primary Management: English Heritage
HARDKNOTT Roman Fort

Hardknott Roman Fort was built in the 2nd century AD, probably by men of the 4th Cohort of Dalmatia, to protect the trade route across the fells to the vital port of Ravenglass. The ruins, which consist of well-marked layouts of most of the principal buildings and bath house, are in a truly dramatic spot. Access is not for the faint-hearted, whether by foot or road. If the latter, the drive through Wrynose Pass onto Hardknott is one of the best in the Lake District; also accessible from the Duddon Valley or Eskdale. The views can be fabulous.

The post code is a guide only.  You will need a map and are also advised to check the weather. If driving, ensure your car has plenty of fuel and a good clutch. The roads are very steep and single-track with passing places. Take refreshments with you and a waterproof coat, even if in a car. Allow sufficient time - especially if planning a circular route. There is very limited parking by the fort and there are no facilities whatsoever.

Location/Address: Hardknott Pass
Eskdale
County: Cumbria
Post Code: CA19 1TH
Main Historic Period: Roman
Link to featured article: The road to Mediobogdum
Tip/Nearby: See advice above.
Primary Management: English Heritage
RAVENGLASS Roman Bath House

Though substantial in their day, not much remains of the Roman baths at Ravenglass, but the ruins are amongst the tallest Roman structures surviving in Britain. The bath house served a nearby fort which guarded the important Roman port.

Follow a tarmac track just outside Ravenglass.

Location/Address: Ravenglass
County: Cumbria
Post Code: CA18 1SR
Main Historic Period: N/A
Tip/Nearby: Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway
Primary Management: English Heritage
ROMAN THEATRE of VERULAMIUM

The Roman theatre at Verulamium is unique in Britain, because it's a theatre with a stage, rather than an amphitheatre. It was built in about 140AD, later redeveloped and by the 4th century it is estimated it could seat an audience of some 2,000. Close to the ruins are the foundations of shops and a temple. There is not a great deal to see, but it is opposite the Roman Museum - so park near the latter and combine the two.

Part of the Gorhambury Estate.

Location/Address: A4147 Road
St Albans
County: Hertfordshire
Post Code: AL3 6AE
Main Historic Period: Roman
Useful Website Address: Official Gorhambury website
Tip/Nearby: Verulamium Roman Museum is virtually opposite. Also St Albans Abbey nearby.
Primary Management: Private - open to the public
VERULAMIUM MUSEUM

Verulamium, was the third largest city in Roman Britain and the museum, Verulamium, stands on the site of the Roman town. It is a museum of everyday life in Roman Britain, containing recreated Roman rooms, some amazing mosaics and several intriguing objects - as well as the Sandridge Hoard - a collection of 159 gold Roman coins discovered nearby in 2012.

Location/Address: St Michael's
St Albans
County: Hertfordshire
Post Code: AL3 4SW
Main Historic Period: Roman
Useful Website Address: Verulamium Museum website
Tip/Nearby: Roman Theatre within walking distance - across main road. St Albans Abbey in town.
Primary Management: Local Authority
LONDON’S ROMAN AMPHITHEATRE

Discovered during excavation work for the new Guildhall Art Gallery, the remains of the Roman Amphitheatre date from the 2nd century AD. It had a capacity for an audience of 7,000 watching animal fights, executions and gladiatorial contests. The ruins of the eastern entrance, including sections of wooden drains, are displayed in an innovative way, underneath the art gallery - which is where you need to enter to see the amphitheatre.

Region:
Location/Address: off Gresham Street
County: London
Post Code: EC2V 5AE
Main Historic Period: Roman
Link to featured article: Art and the amphitheatre
Useful Website Address: City of London website page
Tip/Nearby: Bank of England, Museum of London
Primary Management: Local Authority
ALDBOROUGH Roman Town

The remains of Isurium Brigantum, a significant Roman town between the 2nd and 5th centuries AD, lie largely under the charming village of Aldborough ('old borough'). Little of the Roman town is visible - small sections of town wall and a couple of good mosaics. There's a small museum, and it's a pleasant stroll round the site, but people expecting to see a great deal might be disappointed.

Location/Address: Aldborough
Boroughbridge
County: North Yorkshire
Post Code: YO51 9ES
Main Historic Period: Roman
Tip/Nearby: St Andrew's parish church and the adjacent town of Boroughbridge.
Primary Management: English Heritage
BROCOLITIA, Temple of Mithras

The remains of a Temple of Mithras, the Persian god of light and truth, stands near what is left of the Roman fort of Brocolitia, or Carrawburgh, on the route of Hadrian's Wall. It was built in the 3rd century and subsequently desecrated, probably by Christians. There was once another temple nearby, dedicated to Coventina, a local water goddess, and a nymphaeum – a monument dedicated to nymphs - but nothing is to be seen of these now.

Location/Address: Humshaugh
Hexham
County: Northumberland
Post Code: NE46 4DB
Main Historic Period: Roman
Link to featured article: Brocolitia Mithraeum
Tip/Nearby: Park in the Northumberland National Park car park (fee payable) on the south side of the B6318 about 3.75 miles west of Chollerford.
Primary Management: English Heritage
Wroxeter Roman City

Viroconium - Roman Wroxeter - was the fourth largest Roman city in Britain, equal in size to Pompeii and with a population of maybe 10,000 people. It began as a frontier fort, then a legionary fortress and went on to have a 500-year history before fading away. Now, it largely lies under the Shropshire countryside. But the excavated bath complex provides a fascinating insight into Romano-British urban life, with tantalising glimpses into the post-Roman period - the Dark Ages. There is also a reconstructed Roman town house on the site, built using Roman methods. Down the road, along Watling Street, is the modern village of Wroxeter. St Andrew's church has re-used Roman columns as gateposts and an adapted column base as its font.

Location/Address: Wroxeter
County: Shropshire
Post Code: SY5 6PH
Main Historic Period: Roman
Link to featured article: Viroconium, Roman City
Tip/Nearby: Ironbridge, Shrewsbury
Primary Management: English Heritage
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