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THURSDAY, 7TH APRIL 2011
Roman Ruins in the UK

What have the Romans ever done for us? Quite a lot actually - discover the Romans' UK legacy on your next getaway. UK holidays are great for history buffs, with Roman villas, forts, roads and towns around every corner. Visit any UK Roman ruins and you'll get a fascinating insight into the architecture and life of Roman Britain. Step back in time with our top UK Roman sites...

DSC05715 - flckr - Andrew MichaelsChedworth Roman Villa - Chedworth, Gloucestershire
Now protected by the National trust, Chedworth Roman Villa is one of the best known UK Roman sites.  Base yourself in one of our Cotswold cottages and discover the remains of one of the largest Roman villas in the UK. Not discovered until 1864, Chedworth Roman Villa is home to a collection of mosaics dating from the 4th century - don't miss the elaborate floor tiles in the dining room. You'll also find a Roman water shrine, fed by a natural spring that never dries up; it's thought this is one of the main reasons the villa was built here.  The Romans' heating knowledge came into its own in Chedworth's bath houses, which left its residents squeaky clean.  The National Trust is currently carrying out improvement works at Chedworth Roman Villa, so check  www.nationaltrust.org.uk before you leave. For cottages in Gloucestershire.

 

HadrianHadrian's Wall - northern England
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, people flock from the world over to visit Hadrian's Wall. The wall is a 73 mile long Roman fortification built across the north of England, just south of today's Scottish border. Walk along a stretch of Hadrian's Wall and you'll find large forts at regular intervals. One of the most important and best preserved of these is Birdoswald Fort in Cumbria. Overlooking the River Irthing gorge, Birdoswald boasts extensive remains of the original fort and there's an interactive visitor centre. Other Roman sites worth visiting along Hadrian's Wall include Brunton Turret, Cawfields Roman Wall and Poltross Burn Milecastle. If you've got a hankering for Hadrian, go to www.hadrians-wall.org to plan your visit. For somewhere to stay in Scotland.

 

Caerwent Roman Town - nr. Newport, South Wales
This 44 acre site is a must-see for Roman enthusiasts taking their holidays in Wales. Back in Roman times, Caerwent was known as Venta Silirum. In its glory days, Caerwent was a bustling market town, with shops, temples baths and a civic hall. Today, the town walls still stand up to 17 feet in places, and visitors can view the excavated remains of Roman houses, the forum basilica and a Romano-Celtic temple amongst other goodies. Renting one of our cottages in Wales? Then read up about Caerwent Roman Town on www.cadw.wales.gov.uk and get the most from your visit. Holiday cottages in South Wales.

 

Roman mosaic at Bignor villa - flckr - tristanfBignor Roman Villa - South Downs, West Sussex
The Romans knew how to live in style, and Bignor Roman Villa is a prime example. Pay a trip to the stunning remains of Bignor and admire the pure craftsmanship that went into creating the villa. Bignor is famed for its exquisite Roman mosaics; some of the best in the UK.  With 65 rooms in the main complex  around the central courtyard and a further nine outbuildings, it's fair to say that Bignor would have been a substantial villa back in its day.  It's thought that the villa started out as a simple farmstead and just grew and grew. The land at Bignor is still farmed today and visitors are sure to spot a sheep or two - with over 3,000 of the woolly ones, they're hard to miss! More information can be found at www.bignorromanvilla.co.uk. For a wide selection of holiday cottages in Sussex.

 

Cirencester - flckr - SLR JesterCirencester Roman Amphitheatre - Gloucestershire
Holding around 8,000 spectators, the amphitheatre lay just outside the city of Corinium, better known as Cirencester these days. Corinium was a bit of a Roman hotspot, second only to London in importance back then. One of the biggest Roman amphitheatres in Britain, the area is now grassed over but you can still see the shape of the curved, earth banks that once formed the seating areas. These were reinforced by dry stone walls and overlooked the central arena. A model of multifunctionality, once the Romans had cut and run the amphitheatre was fortified against a Saxon invasion. If you're staying in one of our Cotswold cottages and head out to the Cirencester Roman Amphitheatre, be sure to pay a visit to the fascinating Corinium Museum in the town centre. English Heritage is now in charge at the amphitheatre, so log onto www.english-heritage.org.uk for all the important details. Glousetershire holiday homes.

 

 

POSTED BY: RACHAEL
AT 11:07

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26th May 2011 bobby mcdavin wrote:

Wow this is very interesting i love it!


2nd October 2011 thomas1up wrote:

Thanks very much, helped with homework :)

Glad to help - bookcottages :)

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