Cirencester Amphitheatre, Cirencester

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Cirencester Amphitheatre was a Roman amphitheatre located in Cirencester, Gloucestershire, England. It has been scheduled as an ancient monument.
Archeological digs have uncovered the earthworks, revealing the outline of the construction, which is still visible, with the banking reaching 25 feet from the bottom of the arena. The arena itself is approximately by. Roman artefacts including coins and pottery have been discovered on the site. It is estimated that it was constructed towards the beginning of the 2nd century.
In Roman Britain, Cirencester was known as Corinium Dobunnorum, and was the second biggest town in Britannia, after Londinium (London). This amphitheatre is also the second largest, which indicates the significance of the location in Roman times. Although only slightly larger in diameter than the amphitheatre in Silchester, it has much higher sides. The earthworks show evidence of tiered wooden seats for around 8000 people, placed upon terraces made of stone, although a timber only structure may have existed before the 2nd century. There are two entrances, located at the North-Eastern and South-Western ends of the stadium.
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  • It's not much more than an earth bank. Nothing to see really, unless your on top of it best not bother.  more »
  • This little piece of ground outside of the main city was interesting to walk through and to comtemplate what had taken place here centuries ago. It is certainly nothing fancy but a very nice quiet pla...  more »
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  • Fantastic free and open site to visit for lovers of history and archaeology, especially Roman Britain! Nice open site on a walking route providing the visitor with a clear distinction in the changed land levels through quarrying, in addition to the impressive amphitheatre site. The amphitheatre is quite an imagination experience with the lack of visible excavation, easy to picture however and the handy information boards provide detailed illustration of what it would have looked like. A visit here is recommended more so if you wish to walk around the area, we briefly popped to see it on our way north and spent about 15-20 minutes there (just seeing the amphitheatre itself). Definitely worth a visit as an addition to the city itself!
  • A fantastic place, very evocative and easy to imagine what went on all those years ago. Very low key, but nothing else is needed really.
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