The Roman Amphitheatre London
There is so much to see and do in London that a lot of very worthwhile attractions that would be a headline act anywhere else goes unnoticed by most visitors.
So while the marketing machines of the commercial headline acts like the Tower of London, St Paul’s Cathedral and the London Eye ensure their proposition is made, some of the equally worthwhile often free attractions go unnoticed.
One such place is the Roman Amphitheatre below The Guildhall in the City Of London, a short walk from St Paul’s Cathedral.
The capital’s only Roman amphitheatre was located in Guildhall Yard, during an archaeological dig taking place in preparation for a new Art Gallery building project within Guildhall itself. In 2002, the doors to the amphitheatre opened for the first time in nearly 2,000 years.
Londonium, as it was known then, was one of the largest towns in Roman Britain and among the Roman Empire’s most significant settlements outside the Mediterranean.
The remains of the amphithetare for the city are far below the current street level but have been preserved in a contemporary setting with information boards to bring the remains alive.
The art gallery within the Guildhall has now opened and you walk through the art gallery to gain access to the Roman Amphitheatre below ground.
Both art gallery and Roman Amphitheatre are free to enter, you just have to pass through airline style security to get access.
Both art gallery and amphitheatre are open daily 10 a.m to 5 p.m. (Sundays midday to 4 p.m).
The Gallery and Roman Amphitheatre are located on the east side of Guildhall Yard, next to the historic medieval Guildhall.
The City Of London is well signed for pedestrains, with detailed maps every few hundred yards. Just follow the signs to the Guildhall.
The nearest Underground Stations are Bank and St Paul’s. Visting the Guildhall would be an excellent addition to a visit to St Paul’s Cathedral.
By Bank Underground is another excellent free museum, again getting little publicity – The Bank Of England Museum