It’s no secret that Cirencester was once the site of one of the largest Roman towns in the country, but did you know that it’s also home to the remains of one of Britain’s biggest Roman amphitheatres? Archaeological digs led to the discovery of the earthwork remains of the Roman amphitheatre, and it dates all the way back to the 2nd century.
The amphitheatre would have been one of Corinium’s biggest attractions in its heyday, and what’s now a peaceful area of grassy mound would have held up to 8000 people keen to be entertained. In fact, the amphitheatre would have been the biggest of its kind outside of London.
Later on, the theatre was fortified to help protect against invasion from the Saxons, and today it makes a unique place for a walk during a holiday in Cirencester. These days, the site’s owned by The English Heritage but it’s managed by the local council, and it remains open to the public all year round. Dogs are welcome too but they must be kept on their leads, and the council have devised The Whereat Trail which is a town walk, which takes the site in as part of its route.