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Chedworth Roman Villa near Cirencester

Roman settlements in the Cotswolds

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Roman Settlements in The Cotswolds

The Cotswolds has a number of Roman settlements including Cirencester, Chedworth and North Leigh.

Chedworth Roman Villa

Chedworth Roman VillaChedworth is one of the best sites in the country for anyone wishing to explore and understand the remains of a large country house of the Roman period.

Chedworth Roman Villa is very much an interactive attraction, with many events being staged so that your experience of the site is enhanced and your understanding of the Roman way of life improved.
The villa was discovered by accident in 1864, when a gamekeeper found fragments of paving and pottery on the bank of soild which covered what is now referred to as room 32.

For more details, see our Chedworth Roman Villa page.

Cirencester Amphitheatre

On this site on the edge of Cirencester town you will fine the earthwork remains of one of the largest Roman amphitheatres in Britain, built in the early 2nd century.

It served the Roman city of Corinium (now Cirencester), then second only in size and importance to London, and had a capacity of around 8,000 spectators. Later fortified against Saxon invaders.

Link: Roman Amphitheatre Cirencester

North Leigh Roman Villa

At North Leigh Roman Villa, near Witney, you will find the remains of a large, wellbuilt Roman courtyard villa. The most important feature is a nearly complete mosaic tile floor, patterned in reds and browns.

Entrance to the site is free of charge and the site is open at any reasonable time.

Getting to North Leigh Roman Villa

Bus Access - Stagecoach in Oxford 11 Oxford - Witney, to within 1 1/2 miles
Road Access - 2 miles N of North Leigh; 10 miles W of Oxford, off A4095
Train Access - Hanborough (3.5 miles away)

Please note, access to the site is for pedestrians only from main road down a 550 metres (600 yards) track.

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