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Alauna Fort
North-west Counties
Tel. NA
Open: open site
Established c122; one of largest; protected Hadrianís Wall; housed 1000 soldiers and connected to Carlisle by road; used for 280 years; supply depot; remains of surrounding town; items on display at Senhouse Roman Museum in Maryport

Aldborough Roman Town
North-east Counties
High St, Boroughbridge
Tel. 01423 322 768
Open: April-end Sep, daily, 10am-6pm, until 5pm in Oct, closed 1-2pm daily
English Heritage property; Roman town remains with mosaics; small museum; sections of town wall and towers; originally known as Isurium and a major settlement for the Brigantes largest tribe in Roman Britain; parking

Arbeia Roman Fort and Museum
Tyne and Wear (Tyneside)
North-east Counties
Baring St, South Shields
Tel. 0191 277 1410
Open: Easter-Oct, Mon-Sat, 10am-5.30pm, on Sun from 1-5pm; Nov-March, Mon-Sat 10am-4pm
Excavated Roman military supply base; museum has weapons, tombstones, and jewellery

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Banna Roman Fort
North-west Counties
9 miles north of Brampton on a minor road off the B6318
Tel. NA
Open: open site
Remains of buildings built cAD79 as an outpost to guard Hadrianís Wall

Bignor Roman Villa
East and West Sussex
South-east Counties
Six miles north of Arundel, signposted from A29 and A285, W Sussex
Tel. 0 1798 869 259
Open: March and April, Tue-Sun and BH, 10am-5pm; May and Oct, daily, 10am-5pm; June-end Sep, daily, 10am-6pm
Remains of Roman home and farm; mosaic floors (under cover) considered some of finest in Britain; 80 ft long one is longest on display in Britain; includes mosaics of Venus, Medusa, gladiators, and the Ganymede; museum contains artefacts found on the site; parking; shop; light refreshments; picnic area
Web: Bignor Roman Villa

Binchester Roman Fort
North-east Counties
1.5 miles north of Bishop Auckland
Tel. 0191 3834212
Open: Easter weekend and May-end Sep, daily, 11am-5pm
Partly excavated Roman fort

Binsey Roman Fort
North-west Counties
on Binsey fell, by foot off a minor road
north-east of Bassenthwaite Lake and east of the A591 and Bewaldeth village
Tel. NA
Open: open site
Called Arbeia by the Romans; now grass covered hill 1467 feet high; views over surrounding land; ancient burial ground under tmodern trig point

Birdoswald Roman Fort
North-west Counties
Signposted off A69, 5 miles east of Brampton, 2ľ miles west of Greenhead on minor road off B6318
Tel. 0 1697 747 602
Open: April-end Sep, 10am-6pm, daily; Oct, 10am-5pm, daily; Nov-March, weekends, 10am-4pm
English Heritage property: third century Roman milecastle fort high above river Irthing; views of Hadrianís wall; interpretive centre; refreshments
For photos and more information see our feature at Birdoswald Roman Fort

Brading Roman Villa
Isle of Wight
South-east Counties
Morton Old Rd, Brading
Tel. 0 1983 406 223
Open: days not given; 9.30am-5pm, cafť from 10am-4pm
Remains of 3rd century Roman villa; exhibition of artefacts and mosaics; educational activities; visitor centre; special events; cafť; shop; parking
Web: Brading Roman Villa

Burgh Castle
Eastern Counties
Breydon Water, west of Great Yarmouth
Tel. 01223 582700
Open: daylight hours
English Heritage property; walls of 3rd century Roman fort

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Caister Roman Site
Eastern Counties
Caister on the Sea
Three miles north of Great Yarmouth
Open: daylight hours
English Heritage site; remains of Roman fort and part of defensive wall

North-east Counties
1.4 miles north of Haltwhistle off B6318; half mile uphill walk to the wall Tel. 0 1434 344 396
Open: open site
Roman milecastle, turrets on Hadrianís wall remains; parking

Chedworth Roman Villa
South-west Counties
Yanworth, near Cheltenham
Tel. 0 1242 890 256
Open: daily; 2nd week Feb-3rd week March, 10am-4pm, 3rd week March-end Oct, 10am-5pm, Nov, 10am-4pm; closed Dec-2nd week Feb
National Trust property; one of the largest Roman remains in England; walls, mosaics, two bathhouses, hypocausts, water shrine; artefacts; AV presentation; family trails, living history events; shop; snacks and drinks; car park

Chester Roman Amphitheatre
North-west Counties
Vicars Lane beyond Newgate, Chester
Tel. 0161 2421400
Open: daylight hours
English Heritage property; partly excavated amphitheatre is largest in Britain; hypocaust

Chester Roman Fort and Museum
North-east Counties
One quarter mile west of Chollerford
near Hexam
Tel. 01434 681379
Open: April-end Sep, daily, 10am-6pm; Oct-end March, 10am-4pm; closed 24-26 Dec and 1 Jan
English Heritage property; best preserved Roman calvary fort in England; ruins cover six acres; occupied for three centuries; bath house area well preserved; museum; parking

Corbridge Roman Site
North-east Counties
.5 mile north-west of Corbridge
Tel. 01434 632349
Open: April-end Sep, daily, 10am-6pm; Oct, until 5pm, rest of year until 4pm
English Heritage property; museum, excavated Roman remains including a granary

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Fishbourne Roman Palace
East and West Sussex
South-east Counties
Salthill Rd, Fishbourne
Chichester, West Sussex
Tel. 0 1243 785 859
Open: 1st-3rd week Jan, Sat and Sun, 10am-4pm; 3rd week Jan-end Feb, daily, 10am-4pm; March-July and Sep-Oct, daily, 10am-5pm; Aug, daily, 10am-6pm; Nov-mid Dec, daily, 10am-4pm; mid Dec-3rd week Jan, Sat and Sun, 10am-4pm
Roman palace built circa AD75; mosaics are considered some of Englandís finest; museum with archaeological finds; AV program; workshops, special events; parking

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Galava Roman Fort
North-west Counties
82 metres west of Waterhead carpark, in Borrans Field at Waterside
Tel. NA
Open: open site
English Heritage property but managed by National Trust; secured Roman route from Brougham to Ravenglass; ruins of stone fort covering 3 acres; artefacts from fort at museum in Kendal
Note: English Heritage refers to the fort as Ambleside Roman Fort

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Hardknott Roman Fort
North-west Counties
9 miles northeast of Ravenglass at western end of Hardknott Pass on minor road off the A595 from Ravenglass or A593 from west of Skelwith Bridge
Tel. NA
Open: open site
Owned by English Heritage and managed by the National Trust; built during the reign of the Emperor Hadrian; covers three acres; Note: the fort is at the top of a narrow mountain road, not advised to travel in winter weather

Housesteads Roman Fort
North-east Counties
Near Bardon Mill by Haydon Bridge
Tel. 0 1434 344 363
Open: April-end Sep, daily, 10am-6pm; Oct-end Jan, daily, 10am-4pm; closed 24-26 Dec and 1 Jan
Under the care of National Trust and English Heritage jointly; 2nd century Roman fort covers five acres; museum; exhibition; visitor centre; car park charge; shop; picnic area

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West Midlands
Wall, near Lichfield
Tel. 01543 480768
Open: daily April-end Oct, 10am-6pm, 5pm in Oct
Remains of Roman staging post and bathhouse; museum of finds; AV tour

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North Leigh Roman Villa
South-east Counties
Two miles north of North Leigh,
10 miles west of Oxford off the A4095
Open: grounds open site any reasonable time in daylight
English Heritage property; remains of large courtyard villa; nearly complete mosaic tile floor; parking in lay-by

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Ravenglass Roman Bath House
North-west Counties
ľ mile east of Ravenglass, off minor road leading to A595
Tel. NA
Open: open site
English Heritage property; served as bathhouse for 1000 Roman soldiers stationed in Ravenglass area; scant remains

Rockbourne Roman Villa
South-east Counties
Rockbourne, Fordingbridge
Tel. 0845 603 5635
Open: April-end Sep, Thu, Fri, Sun, BH, 11am-4pm
Largest Roman villa in the area included bath houses, living quarters, farm buildings, workshops, mosaics; museum of Roman objects found in the area; parking

Roman Theatre of Verulamium
Eastern Counties
Western outskirts of St Albans, just off A4147
Tel. 01727 835 035
Open: daily, year round; summer, 10am-5pm; winter, 10am-4pm
Ruins of theatre built in AD 140; only example of its kind in Britainóit is theatre with stage rather than amphitheatre; enlarged and by AD 300 could seat 2000 people

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Segedunum Roman Fort, Baths and Museum
Tyne and Wear (Tyneside)
North-east Counties
Buddle St, Wallsend
Tel. 0 191 236 9347
Open: daily, April-end Oct, 10am-5pm; until 3pm rest of year
World Heritage site; excavated remains of a Roman fort (200 AD) and a reconstructed bath with a museum that tells the story of life in Roman Britain from more than 700 artefacts found at the site; industry gallery tells about life during coal mining and shipbuilding era
For photos and more information see our article Segedunum Roman Fort, Baths and Museum

Senhouse Roman Museum
North-west Counties
The Battery, Seabrows, Maryport
Tel. 0 1900 816 168
Open: July-end Oct, daily, 10am-5pm; April-June and Oct, daily except Mon and Wed, 10am-5pm; Nov-March, Fri, Sat, Sun, 10:30am-4pm
Oldest collection of Roman artefacts in Britain and the largest from one site in Britain
Web: Senhouse Museum

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Verulamium Museum
Eastern Counties
St Michaels St, 2 miles west of St Albans
Accessible via A4147
Tel. 0 1727 751 810
Open: Mon-Sat and BH 10am-5:30pm, Sun 2-5:30pm
One of Englandís best Roman museums; located on site of former Roman city; recreated rooms; videos; mosaics; artifacts displayed in context of usage; parking; shop; picnic area; special events; no food

Vindolanda Roman Museum and Site
North-east Counties
Signed near village of Bardon Mill
13 miles from Hexham on A69
Tel. 0 1434 344 277
Open: second week Feb-end March, daily, 10am-5pm; April-end Sep, daily, 10am-6pm; Oct-mid Nov, daily, 10am-5pm
Remains of Roman army forts and artefacts including writing tablets, textiles, leather goods, bronzes, jewellery, pottery, weapons, and basketry
Web: Vindolana

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Welwyn Roman Baths
Eastern Counties
Welwyn Bypass Rd, Welwyn
Tel. 0 1707 271 362 (Mill Green Museum)
Open: Jan-Nov, weekends and BH, 2-5pm; also open school holidays same months during the week
Scheduled ancient monument in steel tunnel under A1 motorway; once part of a Roman villa; archaeological finds from Welwyn area; exhibition on history of the site and how steel tunnel was constructed

Wroxeter Roman City
West Midlands
Wroxeter, five miles east of Shrewsbury
Tel. 01743 761330
Open: March-end Oct, daily, 10am-5pm; Nov-end Feb, Wed-Sun, 10am-4pm; closed 24-26 Dec and 1 Jan
English Heritage property; ruins of one of Romeís largest cities that covered 200 acres of land include baths and wall; museum, AV tour; recreated Roman villa townhouse; special events; picnic area; snacks only available

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