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Family-friendly places with Roman history

A parent and child looking at Roman ruins at Chedworth Roman Villa, Gloucestershire
A family looking at the remains of stone pillars at Chedworth Roman Villa, Gloucestershire | © National Trust Images/James Beck

Looking for somewhere to unearth ancient Roman history with the family? Here are some great places to visit that are filled with Roman history, from forts and walls to bathhouses and pubs.

Ambleside Roman Fort, Lake District
Ambleside Roman Fort was once home to 500 fierce Roman soldiers. Visit the remains of the fort at Lake Windermere and imagine the homes, shops, bath houses and even food outlets that used to be there.Visit Ambleside Roman Fort
Chedworth Roman Villa, Gloucestershire
Discover the remains of one of the grandest Roman villas in Britain, where you can dress up as a gladiator, try brass rubbing and play Roman table games.Visit Chedworth Roman Villa
Dolaucothi Gold Mines, Wales
Join a tour of the only known Roman gold mine in the UK, where you'll walk over ancient surface workings and go underground to see how the Romans mined for gold. You can even try out gold-panning for yourself.Visit Dolaucothi
Hadrian's Wall, Northumberland
Imagine you’re a Roman soldier as you walk along the famous Hadrian’s Wall. You can watch a short film at the museum to see what the buildings would have looked like 2,000 years ago, and look out for a toilet from thousands of years ago.Visit Hadrian's Wall
Letocetum Roman Baths, Staffordshire
At Letocetum Roman Baths, you can see the ruins of a Roman pub and bath house. You can also take a look at the remains of a staging post that was first built when the Romans invaded Britain.Visit Letocetum Roman Baths
The Weir Garden, Herefordshire
At this riverside garden, remains of a Roman mosaic and a discrete, private bathhouse were found by archaeologists. Today, the garden is great for wildlife spotting and letting off steam in the play area.Visit The Weir Garden
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