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London Roman Amphitheatre
- London Roman Amphitheatre
- Alt Name:
- United Kingdom
- Ancient Rome
- 0AD - 99AD
- London Roman Fort, London Roman Wall,
Museum of London, British Museum,
about London Roman Amphitheatre
The London Roman Amphitheatre was discovered in 1988 and remains the only known Roman amphitheatre in the city. Believed to have first been built in 74 AD, the London Roman Amphitheatre was probably extensively renovated in the second century, in around 120 AD.
At its peak, the London Roman Amphitheatre would have been able to seat up to 6,000 spectators and would probably have hosted brutal gladiatorial matches. At this time, London - then Londinium - had a population of some 20,000 to 30,000 people.
Today, visitors can see the remains of some of the walls of London Roman Amphitheatre, some original wooden drains and two small chambers which might have functioned as the waiting rooms for the gladiators or even the wild beasts that performed in the arena.
Once a month, the curator of the London Roman Amphitheatre hosts a guided tour of the site. Otherwise, it is part of the Guildhall Art Gallery and entry to the site is included in the gallery ticket.
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Address: Guildhall Yard, London EC2P 2EJ
Phone: +44 (0)20 78145777
Nearest underground: Bank (Northern, Waterloo and City, Central lines) and St Paul’s (Central line). Bus 710 stops nearby.
Open daily, 10am-5pm (noon-4pm Sundays). Last entry half an hour before closing. Entry included in ticket to Guildhall Art Gallery (£2.50 full, £1 reduced. Free after 3.30pm, on Fridays for all and always for kids).
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