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Our guide to the Roman Sites of the UK will help you discover the fabulous Roman ruins still on offer in Britain today.

There are numerous Romans sites in Britain, some are world famous and explored by thousands of tourists every year, other UK Roman Ruins are left ignored and forgotten, sought only by diehard Roman fans. Our Romans Sites UK Map will help you explore them.

From the moment they invaded in 43AD through to their eventual withdrawal around 410AD, the Romans stamped their authority on Britain through military fortifications, Roman-style cities, civic buildings and great monuments. This archaeological legacy can still be explored across Britain, from the famous Roman Baths of Bath to Hadrian’s Wall and almost everywhere in between.

Our guide to the Roman sites of the UK and to UK Roman ruins can help you discover all of these places and more. Simply explore the Roman Sites UK map above or take a look at what’s on offer below.

Remember, you can shortlist sites as you explore Historvius, allowing you to build your own itinerary and free guidebook to put together your perfect UK Roman Sites tour. You can also explore our global Roman Sites page.

Roman Sites UK : Site Index

  • Arbeia Roman Fort Arbeia Roman Fort
    Built around 160AD, Arbeia was a supply base and garrison which guarded the entrance to the river Tyne. It is one of many Roman ruins in Britain that gives an insight into Roman military fortifications.
    Photo by Thunderchild7 (cc)

  • Bar Hill Fort Bar Hill Fort
    Once forming part of the Antonine Wall, this ancient military outpost was one of the most important defensive points along the wall. Among the less well-known UK Roman ruins, it is still worth a look.
    Photo by kenny barker (cc)

  • Bearsden Bath House Bearsden Bath House
    Built in the 2nd century as part of one of the Antonine Wall forts, Bearsden can now be found among modern houses and is one of the more tucked-away of the places on our Roman Sites UK list.

  • Bignor Roman Villa Bignor Roman Villa
    One of the most popular Roman sites in Britain, Bignor has some of the most amazing Roman mosaics in the UK as well as practical, hands on activities for kids.
    Photo by davehighbury (cc)

  • Birdoswald Roman Fort Birdoswald Roman Fort
    Situated alongside one of the best-preserved stretches of Hadrian’s Wall, Birdoswald was once home to over 1,000 soldiers. Today the ruins include walls, gateways and workshops. One of many forts on our Roman sites UK map.
    Photo by TyB (cc)

  • Brading Roman Villa Brading Roman Villa
    Housed in a purpose built structure, Brading Roman Villa on the Isle of Wight was a 1st century Roman house and is an interesting example of Britain’s roman sites.
    Photo by skuds (cc)

  • Caer Gybi Caer Gybi
    Hidden next to a medieval church in Holyhead, Anglesey, this small Roman fortlet is one of the most obscure Roman sites in the United Kingdom.
    Photo by kevingessner (cc)

  • Caerleon Roman Fortress Caerleon Roman Fortress
    Home to the notable ruins of a 1st century Roman legionary barracks, Caerleon ranks among the best UK Roman sites. Among other things it contains the remains of a 6,000-seater amphitheatre.
    Photo by Alun Salt (cc)

  • Caerwent Roman Town Caerwent Roman Town
    Caerwent contains the fascinating remains of the Roman settlement of Venta Silurum. Particularly impressive are the ruins of the defensive wall, which rank among the best of their type of any UK Roman ruins.
    Photo by Alun Salt (cc)

  • Cardiff Castle Cardiff Castle
    A Norman castle built over the site of a Roman fort, Cardiff Castle contains the reconstructed remains of the original Roman defensive wall.
    Photo by Charles D P Miller (cc)

  • Chedworth Roman Villa Chedworth Roman Villa
    A second century AD luxurious Roman Villa, the ruins of Chedworth today give just a hint of its former glory. One of several lavish Roman villas to have been excavated among the Roman sites in Britain.
    Photo by Andrew Michaels (cc)

  • Chester Roman Amphitheatre Chester Roman Amphitheatre
    For those seeking Roman sites in the UK, this is one of the better known. However, the fact that little remains of this amphitheatre can mean it can be a bit of a let-down.
    Photo by Andy Hay (cc)

  • Chester Roman Gardens Chester Roman Gardens
    Perhaps in contrast to the above, this pretty reconstructed Roman site is made up of a number of Roman finds and artefacts gathered from various sites in Roman Chester. One of the most tranquil places on our Roman Sites UK list.
    Photo by jeff_leigh (cc)

  • Chesters Roman Fort Chesters Roman Fort
    One of the most interesting Roman sites in Britain, Chesters Roman Fort contains the extensive and well-preserved remains of this Roman legionary outpost which made up part of the defences of Hadrian’s Wall.
    Photo by Glen Bowman (cc)

  • Cirencester Amphitheatre Cirencester Amphitheatre
    Little remains of this 2nd century amphitheatre which once held up to 8,000 people. However, it’s still worth a stroll by for those seeking Roman sites in the area. Among just a handful of amphitheatres on our Roman ruins UK map.

  • Colchester Castle Colchester Castle
    Once the capital of Roman Britain, Colchester Castle is built on the remains of the famous Roman Temple of Claudius. One of the most hidden UK Roman sites, the remains of this temple can only be viewed on special tours of the castle.
    Photo by Annie Mole (cc)

  • Corbridge Roman Town Corbridge Roman Town
    Containing the remains of ancient granaries, houses and markets, this Roman archaeological site was once a thriving Roman settlement.
    Photo by Glen Bowman (cc)

  • Croy Hill Croy Hill
    Little remains of this site, which was once part of Hadrian’s Wall. It is one of a number of Britain’s Roman sites which made up part of this famous defensive structure.

  • Durnovaria Durnovaria
    The Roman Town House in Durnovaria contains one of the best preserved Roman villas in Britain and dates back to the 1st century AD.
    Photo by Jim Linwood (cc)

  • Fishbourne Roman Palace Fishbourne Roman Palace
    Containing the remains of a huge Roman palace complex, Fishbourne is one of the most interesting Roman sites in the UK and contains not only ruins, but interactive displays and reconstructions.
    Photo by David Spender (cc)

  • Greenhead Roman Army Museum Greenhead Roman Army Museum
    Containing artefacts and replicas of Roman military equipment such as weapons, armour and chariots, this is an interesting place to visit for those seeking Roman sites in Britain.

  • Hadrian’s Wall Hadrian’s Wall
    Actually made up of a number of sites, Hadrian’s Wall is probably the most famous of the UK’s Roman sites. Today, many areas can be explored, giving an insight into this 73-mile ancient fortification.
    Photo by Alun Salt (cc)

  • Hod Hill Hod Hill
    Once an Iron Age fort captured by Vespasian during the Roman invasion of Britain, little archaeological evidence remains of the subsequent Roman fort which was built here.
    Photo by MarilynJane (cc)

  • Housesteads Roman Fort Housesteads Roman Fort
    One of the best preserved forts along Hadrian’s Wall, this archeological site has loads to see, including the ancient fortifications and houses. It is one of many forts to be found among the Roman sites in the United Kingdom.
    Photo by phault (cc)

  • Kinneil House and Museum Kinneil House and Museum
    Within the Kinneil Estate lie the remains of a Roman fort which once formed part of the Antonine Wall. This is certainly one of the more hidden Roman sites in the UK.

  • London Roman Amphitheatre London Roman Amphitheatre
    One of the lesser-known British Roman sites, the remains of this amphitheatre lie tucked away in the Guildhall Art Gallery. While little is left to see, it has been turned into an interesting exhibition and is therefore worth a look.
    Photo by portableantiquities (cc)

  • London Roman Fort London Roman Fort
    Like many Roman sites in Britain, this ancient fort has been mostly lost to the ages. However, certain sections can still be seen and the Museum of London also offers limited tours of what remains.
    Photo by pandrcutts (cc)

  • London Roman Wall London Roman Wall
    Built between around 190 and 220 AD, this defensive wall protected Roman London. A number of remains can still be found today, but like many UK Roman Sites, a little imagination is needed to picture its ancient grandeur.
    Photo by thetravelguru (cc)

  • Lullingstone Roman Villa Lullingstone Roman Villa
    Built in the 1st century AD, Lullingstone Roman Villa is one of many UK Roman sites which give an insight into the lives of the Romano-British elite. Today you can explore its ruins as well as artefacts, videos and interactive displays.
    Photo by Loz Flowers (cc)

  • Museum of London Museum of London
    Dedicated to the history of London, the Museum of London contains a wealth of information and artefacts about the city’s Roman past and also gives information on other UK Roman archaeological sites in London.

  • National Museum Cardiff National Museum Cardiff
    The National Museum of Cardiff explores the history of Wales including the country’s rich Roman history.
    Photo by juliagrossmann (cc)

  • North Leigh Roman Villa North Leigh Roman Villa
    Believed to have once been a vast Roman villa containing at least sixty rooms, North Leigh Roman Villa is one of a number of such luxurious houses to have been found among Britain’s Roman sites.
    Photo by littlemisspurps (cc)

  • Pevensey Castle Pevensey Castle
    Built upon the remains of the Roman fort of Anderida, Pevensey includes elements of the original fortifications and is an example of multi-period Roman remains in Britain. It is one of many military sites to have been excavated among Britain’s roman ruins.
    Photo by Pengannel (cc)

  • Portchester Castle Portchester Castle
    One of the best – if not the best – Roman sites in the UK, Portchester contains the country’s only intact set of Roman walls. Definitely one not to miss.
    Photo by scalespeeder (cc)

  • Richborough Roman Fort Richborough Roman Fort
    Originally named Rutupiae, Richborough marks the site where the Romans landed in Britain in 43 AD and is one of many forts on our Roman Sites UK map. Today visitors can view the remains of the fortifications, earthworks and more.
    Photo by trenchdroid (cc)

  • Roman Baths - Bath Roman Baths - Bath
    One of the most popular of all Roman sites in the United Kingdom, the Roman baths of Bath contain the remains of this ancient bath house as well as other artefacts, finds and displays from the ancient Roman town of Aqua Sulis.

  • Segedunum Roman Fort Segedunum Roman Fort
    One of the forts making up Hadrian’s Wall, Segedunum is a great place to view the remains of the wall as it includes a 35m high viewing tower. One of the most interesting Roman sites in Britain.
    Photo by AndrewH324 (cc)

  • The Antonine Wall The Antonine Wall
    Built in 138AD, little remains of the Antonine Wall. However, a number of forts and other archeological sites have been excavated, though these remain some of the least visited of UK Roman sites.
    Photo by starsrus (cc)

  • Verulamium Verulamium
    Located today in modern St Albans, Verulamium was one of the most important Roman cities in Britain. Visitors can still see the remains of the Roman walls, as well as the Roman theatre and excellent museum.
    Photo by Brron (cc)

  • Vindolanda Vindolanda
    One of the best known forts along Hadrian’s Wall, Vindolanda contains an array of interesting Roman ruins as well as an excellent museum. One of the most popular UK Roman sites.
    Photo by Bert Kaufmann (cc)

  • Wales National Roman Legion Museum Wales National Roman Legion Museum
    An interesting museum dedicated to the history of Roman Wales, the Wales National Roman Legion Museum is certainly worth a visit for those seeking Roman sites in the UK.
    Photo by Helen in Wales (cc)

  • Wall Roman site Wall Roman site
    Originally called Letocetum, Wall Roman site was a military staging post. Visitors can view the remains of this site as well as the museum. One of several Roman ruins in Britain managed by English Heritage.
    Photo by Alun Salt (cc)

  • Welwyn Roman Baths Welwyn Roman Baths
    One of the more hidden places on our Roman sites UK map, Welwyn Roman Baths can be found in a specially built vault under the A1 motorway.
    Photo by Legis (cc)

  • Wroxeter Roman City Wroxeter Roman City
    Once Britain’s fourth largest city, the remains of Roman Viroconium can be found just outside modern Wroxeter. The site contains some of the most interesting Roman ruins in the United Kingdom.
    Photo by steve p2008 (cc)

  • York City Walls York City Walls
    Impressive though they are, little of the original Roman walls of York remain today. However, the Multangular Tower is partly of original Roman construction and is one of the lesser known UK Roman ruins.
    Photo by By Neil T (cc)

  • York Minster York Minster
    Though obviously not of Roman construction itself, visitors to York Minster can visit the undercroft to see ancient Roman ruins. It is among the most hidden ancient places on our Roman sites UK map.
    Photo by By adactio (cc)

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