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Institute of Tourists Guiding

MR 04676

Silchester Roman Town

The rich history of Calleva Atrebatum

Explore the site of an extensive Roman town

Calleva Atrebatum, Roman Silchester, thrived nearly 2,000 years ago.  It was at the junction of significant Roman roads, but after the Romans left the location was abandoned..

Much remains hidden today, but the site is clearly marked on the ground and we can walk around some of the walls and imagine the atmosphere in the amphitheatre.

If we are lucky, during the summer, we can watch archaeologists as they dig for clues, and talk to some of them about past and present finds.

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Create your ideal day by selecting any of the options from the table below. Choose your distance, time or type of activity. At any point, feel free to get in touch and we will help you build the perfect tour for you and your group.

Type of activityApproximate lengthAbility
Calleva highlights
75 minutes (1 to 2 miles, 1.5 to 3 kilometres)
Gentle - for all abilities and ages
Exploring Silchester
Two hours (3 miles, 5 kilometres)
Medium - average level of fitness
A walk in the wider Silchester area
Full day, up to 9 hours (8 miles, 13 kilometres)
Advanced - Good level of fitness

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Take a step into history

Get to know the incredible history of Calleva Atrebatum.  Two starting points are Silchester village or the Roman town car park.

A 75 minute walk from either those will allow us to see some of the remains of the wall and imagine the changes in the area in the last 2,000 years.

A two hour walk from either starting point takes in a complete circuit of the walls and a visit to the Roman amphitheatre.

Or a full day walk starting at Mortimer station is an eight mile countryside walk to the Roman remains and back.  This could incorporate lunch at a local pub.

Take a look at some of our images from exploring Silchester:

Qualifications and accreditations

  • Member of the Institute of Tourist Guiding
  • Member of the British Guild of Tourist Guides
  • Blue Badge Guide for South and South East England 2011
  • Blue Badge Guide for South West England 2014
  • Ambassador for the Great West Way
  • Member of Midsomer Tours
  • Guiding endorsement for Windsor and Eton
  • Member of Association of Wessex Tourist Guides

British visitor

Brit Movie Tours

The guide really knows his stuff. Very entertaining, very knowledgeable.

Lin Wilson

Solent Events & Leisure, Gosport

Thanks Graham and thank you for a superb tour yesterday. It was both interesting and amusing which we love! Everyone really enjoyed the whole day and are now eager to book my next one, which is great.

HF Holidays guest

Friendly and relaxed with a good sense of humour.

Sam Evans

Humphreys of Henley

Graham is one of our clients’ favourite guides! They tell us that he is not only informative, but fun and entertaining, bringing the stunning destinations across southern England to life. We love to introduce Graham to our clients because he finds out about them and makes the whole experience truly personal.

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