Roman London

The Romans founded Londinium (London) in the year 43 AD following an invasion led by the Roman Emperor Claudius.

A century later they built a defensive wall around the city in what was one of the largest construction projects carried out in Roman Britain. The wall survived for another 1,600 years. Parts of the London wall can still be seen today next to the Museum of London which has an extensive collection of artifacts from Roman London. 

In addition, remains of a massive Roman pier base for a bridge were found in 1981, close to the modern London Bridge which confirmed that Londinium was an important commercial and trading centre. 

In the north of the city remains of London's amphitheatre were recently discovered and you can visit them at the Guildhall. The dark circle of of bricks in the courtyard outside shows where the amphitheatre stood. 

  • Guildhall Art Gallery & Roman Amphitheatre

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    Gallery

    Guildhall Yard, EC2V 5AE [map]

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    Discover seventeenth century portraits, Pre-Raphaelite masterpieces and a fascinating range of paintings documenting London's dramatic history. Then step into the ruins of London's Roman Amphitheatre.

  • British Museum

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    Museum

    British Museum, Great Russell Street, WC1B 3DG [map]

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    Visiting the British Museum in London is free. It's one of the greatest museums in the world!

  • Museum of London

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    Museum

    150 London Wall, EC2Y 5HN [map]

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    The Museum of London tells the story of the world's greatest city and its people, from prehistoric times to the present day.

  • The London Wall

    Historic Site / House

    Fenchurch Street, Tower Bridge, EC3N 4DJ [map]

    London Wall is the remnant of the Roman wall, which once formed part of the eastern defences of Roman Londinium.

  • National Trust: Roman Bath

    Historic Site / House

    5 Strand Lane, WC2R 2NA [map]

    The Roman bath is an archaeological puzzle, as it may actually date from Tudor times.

  • Crofton Roman Villa

    Historic Site / House

    Crofton Road, Orpington, BR6 8AF [map]

    Remains of a Roman villa-house dating from AD140 within a modern cover-building, with graphic displays, models, touch table of Roman artefacts and activities for children including mosaic making, brass rubbing, Roman games and dressing up as Romans.