Britannia Prima

Chedworth Roman Villa, Gloucestershire
Chedworth Roman Villa, Gloucestershire

The wealth of the Roman west country

After distant and mysterious Britannia was conquered and brought into the embrace of the Roman Empire, new systems, beliefs and comforts mixed with local traditions to produce a uniquely British twist. High-ranking Britons increasingly enjoyed a luxurious and cultured lifestyle, particularly evident in the Cotswolds. These western lands became the late Roman province of Britannia Prima, with its principal city at Cirencester, as well as other nearby rich villas and temples.

  • Visit the Roman temple and famous hot spring bathing complex in Bath
  • Explore some of the best-preserved monuments of the Roman world
  • Stand in the amphitheatre arena at Caerleon and view the legionary bath house
  • Discover the forum, basilica and vast town walls at Caerwent, ancient Venta Silurum

Itinerary 2020

Day 1


Arrive independently and meet the group at our hotel in Bath. We will have an introductory lecture before dinner.

Hotel: Abbey Hotel, Bath
Meals: Dinner included

Day 2


Spend the day in Bath and visit the famous Roman Baths complex and its museum. The deity of the hot spring, worshipped by the Iron Age Dobunni tribe as Sulis, was identified by the Romans with their Minerva, and the bathing complex became more elaborate as time went on. There will be some free time in the afternoon to explore Bath at your own leisure.

Hotel: Abbey Hotel, Bath
Meals: All meals included

Day 3

Cirencester - Chedworth

This morning, we drive out to Cirencester. Just on the outskirts of the modern town we find the remains of one of Britain’s largest amphitheatres, ingeniously adapted from a prehistoric henge. In the Corinium Museum we explore the galleries with impressive finds from the Roman city, second in size only to London in its heyday. After lunch, we continue to Chedworth to investigate one of the largest Roman villas in Britain, which boasts several beautiful mosaics.

Hotel: Abbey Hotel, Bath
Meals: All meals included

Day 4

Lydney Park - Caerwent

We make our way to Lydney Park, famed for its lush rhododendron gardens, at their best in the spring. Above these stand the remains of the Roman Temple of Nodens and its bathing complex, with remarkable finds in the museum. The most famous is a perfect little bronze statue of a dog, associated with healing. The afternoon will be spent at Caerwent, Venta Silurum, built as a planned settlement and market town for the defeated Silures tribe. We view the impressive remains of the town wall, excavated houses, forum basilica, and a temple.

Hotel: Abbey Hotel, Bath
Meals: All meals included

Day 5


On our last morning, we journey out to Caerleon, the Roman legionary fortress Isca Augusta, one of only three permanent legionary fortresses in the country. We explore the exposed fortress walls and barracks blocks, and pay a visit to the remains of the military bath house. The excellent National Roman Legion Museum contains important finds from the site. After lunch, we return to Bath and our tour comes to an end.

Meals: Breakfast & lunch included

What's Included

  1. Expert Guide Lecturer
  2. Tour Manager
  3. Local Travel - All local transport
  4. Meals - Water with all meals, tea or coffee with dinner
  5. Entries & Tip - Entry to all sites in programme; tips included
  6. Field Notes
  7. Hotels

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2020 Tour Details

Sun 19th Apr - Thu 23rd Apr



without flights

sgl supp: £245


Led By: Dr Denise Allen

Guide Lecturer

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