Roman London - What Lies Beneath
Destroyed during the rebellion by Boudica during the 1st Century AD, Roman Londinium was quickly rebuilt to become a flourishing town. In its heyday, the city was equipped with a fort, amphitheatre, large public baths, temples and substantial commercial facilities as befitted the capital of Roman Britain. Linking Britain to the rest of the Roman Empire and housing the substantial treasury, Londinium remained a wealthy town although its population gradually dwindled and a large defensive wall was built to surround the town.
Much has been discovered by excavations over the last 50 years, and the story so far is beautifully told in the Museum of London, which is adjacent to and just outside the Roman Wall. Jenny Hall was the Roman curator in charge of the Roman Gallery and Simon Elliott Trustee of the Council for British Archaeology and Ambassador for Museum of London Archaeology. Both are able to give a first-hand account of the latest digs and discoveries.
PLEASE NOTE: THE TEMPLE OF MITHRAS CLOSES AT SHORT NOTICE SO WE CAN NOT GUARANTEE A VISIT THERE ON OUR DAY.
Your Departure date
Study Day -
10:00 - Meet the group at the Museum of London. Please note: The entrance is upstairs.
10:15 - Enjoy a guided tour of the Roman Gallery, to see the many artefacts including a leather bikini found from Roman London and how we now know more about Roman Londoners.
12:20 - Short walk to a nearby section of Roman City wall.
13:00 - We stop for lunch.
14:15 - We spend our afternoon on a walking tour. We have arranged special access to a wide variety of Roman remains, including the ceremonial entranceway of the Amphitheatre (which was found beneath the Guildhall) and Fort Gate. We end our tour at the Temple of Mithras where we will see the recently-opened reconstructed remains and object display.
16:40 - Disperse.
Please note the program times may be changed to accommodate site visits and we may not always finish at the Temple of Mithras.
The temple of Mithras closes at short notice so we can not guarantee our visit on the day.