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Cirencester Roman Amphitheatre
Situated outside the Roman town of Corinium (Modern Cirencester) lie the remains of one of the largest amphitheatres known from Roman Britain. The amphitheatre was constructed in the first half of the 2nd century AD on the site of an existing Roman quarry. The cavea or seating bank was probably retained using timber and dry-stone wall. In the Later 2nd AD century the arena was then enclosed by a high stone wall, plastered and painted to look like marble. The seating banks, originally 10 metres high, had tiered wooden seats laid on low dry-stone walls, with an area behind for standing spectators. An estimated 8,000 or more people could be accommodated at any one time; probably the entire population of Corinium and more.
Source: English Heritage
The amphitheatre (known locally as The Bull Ring) lay a short distance outside the south west defences of the Roman town of Corinium Dobunnorum and was built in the later part of the first century AD.
The two curving mounds enclosed a central area for shows and entertainments. On these mounds planking and dry stone walls supported wooden seats for the spectators.
Cirencester Roman Amphitheatre Opening Times
The amphitheatre in Cirencester is open all year round and there is no entrance fee
The Roman amphitheatre in Cirencester is located next to the bypass to the West of Cirencester
Access by car an on foot is gained along Chesterton Lane from the West end of the bypass on to Cotswold Avenue (OS Map 163; ref SP 020014)
Is Cirencester Roman Amphitheatre Dog Friendly?
Dogs are allowed into the Roman amphitheatre.
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