Visiting this summer’s excavations
We will be digging the Silchester bath house this summer between 17th June 2019 and 13th July. The site will be open everyday (excluding Fridays) to visitors between the hours of 10am and 5pm and our team will be happy to give you a tour. The bath house is located within the walls of the town, towards the south east near the church and is accessible from the main drove-way. For visitors coming by car we recommend following the instructions below to find the public car park and walking from there. An open day will take place on the during the season (date TBC) and will likely be very busy. Please check our Facebook and Twitter feeds nearer the time for more details
Please note: Silchester is a working excavation within farmland and therefore conditions underfoot can be variable. If you are visiting please wear appropriate footwear and clothing suitable for all weather and temperatures. Although shelter, shade and first aid assistance can be provided on site we cannot be responsible for people unprepared for outdoor conditions.
Year round access
The complete circuit of the Roman Town Walls and the amphitheatre of the Roman Town are open to visitors all year round. It is a mile and half walk along the Roman walls and the North Gates and South gates into the Roman Town are well worth a visit. The amphitheatre is located just outside the Roman Town, to the north-east. Although the seating does not survive, the atmosphere does!
Please note: Visits to the Roman Town are not the responsibility of the Department of Archaeology at Reading. The Roman Town is owned by Hampshire County Council under the care of English Heritage, and any queries about opening times and disabled access outside of the summer excavation period should be addressed directly to them. More information can be found on the English Heritage and Hampshire County Council websites.
Getting to Silchester by car
The Roman town at Silchester is situated between the M3 and M4 motorways, between Reading and Basingstoke. You can get detailed directions by entering the postcode of your starting direction on the Google Maps website. For sat nav users, the postcode is RG7 2HP.
There is a Public Car Park located just outside the town walls in Wall Lane and it is a short, 10 minute walk to the heart of the Roman Town from here. If you are bringing a coach, you will need to contact the farmer to raise the car park barrier. The number is on the gate.
See an OS map of Silchester Roman Town showing the position of the car park.
Getting to Silchester by train
The nearest train station to Silchester is Mortimer Station. The excavation is then a two mile walk or taxi journey from the station. There are regular trains (at least twice hourly) from Reading Station to Mortimer and the journey time is approximately 10-15mins. Due to the shifting nature of train times, it is advisable to check the timetables either by visiting the National Rail Enquiries website or calling them on 03457 48 49 50.
Getting to Silchester by bike
Silchester Roman Town is on Sustrans National Route 23 from Reading. This is a mostly on-road route, with a few parts being traffic-free. The route also passes close to Bramley railway station about 5km (3 miles) to the south of Silchester.
The Silchester App
Download the Silchester App for Apple and Android before you visit for a map and guide to the Roman town
English Heritage Guidebook: Silchester Roman Town
This new guidebook, authored by Mike Fulford, provides a full tour and history of the site, and brings the story of its rediscovery and excavation up to date. The guidebook is available to order online.
Walks in the Silchester area
The countryside around Silchester can be explored on an extensive network of public paths. The Hampshire County Council Exploring Silchester leaflet includes the Silchester Trail.