Summer excavations 2020
Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, all excavations in 2020 have been postponed
Despite this, Silchester can still be visited recreationally, please see details below
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.
Access for wheelchairs and prams
The footpath and droveway that leads from the public car park to the site is long and very uneven. Access for prams and strollers is possible but we do not recommend that wheelchair users attempt entry this way. Wheelchair users and those who need assistance are welcome to drive into the site from the south and park at the campsite. For more details please call the site mobile on The site itself can be extremely difficult to move around for people of all abilities. The ground slopes down steeply towards the site and hot/wet weather can make conditions underfoot very difficult. We will be happy to use one of our vehicles to assist movement around the site for anybody that needs it. Please speak to our visitor team on arrival
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!
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.