The Roman town of Calleva Atrebatum, now called Silchester, is one of the most important heritage sites in the country. The site was established by the Atrebates, a local Iron Age tribe, just before the Roman invasion. The occupying forces then built a considerable settlement with temples, an amphitheatre and even an early Christian church. Unlike most large Roman towns in Britain, it was completely abandoned in the 5th century, making this a truly remarkable site. Excavation is on-going and annual digs continue to unearth a range of treasures.
The complete circuit of the Roman Town Walls and the amphitheatre of the Roman Town are open to visitors all year round.