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Step into the ruins of London's Roman Amphitheatre and discover the hidden history under your feet.

General admission is FREE.

Getting here

Located under Guildhall Art Gallery
off Gresham Street
London EC2V 5AE

The City of London was under Roman rule for a fifth of its history. Around AD43, the Romans established Londinum: within 30 years, they are thought to have constructed a wooden amphitheatre, which received a major facelift in the early second century.

The remains were discovered during the redevelopment of the Guildhall Art Gallery in 1985 and offer a fascinating insight into the bloody and barbaric theatre of Roman London. More than 7,000 spectators sat on tiered wooden benches in the open air to watch wild animal fights and the execution of criminals.

Get a taste for the amphitheatre in the 360 tour from London & Partners.

Get information on upcoming tours of the Roman Amphitheatre.

Opening hours

  • Monday 10am - 5pm
  • Tuesday 10am - 5pm
  • Wednesday 10am - 5pm
  • Thursday 10am - 5pm
  • Friday 10am - 5pm
  • Saturday 10am - 5pm
  • Sunday 12pm - 4pm

Free Roman Object Handling

Ever wanted to handle something nearly 2000 years old? Join a trained archaeologist for the chance to handle some genuine roman antiquities. No booking necessary.


1.15pm - 3.15pm

Upcoming sessions

  • 7 December
  • 6 December (lunchtime tour only - no object handling) until 2.15pm

Roman London: an introduction course

Ever wanted to know more about Roman London - to find out what life was really like on the edge of empire almost 2,000 years ago? This short course explores the rich archaeological heritage that lies beneath the City of London.

Find out more and book.


Check Guildhall Art Gallery page

Call 020 7332 3700 / textphone 020 7332 3803 for a daily recorded message or for more information.

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