Discover a secret Roman amphitheatre in London


The Guildhall Art Gallery in the City of London is home to London’s only Roman amphitheatre – 20ft (6m) below pavement level.

Dating back 2,000 years, the structure’s precious stone remnants offer a glimpse through history to a time of public executions, wild animal fights and gladiators in combat.

After all, the City of London, which was founded by the Romans in the 1st century AD, is the capital’s oldest quarter and the only place where you can spot Roman remains.

Top tip: look out for the line representing the full-scale amphitheatre shape above ground.

You can visit Guildhall Art Gallery and the Amphitheatre for free. The Gallery is home to a fine art collection dating from the 1600s, including paintings of London through the centuries, portraits, sculpture, and Pre-Raphaelite masterpieces.

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