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Roman Amphitheatre

Little St John Street, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 1QX

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Introduction

  • The largest Roman amphitheatre in Britain, used for entertainment and military training by the 20th Legion, based at the fortress of 'Deva' (Chester).
  • Excavations by English Heritage and Chester City Council in 2004-5 revealed two successive stone-built amphitheatres with wooden seating.
  • The first included access to the upper tiers of seats via stairs on the rear wall, as at Pompeii, and had a small shrine next to its north entrance.
  • The second provided seat access via vaulted stairways.
  • The two buildings differed from each other and from all other British amphitheatres, underlining the importance of Roman Chester.

Opening Times

  • Please contact the venue for details of opening times.
  • Comments View
    • The venue is open any reasonable time during daylight hours.

Location

  • The venue is situated within the centre of the city.
  • This venue is situated in Chester.
  • The venue is not situated on a road which has a steep gradient.
  • There is a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • The nearest mainline station is Chester.

Parking

  • The venue does not have its own car park.

Outside Access (West Side Entrance)

  • There is level access into the venue.
  • There are no doors at this entrance.
  • The width of the door opening is 200cm (6ft 7in).

Outside Access (East Side Entrance)

  • There is level access into the venue.
  • The main doors open (no doors).
  • The door opening is 150cm (4ft 11in) wide.

Inside Access

  • There is not level access to the service(s).
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • This venue does not play background music.
  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.
  • The lighting levels are varied.

Level Change (Steps into the Amphitheatre)

  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located at various points around the Amphitheatre.
  • There is/are 15+ step(s) to the area/service.
  • There is not tactile paving at the top and bottom of the steps.
  • The step(s) is/are not clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is/are deep (18cm+).
  • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).
  • The handrail(s) is/are on both sides.
  • Comments View
    • Two of the sets of steps only have handrails to the left side when going up.

Accessible Toilet

  • There are not accessible toilets within this venue designated for public use.

Standard Toilet(s)