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The Roman Theatre of Verulamium

Bluehouse Hill, St Albans , Hertfordshire, AL3 6AE

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  • Built in about 140AD it is the only example of its kind in Britain, being a theatre with a stage rather than an Amphitheatre.
  • The arena would have been used for anything from religious processions and dancing, to wrestling, armed combat and wild beast shows.
  • From about 180AD the stage came into greater use and the auditorium was extended.
  • By about 300AD, the theatre could seat 2000 spectators.
  • The ruins you can see today were unearthed in 1847 and 1935.
  • Subsequent excavations in 1957 and 1961 revealed a row of shop foundations, a Roman Villa and a secret shrine, all thought to date from the first century.
  • The theatre was refurbished in 2014 to include new steps, pathways and handrails.
  • There is now improved, yet limited disabled access.
  • The Theatre is available to book for cultural entertainment.
  • It is also possible to view treasures evacuated from the Roman Theatre site at St Albans Verulamium Museum.


  • There is a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • The nearest National Rail station is St Albans Abbey.

COVID-19 Information

  • There is not a member of staff available at the entrance.
  • There is not hand sanitiser available at the entrance.
  • Hand sanitisers are not available inside the venue.
  • There is a limited number of people allowed inside.
  • There is a Track and Trace system in place.
  • There is not a one-way system throughout.
  • There is clear signage inside to help with social distancing.

Opening Hours

Reception (Admissions Kiosk)

  • The desk/counter is 5m (5yd 1ft) from the theatre ruins entrance.
  • There is level access to the desk/counter from the entrance.
  • The desk/counter is medium height (77cm - 109cm).
  • The desk/counter does not have a low (76cm or lower) section.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • Comments View
    • Staff will open the gate for vehicles to enter the car park.


  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Venue Car Park View
    • Parking is free for all users.
    • The car park is located beyond the admissions kiosk.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • There is/are 0 Blue Badge parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The route from the car park to the entrance is accessible to a wheelchair user unaided.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
    • There is not a road to cross between the car park and the entrance.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
  • Drop-off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.

Outside Access (Theatre Ruins Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located leading to the ruins.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
    • The door(s) is/are double width but one door is locked.
    • The door(s) is/are permanently held open.
    • The width of the door opening is 120cm.
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • The ramp/slope is located beyond the entrance.
    • The gradient of the ramp/slope is steep.
    • The ramp/slope is permanent.
    • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
    • There is not a/are not handrail(s) at the ramp.

Roman Theatre Ruins

  • The theatre ruins surface is gravel and grass.
  • Assistance is available to patrons via the staff that are at theatre shows.

Accessible Toilet

  • Accessible toilet facilities are not available.

Standard Toilet(s)

Additional Info

  • Staff do receive disability awareness / equality training.
  • Documents can be requested in Braille.
  • Documents can be requested in large print.
  • A bowl of water can be provided for an assistance dog.
  • A member of staff trained in BSL skills is not normally on duty.