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Invasion, conquest and settlement

The Roman invasion of 43 AD was far from decisive, indeed it took a few decades for the Romans to stretch their influence across much of the length and breadth of our isles. Repeated skirmishes forced the Romans to settle garrisons of troops here and it is this military heritage that survives in a lot of places to this day.

Away from the front line which was pushing through Wales and towards Scotland, Romans who had wealth or positions of power built themselves grand villas in the Mediterranean style, with magnificent mosaic floors, which must have looked completely alien to local people. From the evidence that does survive from the time, it appears that not all of the local inhabitants of Britain were keen to see that back of the Romans, with many seeming to adapt to a Roman way of life; clearly borrowing architectural styles.

Despite the time which has elapsed since the Romans left, and the many layers of building and destruction that have taken place in the interim, there are still many treasures up and down the country that will give school children a wonderful insight into Roman life. If you are studying any aspect of the Roman occupation you will find some excellent school visit opportunities on this page.wall in the whole Roman empire, and the more peaceful setting of Roman Bath.

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Romans VR Workshop


Our workshops are a great way of bringing the curriculum to life without the hassle of organising a school trip! During our Roman Rule workshop, your children will learn all about: - The Colosseum in Rome - The gladiators that fought inside the Colosseum - Roman tactics and strategies during battle - The Roman Senate - Roman Engineering Following on from this workshop, your pupils can write a diary entry from the perspective of a gladiator fighting inside the Colosseum. Our literacy bundles include lesson plans, example texts and LKS2 and UKS2 writing checklists. ...

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Romans VR Workshop
Romans VR Workshop
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All UK Regions
English, History, SEN, Romans


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East Midlands
Environmental Geography, Physics, History, Prehistory, Romans, Vikings, Wildlife, Bushcraft, SEN, Accommodation Only


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Mount Cook

London & South East
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Dan Tastic History
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Portals To The Past
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English, History, Prehistory, Greeks, Egyptians, Romans, Saxons, Vikings, Medieval, Tudors, Victorian, worldwar, Geography, Human Geography, Bushcraft


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Portals To The Past
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London & South East
Science, History, Physical Education, Bushcraft, Greeks, Egyptians, Romans, Saxons, Vikings, Medieval, Tudors, Victorian, SEN


The GBC located of junction 5 of the M3 in the historic village of Rotherwick, providing residential and day visit opportunities for schools within its 25 acres set in a conservation area and benefit from a wealth of natural charms. ...

The Gordon Brown Centre
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All UK Regions
History, Romans, SEN


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Roman Workshop
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London & South East, North
History, Romans, SEN


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Theatre Workshop have been visiting schools for over 25 years with fun filled active workshops. Our workshops certainly have the WOW factor and will get you pupils scrabbling for the internet to research for themselves. Book NOW ...

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Wales
History, Romans


Gelligaer Roman Fort is set in the beautiful countryside right in the heart of Caerphilly County Borough. The Gelligaer Roman Fort was an important staging post for the Roman forces and is full of rich heritage ...

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Roman Tours UK
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South West, East of England, East Midlands, Midlands, North East, North, Yorkshire, Wales, Scotland
History, SEN, Romans


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Butser Ancient Farm
Butser Ancient Farm
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London & South East
History, Prehistory, Celts, Romans, Saxons, Vikings, Farm, SEN


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Butser Ancient Farm
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Midlands
History, Romans


Explore Wroxeter, once the fourth largest city in Roman Britain. Use the free downloadable Teachers’ Kit, available from the English Heritage website, to support your teaching with information and activities. Enhance learning with an expert-led Discovery Visit workshop: • ROMANS AT WROXETER: T...

Wroxeter Roman City

North
History, Romans, SEN


The city of Chester, in North West England, boasts the well preserved remains of the largest Roman Amphitheatre in Britain. Built in the 1st century, this ancient monument is part of the impressive Roman remains that can be seen throughout the city....

Chester Roman Amphitheatre

North
Geography, Human Geography, History, Romans


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Birdoswald Roman Fort

Midlands
History, Geography, Physical Education, PSHE, Wildlife, Bushcraft, Watersports, SEN, Accommodation Only, Romans, Victorian, Fieldstudies


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History and Field Studies

Wales, Midlands
History, Geography, Physical Education, PSHE, Farm, Wildlife, SEN, Accommodation Only, Romans, Medieval, Fieldstudies


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Longtown Outdoor Learning Centre
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East Midlands, Midlands, London & South East, East of England, South West, North East, North, Yorkshire, Wales
Citizenship, Maths, Physics, Prehistory, Romans, Saxons, Vikings, Tudors, Victorian, Design Technology, PSHE


Our Hands-On Cross-Curricular Activities are for All Key Stages & Abilities, From EYFS to Sixth Form Making Learning Fun & The Complex Simple. Utilsing Creativity, Problem Solving, Teamwork and Resilience, workshops increase Self Esteem by Degrees ...

Maths Workshops

London & South East
History, Geography, Romans


Lullingstone Roman Villa provides a hands-on insight into the lives of the Romans living there and brings the curriculum to life in a fun and engaging way. Lullingstone is amongst the most outstanding Roman villa survivals in Britain. ...

Lullingstone Roman Villa
Sayers Croft
Sayers Croft
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London & South East
History, Physical Education, Wildlife, Prehistory, Romans, Saxons, SEN


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Sayers Croft
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London & South East
Science, History, Design Technology, Egyptians, Romans, worldwar, Chemistry, SEN


Located on the Roman wall itself and with over 600 years of history The Salters' Company brings to life the City of London drawing on its rich heritage and strong links with chemistry and architecture. ...

The Salters Company

South West
Geography, Human Geography, Physical Geography, Environmental Geography, Fieldstudies, Geology, History, Prehistory, Romans, Victorian, Physical Education, Farm, Wildlife, Bushcraft, Watersports


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Braeside Residential

London & South East
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Yorkshire
Science, Physics, Biology, History, Prehistory, Egyptians, Romans, Wildlife


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All UK Regions
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All UK Regions
History, Romans, Performing Arts


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Ancient Rome

East Midlands, Midlands, London & South East, East of England, South West, North East, North, Yorkshire, Wales
History, Romans


Julius Caesar's attempted invasion in 55-54 BC - Children begin by creating a human timeline to identify when in history the invasion occurred. Children then analyse the timeline to understand other key events such as the subsequent invasion and the construction of Hadrian's Wall. Children look into...

Roman Workshop

North East
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Vindolanda

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English, Science, History, Romans, Medieval, Tudors, SEN


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Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre

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Chesters Roman Fort and Museum

North East
Geography, Human Geography, Fieldstudies, Science, Physics, History, Romans, Physical Education


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YHA The Sill at Hadrians Wall

North
English, Geography, Human Geography, History, Romans, Medieval, Tudors


Discover the most besieged castle in England, on a free education visit to this unique site, or enhance learning with a hands-on learning workshop with our site experts. ...

Carlisle Castle

North East
Geography, Human Geography, Science, Physics, History, Romans, Vikings, Physical Education, Accommodation Only


Ideal for history lovers, this super-equipped hostel offers the ideal base for school trips in the fabulous city of York. ...

YHA York

East of England
Science, History, Geography, Romans, Saxons, Vikings, Victorian, Twentieth Century, Physical Geography, Environmental Geography, Fieldstudies, SEN, Physical Education


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Aylmerton Outdoor Education Centre
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South West
Geography, Human Geography, History, Prehistory, Romans, Saxons, Vikings, Medieval


During the Roman occupation of Britain, Old Sarum was called Sorviodunum. Find out more about Roman Britain using the ‘Hands-on Timeline’, and about a Roman lady called Lucia and how she lived, through activities and handling objects in the ‘Hidden Now Heard’ backpacks resource. Please let t...

Old Sarum

London & South East
English, Maths, Science, History, Geography, Prehistory, Greeks, Egyptians, Romans, Saxons, Vikings, Medieval, Tudors, Industrial, Victorian, worldwar, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Human Geography, Environmental Geography, Fieldstudies, SEN, Physical Education


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The Island Classroom

Wales
Geography, Human Geography, Physical Geography, Fieldstudies, Science, Biology, History, Prehistory, Celts, Romans, Physical Education, Art, Farm, Wildlife, Bushcraft, SEN


We offer outstanding outdoor experiences taught through challenge, creativity & curiosity. Experience the creative curriculum through high quality activities, enjoy sole use of our inspiring setting, beautiful accommodation & experienced staff team....

Naturesbase

All UK Regions
History, Romans, SEN


Be an Ancient Roman. Order soldiers into battle, sail a slave powered ship, conquer Britannia and sell them as slaves. Is Julius Caesar getting too big for his boots? Beware the ides of March. Help Emperor Hadrian build a Great Wall in your school. ...

Resourceful Romans

All UK Regions
Science, History, SEN, Prehistory, Greeks, Egyptians, Romans, Saxons, Vikings, Medieval, Tudors, Elizabethans, Industrial, Victorian, worldwar, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Environmental Geography, SEN


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Immersive Experiences

London & South East
History, Romans, Celts, SEN


Our history trips will allow your children to experience Celtic life through our historical narratives, with visits to us having the opportunity to use our onsite celtic settlement. ...

Celts

North
History, Romans, Vikings, Industrial, Victorian, Design Technology


Home to the Romans, Vikings, Anglo-Saxons and generations of scholars. Count the towers and gateways along the city walls, stroll through the Shambles and discover eight hundred years' of stained glass at the towering Minster. This lovely medieval ci...

York City Overnight Trip

London & South East
History, SEN, Romans


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Romans

East Midlands
History, Romans, SEN


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Roman Invaders

Midlands
English, History, Romans, Medieval, Tudors, SEN


Stratford-upon-Avon is the perfect location for an engaging trip for all ages. The birthplace of Shakespeare it offers so much more; quaint Tudor streets, a historic market town centre and the local wildlife of the beautiful River Avon and Canals. ...

Stratford upon Avon

London & South East
History, Prehistory, Romans, Medieval, Tudors, Industrial, Victorian


Fieldwork on the foreshore involves collecting and identifying historical artefacts as evidence of river settlement. Indoor activities will enable children to distinguish between different materials commonly found on the Thames foreshore and using specially designed sorter boards to identify and da...

London History
History Workshops
History Workshops
★★★★★

London & South East, North
History, Prehistory, Greeks, Egyptians, Romans, Saxons, Vikings, Tudors, Victorian, SEN


The Drama Hut brings on-site workshops directly to your school, covering a wide range of curricular topics. Through drama, improvisation and role play let us create a unique learning experience for your school. ...

History Workshops
★★★★★

London & South East
Geography, History, Romans, Medieval, Design Technology


Bring the curriculum to life at Portchester Castle. With 1700 years of history, it covers everything from the Romans, medieval kings right up to the Napoleonic Wars. Follow in their footsteps and explore its exciting and varied history. ...

Portchester Castle

North East
Geography, Human Geography, History, Prehistory, Romans, Medieval, SEN


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Scarborough Castle

North East
History, Romans, Saxons


On the north east coast of England lies the small island of Lindisfarne, or Holy Island. Untouched by the Roman occupation, this spiritual place became an important centre for Celtic Chritianity. An ideal visit for pupils studying Saxons and Vikings!...

Lindisfarne Priory

North
English, Geography, Human Geography, Physical Geography, Science, Physics, History, Ancient Civilisations, Egyptians, Romans, Saxons, Vikings, Medieval, Tudors, Elizabethans, Industrial, Victorian, worldwar, Twentieth Century


A visit to us will bring to life the Royal Navy’s rich history and heritage. A Discovery Visit includes the chance to explore our atmospheric authentically created eighteenth century quayside and the unique opportunity to go on board HMS Trincomale...

National Museum Of The Royal Navy in Hartlepool
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North East
History, Romans, SEN


ROMANS – Visit the most complete example of a Roman fort in Britain to discover what life was life under the rule of the Roman Empire. Explore the site for free with your class, or enhance your learning with an expert-led Discovery Visit workshop: • MEET A ROMAN SOLDIER (KS2-3): meet Roman Vete...

Housesteads Roman Fort

All UK Regions
History, Romans, Geography, SEN


Ancient Rome Workshop, Wow Day & School Visit! An exciting display of historical weapons, replica armour, ancient spices, Roman treasures and lots of other interesting props. Using humour and a huge wealth of knowledge on the subject matter, your Dan Tastic Workshop Facilitator will educate and ente...

Ancient Rome Workshop & Wow Day

Yorkshire
Science, History, Religious Education, Romans, Saxons, Vikings, Medieval, Victorian, worldwar, SEN


York is a fantastic destination for groups of all ages and home to some of the UK's most iconic landmarks. Attractions and visits include the "Diagon Alley-esque" Shambles, York Minster, Jorvik, York Museum Gardens & the National Railway Museum. ...

York

All UK Regions
History, Prehistory, Greeks, Romans, Saxons, Medieval, SEN


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Historical Experiences

Scotland
English, History, Romans, Medieval, Industrial, SEN


Take your students on a school trip to Edinburgh, streets that inspired the wizarding world, enchanting castles and rich history, a hub for creativity and culture and an incredibly unique cityscape pairing traditional elements with a modern twist. ...

Edinburgh

London & South East
Science, History, Geography, Prehistory, Greeks, Egyptians, Romans, Saxons, Vikings, Medieval, Tudors, Industrial, Victorian, worldwar, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Human Geography, Environmental Geography, Fieldstudies, SEN, Twentieth Century


A day trip to the stunning Isle of Wight is only a short ferry crossing away! With only a small stretch of water between you and the island, the Isle of Wight offers a truly unique experience and can be reached in as little as 12 minutes! ...

Geography Galore – Southampton Docks and Solent


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