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“Pleasant stroll but not much there”

Aldborough Roman Site
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: For an interesting day out visit Aldborough Roman site, Isurium Brigantum. Thought to be among the northern most urban centres in the Roman Empire. Aldborough was the ‘capital’ of the Romanised Brigantes, the largest tribe in Britain. One corner of these Yorkshire defences is laid out amid a Victorian arboretum, and two mosaic pavements can be viewed in their original positions. The site’s fascinating museum has an outstanding collection of Roman finds. Don't miss the on-site museum and uncover 1,800 years of history, the two fantastic Roman mosaics, Roman and post Roman archaeological finds and a section of the original town wall. Join the local friends group 'Friends of Roman Aldborough' on the first Sunday of every month for a free tour at 11am and 2pm, subject to site admission. The site open weekends 10am - 6pm April to October and weekends 10am - 5pm October to 4th November, the site is also open on Bank holidays during the summer months. November to April Closed.
Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

This is one for the buffs I feel

I live not far from the site so thought I should finally visit

It was a drizzly day but the walk around the grounds was pleasant. Calming. Indeed it is mostly grounds and walking

There's a small but interesting display of Roman artefacts in the entrance shop. And the chap was super friendly

There's not much in terms of walks and remains although you can see formations thru the grass

A long walk leads you to the 2 Roman mosaic floors - which are worth seeing and are beautifully preserved

Can't help thinking that excavating the nearby discovered amphitheatre would increase value of the site 1000 percent

Nicely done, but a limited offer.

Thank Martin B
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Reviewed 1 April 2018

I visited the site with my son age 9. The staff were wonderfully helpful and informative and even dressed my son in Roman armour. The site guidebook is a must (there's no signage on the site) and gives a fascinating insight into the layout and significance of the site.

Thank Sarah C
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Reviewed 11 September 2017

We were spending just one night in Boroughbridge and I had hoped to visit the Roman site. I was very disappointed to read it is only open at weekends.

It is important to note that there is no parking at the site and one is obliged to park in the village - nearly a mile away!

1  Thank Pengor
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Reviewed 21 August 2017

As befitting a Town, the site is large and well maintained. However, it lacks explanatory display boards so, in some circumstances, it is not obvious what you are looking at. The solution is to buy the Guide Book which contains a Site Map and a helpful text and illustrations.

Not to be missed are the 2 buildings housing the two 2nd/3rd century Mosaics. There is a third Helicon Mosaic, part of which is in the very informative small Museum at the entrance to the site.

1  Thank MedEngland
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Reviewed 16 July 2017

I had booked on an organised trip to the site which included a guided tour by the Friends of Roman Aldborough(FORA). It is a partly English Heritage and partly on private land. Normally the Friends do tours once a month on a Sunday afternoon and even though the site is worth visiting anytime the added information given on the tour was both fascinating and valuable in making sense of the remains and the layout of the site. The two lady guides were both knowledgeable and enthusiastic about their village and its Roman past! Not only is there an on site museum housing Roman artefacts found around the village but there are 2 mosaics which have been kept in situ and protected by small buildings which are a must see. This site is well worth a visit,as is the rest of the village and it's church and, if you have time, a trip into Boroughbridge A very enjoyable day out.

Thank Pam J
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