At Roman Tours we can bring life to the story of the Roman invasion of Britain and the assimilation of the Britons into the empire nearly 2000 years ago.

Roman Tours have spent the last eighteen years at the forefront of exciting educational initiatives - breathing life into the past and making it accessible to school-age children through an interactive, multi-sensory approach to learning. The vast majority of information that Roman Tours passes on comes directly from the work of archaeologists, who are constantly updating and enriching our ideas and conceptions of the past. Roman Tours have worked in close conjunction with archaeological professionals over the past ten years in their home city of Chester and beyond.

Using a dynamic combination of character acting, demonstrations, Q&A and role play we make the experience exciting and interactive to educate and interest any age group. We provide a curriculum-relevant experience for any level from key stage 2 all the way to AS and teacher training colleges. We are able to tailor sessions to suit your presentation of the topic. We have specially trained soldiers to enable us to provide for the needs of those with disabilities or special needs.

Peace of Mind For You:

  • All our Team hold Enhanced CRBs
  • Everything is risk assessed
  • We carry £5 000 000 Public Liability
  • We follow all DfES guidelines for working in schools
  • All presentations are keyed to the National Curriculum
  • Everything we carry and wear is copied from an actual archaeological find
  • We use character acting, questioning and role play to develop an understanding of the period
  • We have worked with schools and museums for 16 years
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Topics covered:

  • Life of the soldier
  • Impact on British culture
  • Romano British society
  • Medicine
  • Military training and drill
  • Towns, roads, Trade and sanitation
  • Ladies' make up, and lifestyles and luxuries
  • Citizenship
  • Life in the arena

Our visits are always interactive:

  • Dressing pupil in armor
  • Marching and formation practice including the tortoise (testudo), We provide the shields you provide the missiles
  • Full marching pack (impedimenta), which includes the soldier's rations, underwear, fire lighting kit, money, spare clothes, strigil, cooking pots, tools, and a sponge to .... well you will find out
  • Various artefacts including domestic pottery, jewellery, oil lamps, magnifiers, glassware and grinding stones
  • Medical Tools

There are two main ways your school can benefit from our services:

we can visit your school or you can visit us in Chester.


Visiting Your School

The Spiraling cost and associated issues for teachers planning education trips has for some schools made it impossible to visit us in Chester. In response to this we provide a schools outreach programme across the U.K., covering around 27,000 miles each year.

Dressed as a 1st Century Roman Soldier (other character roles available), we engage pupils through curriculum-relevant role play, character acting, questioning and activities, providing a unique and dynamic educational experience around the period of the Roman invasion and settlement of Britain. Our costumes and equipment, are exact copies of real artefacts and equipment found through archaeology investigation, to ensure our representation is as accurate as possible.

We can specially tailor sessions for all schools and also cater for disabilities and special needs.
To compensate for the lack of historical remains, we bring along various replica artifacts such as a full marching pack, which includes the soldier's rations, underwear, fire lighting kit, money, spare clothes, strigil, cooking pots, tools, wine and water, spices etc etc. We also have a second set of armour for students to try, and even ladies' make-up and sponge for his… well you’ll find out!

Outreach sessions are ideal for schools as they are easily tailored to match the teacher’s requirements. They are a fun and unique educational experience for both the pupils and the staff. We provide both full and half day presentations, with one or two Roman soldiers or characters.

For booking a visit to your school, please complete an Enquiry Form or call Tel 01978 761264 mobile 07885 403485 lines open between 08:30hrs and 19:30hrs

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Visiting us at the Grosvenor museum

If you are bringing a school group to Chester (Deva), then there is no better way than to visit us through our partners at the Grosvenor Museum. A visit to the museum’s Roman exhibits and artefacts combined with a Roman soldier patrol is an ideal way to start the topic or reinforce any teaching that has been done already.

We also include worksheets to answer from information drawn from the exhibits themselves and a handling session with one of our education officers.

Groups arriving are met at the museum by a Roman soldier in full and authentic armour and brought to attention in the style of a sergeant major, who welcomes them to 25 years of service in the legion. They are then each given a set of specially made lightweight plastic imitation armour to wear.

Our new recruits are then given an insight into the life of a Roman soldier and the rigours they must endure in the British climate. They swear an oath to the emperor before heading out on patrol to various Roman remains including Chester’s own amphitheatre.

A day at the Grosvenor Museum includes:

  • A Roman soldier patrol and legionary formation training in Chester wearing armour *
  • Time in the museum galleries
  • A free lunch room for schools
  • Museum Work room and artefact handling session
  • A visit to the museum shop.
  • The day starts at 10.30am ends at 2.30pm

For full details and bookings of this service please contact Virginia kettle, Museum Visits Coordinator on 01244 972120. Make sure you leave you name and contact details if you get the answer machine. Virginia is brilliant at getting back to you.

Alternately, Send Virginia and email

*Armour is provided as a courtesy to school groups and is the property of Roman Tours Ltd. Armour is occasionally not available due to repairs or late arrival of groups

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All staff carry full and enhanced CRB checks. Our service is fully risk-assessed and insured

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