Roman Retreats with Priory Rentals - Discover our heritage in a Motorhome

With British history being the main reason for British tourism, priory rentals has brought you a small guide to some of the most interesting locations in the UK to visit in a motorhome. These vary from roman battle locations all the way to original 2nd century cities, all of which hold massive amounts of information for you to be able to take in on your motorhome retreat.

Hadrian’s Wall

Emperor Hadrian constructed Hadrian’s Wall in 122 AD to reinforce the retreat of his legions and help defend the British realm against the strength of the Scottish armies to the North. The wall is the northern border of the roman domain in the UK at the time and ran from Solway Firth all the way to the River Tyne. The wall had a garrison of military every mile along with a fortress of cavalry and an aggressive force, which were on dispatch every five miles. This allowed them to be able to heavily suppress the Scots to the north and halt any form of aggression against the wall; although the defences were rarely placed into action due to the simple sheer amount of defence working as a deterrent against the northern forces.

The wall still to this day remains in the same position; the sheer size of the wall has dropped dramatically with surrounding farmers and other civilians stealing parts to construct buildings. However, it is still an impressive structure to marvel and it still gives you an idea of the colossal size of the defensive structure and the high amount of defensive garrisoned posts there were.

The wall is easily accessible from both our Cheshire and Lancashire branch simply due to its sheer size meaning all you have to do is head north until you come across it.

The City Of Chester

The city of Chester was once a heavily fortified roman citadel that was set to be the capital city of Roman Britain and was 20% larger than any other citadel in Britain. The citadel its self was constructed as the foothold of the Welsh conquest and in turn allowed the Romans to be able to run their invasion forces along the flat north welsh coast without having to combat the rigid welsh mountains. The fort was abandoned in 5th century during the roman retreat of Britain, although many veterans and a few city guards stayed behind to operate the fort and protect their families in case there was future reoccupation.

Due to the sheer size of the roman city, it has a wide range of attractions and the most famous within the city is the city walls. The wall its self has been used by just about every ruler ever since and has been restored in some way by every governor the town has seen in the last 1000 years.  The various extensions and additions to the wall have saw extra watch towers, gates and even part of the wall removed on the river front to open a dockyard and quarry access to the roman sandstone quarry in Handbridge. Well worth a visit if you want to be able to take a look at the defensive nature of the roman army and the following armies on the separate areas of the wall itself.

There is then the Chester Amphitheatre, which is the largest roman amphitheatre in Britain and was once capable of seating between 8,000 to 10,000. The theatre now sits on the corner of Grosvenor Park, just outside of the city walls. With regular re-enactments and other shows on that boast the sheer prestige of roman Chester, the amphitheatre is a significant location within the heart of Chester.

The best thing about Chester is the proximity to our Cheshire motorhome collection office; it is only a simple 20-minute drive, which means that if you are coming from abroad using our transfer service you can easily access the city.

The City Of York

York was proclaimed the capital of the north during the conquest of Britain and if the Scottish campaign were to be successful, the city would have been given capital city status for Scotland and governor control over everything northward. The city its self was once home to the tribe of the Brigantes which were a client state to the Roman Empire. However, after heavy suppression and extortion of the tribe they began to revolt and soon became hostile and a nuisance. This resulted in all out roman invasion and the colonization of their homeland with the Fortress of York in 71AD. The fortress was originally wooden and held 6,000 troops within its walls. However, it was rebuilt in stone once the local tribes were suppressed.

This rich history of the evolution of this city and the surrounding tribes during the roman invasion of England has left many landmarks such as huge walls, old roman baths and even the fortresses remain within the city making it an amazing location to visit in the heart of Yorkshire.

If you are considering coming to the UK to explore our roman past then these sites are well worth visiting. Why not hire a motorhome with priory rentals and make use of our transfer’s service along with an easy location to collect your motorhome and quickly reach all of these sites.