Region: South East Greater London East of England East Midlands West Midlands Yorkshire North West North East Wales

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: School Workshops

Address: 20 Bryn Yorkin,, Caergwrlw,, Wrexham LL12

Contact: 01978 761264



Roman Tours Ltd illustrate the story of the Roman invasion of Britain and the assimilation of the British tribes into the empire nearly 2,000 years ago. We do this using a combination of character acting, role play, questioning and demonstration that is interactive, informative and entertaining to all ages.

We provide a service to primary and secondary education that is a curriculum-relevant experience. We also conduct specially tailored sessions for schools catering for disabilities and special needs.  

We have developed this service in line with the curriculum and are available throughout the U.K.


Why is this outreach service great for educational needs?

Many schools today find that a Roman visiting their school can be a very affordable way to add first hand experience to the Roman topic, be it at primary or secondary education level.

We visit schools, dressed in full replica armour and equipment. All our equipment is an exact copy of what has been found through archaeology investigation. We engage pupils through curriculum-relevant role play, character acting, questioning and activities, providing a unique educational experience around the life of the soldier, impact on British culture, Roman society, medicine, military training and drill, towns, roads, sanitation, ladies and make up, and lifestyles.

Whether you visit us at one of our venues (Chester Grosvenor Museum, Museum of Science and Industry manchester) or we visit your school, your students will receive an unforgettable experience of Roman times. 

We have been presenting Roman history for 11 years and our service is available to your school regardless of its location.  We even work with MOD schools in Germany.  If you have a special needs/disabilities we will tailor a package with our suitably trained staff.


What does a typical school trip or educational visit include?

A standard visit to a 2 form entry school would see us presenting to one form A.M and one form P.M.  Whilst we are working with one form we bring oil lamp moulds, wheat grinder, brass rubbings and a child sized suit of armour for each student to have picture in as a memory for the visit.  These activities are supervised by the class teacher and T.A’s.

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.

We have a considerable amount of information that can be put over in a visit, so the longer our sessions with each class the better. Each visit is individually tailored to suit the teacher's planning on the subject.

Our visits are always interactive i.e. dressing pupil in armor, marching and formation practice including the tortoise (testudo), a formation that needs testing by the teachers throwing our (Safe) missiles and paper balls. this illustrates how effective teamwork can be and why it was so important to life in the Roman army.

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.

Here are further details to download.


A Roman Soldier will be at your School looking for new recruits. During this visit, the Soldier will arrive, as he did nearly 2,000 years ago, wearing his full armour and carrying his marching pack (impedimenta)as he and his legion did when they invaded Britain in 43 A.D.:

What the Soldier Talks about:.

Where he came from and why he joined the army.

What he had to learn to be a soldier.

What was all his equipment for and why he couldn’t shop at Tesco. (handling session withartifacts).

Why they wanted to conquer Britain.

How the Romans defeated the Britons and squashed the rebellions of Boudicca.

The Benefits of becoming a citizen.

Living in a new Roman Town, going to the baths,shopping, watching the games, having central heating...etc.

Life as a captured Briton, sold as a slave. Better or worse? You decide.
Could you be a soldier...?

Who will volunteer to join the army and get dressed in a real set of Roman Armour ?

Can they work together as a team like Roman soldiers as they are trained with shields and formation marching.

Can they perform the Testutoid (tortoise)formation under fire? (from the teachers).
Who’s got the best question....?





Cost for Full day.

Peace of Mind For You:

• All our Team hold Enhanced CRB’s

• Everything is Risk assessed

• We carry £5,000,000.00 Public Liability

• We follow all Dfes Guide lines for working in Schools

• All Presentations are keyed to the National Curriculum.

• Everything we carry and wear is copied from an actual find.

• We use Character acting, questioning and role play to develop and understanding of the period.

• We have worked with schools and Museums for 10 years. 


What size groups do they cater for?

A full day is often sufficient for most schools, though we also provide in some cases 2  and 3 day visits for the larger schools. 

The group size really depends on the students ability to work in larger groups.  Our preference is to keep group sizes to one class (25 to 35) this allows for the students to handle artifacts etc. 


What can they provide you with to support your school trip or educational visit?

Teachers pre visit packs are provided by the Grosvenor Museum for visits to us at Chester.

For our outreach to schools we provide an outline of a typical visit via email or mail.  This allows the teacher to consider where they may like to tailor a visit.  We also supply a PDF of the contents of a typical Soldiers marching pack.

We can also offer the students an opportunity to help make their own replica Roman coin.  This is often done after school with parents giving them an experience of the Roman soldier that has been at the school.  (The students need to bring £1 for this service)


Can you take photos, video or audio? Are there any copyright restrictions?

We are content with schools taking pictures and pieces of video during our presentations.  We do not apply any restrictions other than we we require a credit to “Roman Tours Ltd” if they are to be used outside of the school or on a web site etc.  Restrictions only apply to commercial usage.


How do you arrange a risk assessment?

For visits to Chester we have a generic risk assessment for our service and the Museum also provides guide lines for teachers to prepare there own risk assessments.  All our activities and equipment is risk assessed.


What are the contact details for their education officer?

For visit to Chester the contact is Lorna Kernahan and Kate Harland Tel 01244 402017

For our outreach to your school speak to Paul or Charlene Harston Tel 01978 761264 or 07885 403485.


What does it cost?

Cost of a visit to your school/venue are calculated on distance and number of students.  We do offer discounts for new customers and small schools.

Visits to Chester and Manchester are fixed price packages please refer to these site’s for information.


Is specific clothing required?

Wet weather clothing is advised when visiting us at Chester or Manchester.  For visits to you the whole session can be provided indoors.


Do you have first aid on site?

Though we hold pediatric first aid certification the preference is always that this is handled by the school as a familiar attendance reduces shock and anxiety.  Educational policy does require a school to provide suitable cover. 


What facilities do they have for school trips and educational visits?

Both of our sites at Manchester and Chester provide a lunch and shop facilities for packed lunches.  They also provide pre-bookable goodie bags at a set price.  During outreach this is not applicable.  Though we can provide a coin striking facility when required in schools.


Are there disabled facilities?

All our venues provide for disabilities and special needs.  We are able to offer our service to all types of special needs and disabilities across the U.K.  We will specifically tailor session to enhance sensory perception through , sound, touch, smell and taste and experience with our specially trained staff.


Where geographically will you visit?

All over the UK.

Age of Children / Pupils: 5 – 7 years 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University

Type of Visit: City Tours Historical Heritage SEN

Curriculum Topics Covered: History

Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December

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