The Legions of Rome return to invade the ancient city of York this summer for the annual Eboracum Roman Festival.

Eboracum Roman Festival 2019

The Legions of Rome return to invade the ancient city of York this summer for the annual Eboracum Roman Festival.

From 31 May – 2 June, Roman Eboracum comes to life in the beautiful York Museum Gardens with a Roman Living History camp, Kids Army, demonstrations and activities for all ages.

Visit the Yorkshire Museum to discover York’s Roman history through some of Britain’s greatest Roman treasures:

  • walk on a genuine Roman mosaic floor
  • see the statue of Mars – the finest example of a Roman statue ever found in Britain
  • marvel at the marble head of Constantine
  • stand at the tombstone of Lucius Duccius Rufinus, Standard Bearer of the Ninth Legion

Special family-friendly activities will take place throughout the museum; see if you measure up for the Roman Army, make mini catapults and more!

On Saturday and Sunday, don’t miss the Roman Parades as the Roman Emperor, six Roman Legions and Roman civilians march through the iconic streets of York.

Activities in the Museum Gardens and the Roman Parades are free. Museum admission applies to activities in the Yorkshire Museum.

 

Events Programme

Click here to download the Roman Festival events programme.

Please see below for information about our bookable events.

Romans in the North

Friday 31 May, 10am – 4.30pm

Explore recent archaeological fieldwork, research and community projects at this one day symposium which brings together a range of speakers from York – and beyond. Find out more.

Eboracum Tour: York’s Roman Fortress – Kurt Hunter Mann

Friday 31 May, 6-7.30pm

The original Eboracum fortress, built more than 1,900 years ago, established the centre of York and a pattern of streets that still exist today. Find out more.

Eboracum Tour: Roman Graveyards in York – John Oxley

Saturday 1 June, 6-7.30pm

Back by popular demand, discover how and where the Romans buried their dead in, or rather outside, Roman York. Find out more.