As soon as we hopped off the train, we could instantly see the ruins. There is a small museum, which is where we started. All of the signs said that the ruins weren't open to the public during the Winter months (we were there at the end of February), so we had accepted that we might have to settle for photos of the ruins through the chain link fence. We paid the entrance fee of 1,600 HUF (approx. $7 CAD), and we toured the museum, which to be honest, I think you can skip, unless you're really into Roman history. Dylan is a Classics major, so he of course loved the museum. The museum was quite small, and the attendants kept a very close eye on you the entire time. Once we made our way through the museum, we were ready to make the trek back to the city centre. Dylan decided to take a chance and ask if we could possibly walk over to the ruins. The attendant smiled and waived us over, so of course we jumped at the chance to explore before she changed her mind!
The site is fairly large, especially when you think about how the Romans were able to build these structures almost 2000 years ago! We spent almost two hours walking through the ruins, and Dylan was having the time of his life. He had studied the life of the Romans for so many years, so he found it really fulfilling to be able to walk through the ruins, and immerse himself in the life that the Romans would have led. There were communal baths, shops, courtyards, communal meeting areas, etc. There were only two other people walking through the site when we were there, so it was a very peaceful experience.
If you're travelling with children, there's also a Roman-inspired park, which is very bright and colourful. At first, this was a bit odd to see on an ancient site, but I think it's a great way to attract children, and get them interested in history.
If you're in Budapest, I would highly suggest dedicating some time to explore Aquincum, especially if you're a history buff! This is something that of course you could never find here at home in Canada, it's really amazing how much history can be found in Europe.
Have you had the chance to explore Roman Ruins before? If so, I'd love to hear about where you were and how your experience compare my mine at Aquincum!