Wroxeter (or 'Viroconium') was the fourth largest city in Roman Britain. It began as a legionary fortress and later developed into a thriving civilian city. Though much still remains below ground, today the most impressive features are the 2nd century municipal baths, and the remains of the huge wall dividing them from the exercise hall in the heart of the city.
The site museum and audio tour reveal how Wroxeter worked in its heyday, and the health and beauty practices of its 5,000 citizens.
In February 1859 workmen began excavating the baths complex, and by April much of the present site was exposed and thronged with fascinated visitors, including Charles Dickens. Donated by the landowner for public viewing, Wroxeter thus became one of the first archaeological visitor attractions in Britain.
Thanks to a project between English Heritage and Channel 4, a Roman town house has been erected at Wroxeter. The TV series followed a team of modern builders as they set about building the town house using traditional Roman methods.
Roman Cookery Workshop
Wed 18 Mar 2015
Get hands-on with our exclusive Roman cookery workshop. Find out more about authentic cooking techniques, ingredients and recipes of the times and help to create your own Roman dishes!
Make a Mosaic
Thu 19 Mar 2015
Join our expert for an exclusive workshop exploring the mosaic techniques used at Wroxeter Roman City. Learn more about the colours and materials used and have a go at creating your own Roman artwork.
Sun 03 - Mon 04 May 2015
See ancient Viroconium roar back into life! Re-live Wroxeter’s Roman heyday as a troop of courageous Gladiators come to town to show you what entertained an empire. Budding young centurions can hone their skills in a series of drills and games.
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Wroxeter Roman City, Wroxeter, near Shrewsbury, Shropshire - SY5 6PH
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