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 and is now open to the public. A TV series started on Thursday 20 January and will run for six weeks, following a team of modern builders as they set about building the town house using traditional Roman methods.
Roman Cookery Workshop
Wed 26 Feb 2014
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!
Painting the Townhouse
Thu 27 Feb 2014
Join our expert for an exclusive workshop exploring the painting techniques used in Wroxeter Roman Townhouse. Learn more about the colours and materials used and have a go at creating your own Roman artwork.
Wed 19 Mar 2014
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Wroxeter Roman City, Wroxeter, near Shrewsbury, Shropshire - SY5 6PH
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