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.
Sat 26 & Sun 27 Jul 2014
Join our experts to learn about and explore artefacts from Wroxeter.
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Wroxeter Roman City, Wroxeter, near Shrewsbury, Shropshire - SY5 6PH
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