Monday, August 06, 2012

Wroxeter Roman City

Where is it? Wroxeter, on the B4380 five miles east of Shrewsbury, SY5 6PH.

What is it? Rediscovered in 1859 when workmen began excavating the baths complex, Wroxeter is the remains of the fourth largest city in Roman Britain, and today, visitors can wander around the ruins of this once great fortress and civilian city. Outstanding features include the remains of the 2nd century municipal baths, and the Roman Town House, a recreation of a Roman merchant's house, which gives the whole site a sense of scale. You'll be meeting a 'TV star too' – the Roman Town House was built by modern building trade workers for the Channel 4 series Rome Wasn't Built in a Day, using traditional methods and materials.

How much is it? Admission prices are £5 for adults, £4.40 for concessions and £3 for children. A family ticket (two adults and up to three children) is £13, and English Heritage members get in free.

What is there to do? Become a Roman for the day and step in the footsteps of the people who properly knew how to build stuff.