Wroxeter Roman City is a visitor attraction displaying urban living in Roman Britain. With remains including a bathhouse and a garrison, it’s a large site for a fun-packed day out. Audio guides are available as you visit the newly constructed Roman town house (see Channel 4’s Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day) in a city which was nearly as large as Pompeii. Owned by English Heritage, Wroxeter Roman City is one of Britains oldest archaeological visitor attraction and remains one of its most popular.
Wroxeter was originally founded as a fort by the romans who needed a base from which to supress the Celts and the druids of Inis Mon, The civilian settlement grew over time around the fort, which was then decommissioned and an army garrison built. The city began to fall into disrepair in AD530 and abandoned peacefully in the 7th century.
Although much remains under the sod, there are a number of fascinating exhibits, and ruins.
Once the fourth largest city in Roman Britain, visitors to Wroxeter today can take a tour around the fascinating ruins, and explore the new Roman Town House, constructed as part of Channel 4’s ‘Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day’.
Visitors to the site today can also explore the new Roman Town House, which gives a fascinating insight into Roman life. Constructed as part of Channel 4’s TV series ‘Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day’, the programme followed six modern builders as they constructed the ‘villa urbana’ using only traditional Roman methods.
The site museum and audio tour reveal how Wroxeter worked in its heyday, and the health and beauty practices of its 5000 citizens. Dramatic archaeological discoveries provide a glimpse of the last years of the Roman city, and its possible conversion into the headquarters of a 5th Century British or Irish Warlord.