Wroxeter Roman City - English Heritage

Wroxeter Roman City - English Heritage
Wroxeter
Nr Shrewsbury
Shropshire
SY5 6PH
England

Website

www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/wroxeter-roman-city/

Telephone

01743 761330

Fax

01604 730321

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An exterior view of Wroxeter Roman City
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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, populated by retired soldiers and traders. 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.

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.

Venue Type:

Heritage site, Museum, Archaeological site

Opening hours

1 Apr-1 Nov, 10am-5pm daily / 2 Nov-28 Feb 10am-4pm Wed-Sun / 1-31 Mar 10am-5pm daily / Closed 24-26 Dec and 1 Jan

Admission charges

4.80/4.30/2.90/12.50

Discounts

  • English Heritage

Collection details

Archaeology, Archives

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

A Roman Experience Discovery Visit

Enjoy a whole day of activities. Discover how archaeologists investigate. Take an interactive tour of Wroxeter Roman City and learn about the buildings and the people who lived there using artefacts and costume.
Duration: Full day
Key Stage: 2, History

How to obtain

Call 0121 625 6864 to book this full day session, available every weekday during term time. Price £60 per group of up to 30 pupils until April 2009, £75 per group after April 2009. Visit http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/server/show/nav.19512 for more information.

Meet a Roman Soldier Discovery Visit

Explore Roman military life and discover how the building of Hadrian's Wall affected the local population in a remarkably different way. Meet Roman officer Centurion Maximus and discover what life was like on the frontier. Take on the role of a recruit and be taken through duties using drama and role play. Recruits will tour both the fort and the remains of the settlement outside the fort gates, using artefacts and replicas of artefacts found near Hadrian's Wall to find out about the lives of civilians who made their living trading with the fort, as well as the lives of soldiers.
Duration: Full day
Key Stage: 2, History

How to obtain

Please phone 0121 625 6864 to book this full day session, available every weekday during term time. Price £60 per group of up to 30 pupils until April 2009, £75 per group after April 2009. Visit http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/server/show/nav.19512 for more information.

Wroxeter Roman City Teacher's Kit (English Heritage)

http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/upload/pdf/Wroxeter_TK.pdf

A downloadable photocopiable teaching resource sheet for use in the classroom. The teacher's kit is essential for pre-, during and post-site visit work and includes: site history, site plans & tour, documentary sources, activities, photos & reconstruction artwork, details of how to visit and supporting resources information.

Creator

  • English Heritage Education

How to obtain

Please click on the link to download.

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