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Wroxeter Roman City
- Wroxeter Roman City
- Alt Name:
- United Kingdom
- Ancient Rome
- 0AD - 99AD
- Hadrian’s Wall, Corbridge Roman Town,
Richborough Roman Fort, Chester Roman Amphitheatre,
about Wroxeter Roman City
Wroxeter Roman City is an impressive Ancient Roman site in Shropshire. It houses the remains of what was once known as Viroconium, at one time Roman Britain’s fourth largest city. In fact, Viroconium was initially a First Century garrisoned fort which evolved into a city.
Around 5,000 people lived in Viroconium at its peak and those who visit Wroxeter Roman City can learn about their lives through an audio guided tour as well as through the artefacts exhibited in its museum. However, perhaps the most evocative elements of Wroxeter Roman City are its ruins.
From the exercise hall to the bathing complex and walls, visitors can view the buildings in which its population of mostly traders and ex-soldiers lived, worked and were entertained. Most of Viroconium – there were two hundred acres of it in its heyday – still lies unexcavated, but that which can be seen offers a glimpse into what this great city would have looked like.
A fascinating aspect of Wroxeter Roman City is actually its existence at the end of Roman Britain and beyond. Possibly inhabited up to the sixth century, the ruins include sites erected and rebuilt after the Romans had left, yet in typical Roman style. This has led archaeologists to believe that those who lived in Wroxeter Roman City after the Romans had left wanted to carry on living in the same way.
Wroxeter Roman City is an English Heritage site.
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Address: Wroxeter Roman City, Wroxeter, Nr. Shrewsbury, Shropshire SY5 6PH
Phone: 0870 333 1181
Wroxeter Roman City is located five miles east of Shrewsbury along B4380. Take bus 96 (Telford-Shrewsbury) which stops near Telford Central railway station.
Wroxeter Roman City is open daily Mar-Oct, 10am-5pm (to 4pm rest of the year). Closed Mon and Tues in Nov-Dec and Mon, Tues and Wed in Jan-Feb. Closed 24-26 Dec and 1 Jan. Entry costs £4.40 for adults, £2.20 for children, £3.70 with concessions. Family/groups rates available.
Refreshments can be purchased on site and their is a picnic area. Parking available on site.
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