Wroxeter Roman Village in Shropshire
Thanks to a project between English Heritage and Channel 4, a Roman town house has been erected at Wroxeter and is soon to open to the public on Saturday 19 February. A TV series started on Thursday 20 January and will run for six weeks, following a team of modern builders as they set about building the town house using traditional Roman methods.
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.
TOWN HOUSE GUIDED TOURS
• Date: Saturday 19 February - Sunday 20 February
• Date: Saturday 26 February - Sunday 27 February
WROXETER ROMAN CITY
• Time: Tours at 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm each day
• Suitable for: Everyone
Catch a glimpse of domestic Roman life as you embark on a tour of Wroxeter's new Roman Town House. Built as part of Channel 4's series 'Rome Wasn't Built in a Day', the house gives an insight into traditional building methods and for two weekends only, you can be shown around by Wroxeter's very own Romans!
Tours will last approximately 20 minutes.
How To Book Your Tickets
Tickets will be available to purchase at the site on the day.
English Heritage Members Free
Child, 5-15 years £2.20
How To Book Your Accommodation
Best Western Valley Hotel is only 8 miles form the Wroxeter Roman Village
The Best Western Valley Hotel is a 3 star country house hotel, set on the banks of the River Severn in the World Heritage Site of Ironbridge, surrounded by stunning award winning parkland, making it very favourable to both the corporate and leisure guests. This Georgian listed building has 44 individually designed en-suite bedrooms.
Less than 10 minutes walk down river from the hotel is the now World famous Ironbridge itself. This bridge has become a symbol of our bygone Industrial Heritage , the atmosphere of which has been recaptured by the many and varied Ironbridge Gorge Museums Sites. All the museum sites are within easy walking distance, or a short drive away from the hotel. The Valley Hotel pre-dates the famous bridge by a quarter of a century and has historic links with the Darby family.
Please visit the web site www.thevalleyhotel.co.uk
Tel : 01952 432247