Whilst at its peak, the Roman army was known for being efficient and unstoppable. Wroxeter Roman City is appealing for help in finding some of its errant militia over the Whitsun half term holiday as it hosts a Roman Family Fun Trail!
A collection of small model soldiers will be hidden around the Roman ruins throughout the half-term holiday, and trail participants have to report back to the English Heritage site team with a full register of all the soldiers’ names to exchange for a small prize!
“Children love exploring the ruins, and this trail gives them a perfect excuse to look into every nook and cranny as they search for the lost soldiers,” explains Wroxeter Roman City’s visitor operations manager, Nola Ames.
Visitors over the half term week will also continue to enjoy access to the Roman Town House, built as part of the Channel 4 series “Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day”, which opened earlier this year. The house, which was built by a group of 21st century builders using only materials and techniques that would have been employed by construction workers in the fifth century, provides a superb insight into what life would have been like for Roman settlers in Britain. Designed as though it was the property of a wealthy merchant, visitors to the property can wander around the living space, servants’ room, bedrooms and even the luxurious bathroom, which has been built with a hypercaust underfloor heating system, a copper bath and tiled cold plunge pool!
“The Roman Town House has proved a fantastic draw for leisure visitors and education groups alike, with the site seeing more than double the number of visitors compared to last year,” adds Nola. “For many people, the house adds a degree of perspective to the ruins – suddenly people can see the remains of the walls for what they are – just a fraction of the impressive city of 5000 souls that it was in its heyday!”
Wroxeter Roman City is open daily from 10.00am to 5.00pm. Admission prices are £4.80 for adults, £4.30 for concessions, £2.90 for children and £12.50 for a family ticket (two adults and up to three children). English Heritage members get in free. The site is located in Wroxeter village, five miles east of Shrewsbury on the B4380.
For more information, please contact Wroxeter Roman City on 01743 761330 or visit www.english-heritage.org.uk/wroxeter
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