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Wroxeter Roman City, or Viroconium, to give it its Roman title, lies just a 16 miles from the Hundred House Hotel. Wroxeter (or Viroconium) was the fourth largest city in Roman Britain. it is thought to have been one of the largest Roman cities in the UK with over 200 acres of land, 2 miles of walls and a population of approximately 5,000. Unlike London, Wroxeter was abandonded when the Romans left yet, as the photo above shows, the remains are quite imposing.
Wroxeter 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.
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.