Roman Ruins with a Roamin’ Gnome

My cousins came to visit this week for a few days which always means adventures! Not only did they bring my lovely bunny girlfriend…

…but a new friend came with them – Merlin the gnome!! Merlin is one of a group of adventurous gnomes who are travelling to raise awareness and funds for Action Dementia at Alzheimer’s Scotland. Here he is in front of the world famous Ironbridge just down the road from our house.

Merlin at the famous Ironbridge

Merlin is very interested in history so we decided to go and visit Wroxeter Roman City. Wroxeter is not too far from where we live on the way to Shrewsbury.

The Roman City of Viriconium was the 4th largest city in Roman Britain, and was almost as large as Pompeii!

Today the site is looked after by English Heritage and you can visit the remains of the bath house; including The Old Work which at 7m tall is the largest piece of free-standing Roman wall in the UK.

Can you spot me on The Old Work?
A view of the bath house
Practising reclining like a Roman
Roman Explorers

Then we visited the Roman town house which is a reconstruction of a town house which once stood in Viriconium. It was built in 2010 using only materials and tools that the Romans would have used.

A view of the Roman Town House
Spot the Bear

After our visit we went to the English Heritage shop where they had lots of fun history related gifts and toys, and some yummy English Heritage drinks and preserves.

I wanted to buy this special Marmalade Vodka for Paddington – but Mummy didn’t think it was a good idea!

We really enjoyed our visit to Wroxeter Roman City; we learnt lots about the Romans and it was very gnome and bear-friendly. You can read more about it here:

English Heritage Wroxeter Roman City

And you can read more about Merlin and the other gnomes and their fundraising mission (including how to donate – which would be lovely if you are able to) on their Facebook page here….

Adventure Before Dementia

1 thought on “Roman Ruins with a Roamin’ Gnome

  1. Perfect! I don’t think you’re far from where we live, either. Perhaps a tweetup before you head to the the Land of my Ancestors in the North?

    Like the Egyptian buildings, the fact that Roman structures are still around today is testament to how well their building techniques worked.

    Glad you enjoyed looking at them!


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