largest Roman city in Britain, and while most of what was a large city has disappeared, the massive public baths complex has been excavated and we take a very interesting tour around these ruins. Another interesting feature of this site is the reconstruction of a middle class Brit-Roman house of the period, using just the tools and techniques that would have been available at the time (apparently this was the focus of a BBC TV series). Attingham Park also proves to be a great choice – the large stately home is undergoing a significant conservation project on its roof, and while scaffolding is over a large part of the house and some of the interior is closed off, the project is being used as the focus of a well thought out range of exhibits and displays around the details of all this work
. Most of the more impressive rooms of the house are open, as well as the downstairs servants area (which unlike many of these houses, is open to the public and many of the areas are displayed as if they were still in use). And to add to the atmosphere, the guides in each room are dressed in appropriate period costume! The Park also has extensive grounds, including a huge walled kitchen garden which is being restored back to its former glory and productivity – and we are very impressed with the work going on here, as well as some of the interesting plant combinations and structures used in the garden (in fact we spend more time in the garden than we do in the House....) We arrive home to find Jill and Gordon relaxed after their day off, but the day isn't over yet – we have arranged to have a joint dinner over at our neighbours place. We enjoy a great meal with them, and the socialising extends on into the night (for some of us anyway).......
Gordon and Jill decide to have a day off today, so Tina & Chris are on their own. The main destination today is Attingham Park, on the outskirts of Shrewsbury, but we get there by a slightly less direct route, which takes us to the Roman archaeological site at Wroxeter. This was once the site of the 4