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Roman history

Roman Alcester Museum

Just 7 miles (11 km) from Stratford-upon-Avon, Alcester is in an area peppered with delightful villages such as Wixford, Ardens Grafton, Arrow, Kings Coughton and Wilmcote, home to Mary Arden’s Farm.

Alcester has an impressive Roman past, revealed at the Roman Alcester Heritage Centre. The town of Alcester in the Arrow Valley was established around 47AD around a fort on the Icknield Street Roman road from the North East to the South West of England. Alcester was also on the Roman 'salt route' from Droitwich which would have added to its importance.

Heritage Centre

The Heritage Centre (this entry’s map location) has a fabulous display of artefacts discovered in the area and profiles the past to bring it alive with timelines, maps, evidence of a thriving Roman Market town complete with workshops and temples. You can even see what the Romans had to eat.

Heritage trail

The Alcester streetscape has a Tudor footprint – follow the heritage trail to see historic buildings and pubs like the Turks Head. The church clock is one of only a few clocks in England to be placed on the corner of the parish church. Why? Easy - it's so it can be seen clearly from the High Street. Pick up trail details at the Heritage Centre..

Around Alcester

Coughton Court and Ragley Hall are two of the historic properties to visit in the area and Hillers Farm Shop is the place for coffee, lunch or tea and supplies from the farm shop and deli.

Stratford & Around

Ancient, Roman, Saxon

Text © Alison Plummer

Image by Alison Plummer