"Home to not one but SEVEN Roman Villas, of which three can be visited today, the Isle of Wight is the perfect destination for those studying the 400-year occupation. "
Situated overlooking Sandown Bay, Brading Roman Villa is one of the finest Roman sites in the whole UK. An award-winning visitor centre and museum offer unique insights into Roman life in Britain, from beautifully preserved mosaic floors to an extensive collection of Roman archaeology.
Expert child-friendly guides bring fun to the visitor experience, and a craft session at the end making a mosaic coaster to take away rounds off a perfect day out.
Newport Roman Villa was discovered in 1926 when garage foundations were being laid by a nearby homeowner. The site is now preserved and covered, yet sits in the middle of a 19th/20th century residential area. The main features include a well preserved Roman bath suite complete with underfloor heating (hypocaust).
Combley Roman Villa is a farmstead buried until 1910 when it was initially excavated, and then reburied to protect it. However, the ground above is marked out to show the extent of the buildings. A nearby interpretation barn contains video and pictorial footage along with a number of other exhibits from the site. Access to Combley Roman Villa is via paid entry to Robin Hill Country Park.
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