Brading Roman Villa
Brading Roman Villa is the place to go if you want to receive a brilliant insight into Roman living. The award-winning attraction offers so much to experience, from archaeology to interactive exhibits.
The attraction began when a local farmer uncovered the buried mosaic floor in 1879. By 1880, the entirety of Mr Munns’ Land had been excavated, half of which was the Roman villa.
The public have been able to access the site over the years, however, in 1994 it was given to a charitable trust. The charity transformed the site into a fascinating visitor centre with exhibitions, a café and a shop.
When visiting the Brading Roman Villa, you’ll be able to see the excavated villa with its 12 rooms in all its glory. There are preserved mosaics in five rooms of the house, all depicting Roman goddesses, gods and everyday life.
After viewing the villa, be sure to take a look at the collection of artefacts. There are over 100,000 to discover, including board games, farming equipment and jewelry.
Brading Roman Villa not only showcases the villa’s remains, but it is home to temporary exhibitions. So you can always look forward to seeing something new here.
Once you’ve soaked up the fascinating history at Brading Roman Villa, why not head over to the on-site shop to pick up a unique souvenir?
A welcoming café can also be found on site, where panoramic vistas of Sandown Bay along and a range of delicious cakes can be enjoyed!
Uncover Isle of Wight’s Roman ties at this intriguing attraction…
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