#40 - Take a tour round a 2000 year old Roman Villa
Isle Of Wight
AboutStep back 2000 years to a time when the Romans knew the Isle of Wight as Vectis and built an impressive villa in Brading. The remains of the courtyard Villa were first uncovered by a Victorian farmer who was punching holes for a sheep pen. The site was gradually excavated and is now surrounded by a modern visitor centre with a café, interactive displays and shop.
The original Villa saw a series of renovations and expansions over the centuries and remained in use until around the 5th century. Today it is best known for its intricate mosaics, including a quirky image of a cockerel-headed man who stands alongside two griffins.
The grounds of the Villa also include a Roman garden and meadow trail which are well worth incorporating into your visit.
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|Open (1 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017)|