The remains of a Romano-British villa, excavated 1864-65 and known as 'Britain’s oldest country house', and was home to some of the richest people in the country. Set in a beautiful wooded combe, there are fine 4th-century mosaics, two bath houses, underfloor heating, and a temple with spring. The museum houses the smaller finds and there is a modern conservation building over the principle mosaics and rooms. There is also an exhibit concerning the Victorian gamekeeper who discovered the villa in an ordinary field. Telephone for details of special events. Photo credits: main pic - Alex Bush; Children in Roman dress - Barry Batchelor.
Facilities – at a glance
Suitable for all child ages
- Suitable for children of all ages
- Parking onsite
- Facilities: Audio tour
- Accessible toilets
- Opening Times: Open 13 Feb-27 Nov, daily. Please check website for current opening times
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About the area
Gloucestershire is home to a variety of landscapes. The Cotswolds, a region of gentle hills, valleys and gem-like villages, roll through the county. To their west is the Severn Plain, watered by Britain’s longest river, and characterised by orchards and farms marked out by hedgerows that blaze with mayflower in the spring, and beyond the Severn are the Forest of Dean and the Wye Valley.
Throughout the county you are never far away from the past. Neolithic burial chambers are widespread, and so too are the remains of Roman villas, many of which retain the fine mosaic work produced by Cirencester workshops. There are several examples of Saxon building, while in the Stroud valleys abandoned mills and canals are the mark left by the Industrial Revolution. Gloucestershire has always been known for its abbeys, but most of them have disappeared or lie in ruins. However, few counties can equal the churches that remain here. These are many and diverse, from the ‘wool’ churches in Chipping Campden and Northleach, to the cathedral at Gloucester, the abbey church at Tewkesbury or remote St Mary’s, standing alone near Dymock.
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