Newport Roman Villa was a Romano-British farmhouse constructed in 280 AD. It is located near to Newport, Isle of Wight.

Newport Roman Villa was constructed with local stone including flint, chalk, limestone and greensand with the walls remaining almost at their original height. The building was roofed with massive slabs of Bembridge limestone which needed large roof timbers to support them. Many of these roof slabs had a distinctive shape, pierced with a single hole to take a nail, were found on the site. It is likely the building was the centre of a wealthy estate.

The discovery of fragments of window glass on the site shows that the building had some glazed windows, and remains of painted wall plaster during excavation show that at least some of the rooms had brightly coloured interior walls.

It features a well-preserved Roman bath suite with hypocaust underfloor heating. The furnace for heating the bath suite was outside the back wall of the villa at the end of the bath wing, and a slave would have been responsible for providing it with fuel. The hot air from the furnace passed through an arch at the base of the villa's back wall and circulated under the raised floors of the three rooms.

It remains unknown when life at the villa ended. During excavation, the skull of a woman in her early thirties was found in the corner of one of the rooms. It has been suggested that she was killed during a raid in an abandoned building. However it is also viewed that the abandonment of the island's villas by the middle of the fourth century could be due to economic hardship rather than the threat of attacks by Anglo-saxon raiders.

The villa has since been reconstructed based on archaeological evidence featuring a Roman kitchen and Roman garden. It is now open to the public usually from around April to October.



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Founded: 280 AD
Category: Prehistoric and archaeological sites in United Kingdom

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Safora Kz (21 days ago)
Visited here on our way to Carisbrooke Castle and I definitely recommend it. I don't know how busy it gets during peak season but when we went it was pretty much empty so we literally had the place to explore to ourselves.
Deniz Newman (29 days ago)
Lovely little museum built over an excavation site with mosaics inc. Roman bath. Within walking distance of Newport centre on the Isle of Wight. No parking on site. Fun little activity sheets for children to spot specific things around the site. Has an activity room where they sometimes have clay or peg puppets that children can make. 2-3 Picnic benches outside in the small garden. And toilet facilities, though I have not been in to check the cleanliness. Has a small gift shop on the way out. No cafè. Realistically maximum time needed to spend in there is about 30-45 minutes, that is if you have no children taking part in the extra activities.
Melanie Pickering (35 days ago)
Well worth a visit to this attraction. For a small site, there's quite a lot to see. It doesn't, however, take too long to go round. I was there about 45 minutes I think, although I was on my own which always makes things quicker.
Paul Hallgarth (7 months ago)
This fascinating place is situated on the outskirts of Newport, Isle of Wight. The remains offer a most interesting insight into Roman history and are in a remarkable state of preservation. Some of the floors still contain remnants of mosaics and there are well written labels giving interesting information about each section of the villa.
Leif Marriner (14 months ago)
Went to an activity day, had lots of fun. Check on opening dates and times. Just a short walk from the bus station. Very compact but very interesting.
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