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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Romà Jiménez (13 months ago)
Hidden villa in a residential area, however no problem to find it because it’s signposted. I visited this one and Brading, congratulations to the staff and thank you for keeping it open for us tourists.
Katherine Brookes (13 months ago)
It was a little difficult to find and there is no carpark. The parts of the villa on display are quite small but there is quite a lot of information available. The education room for the children is very good and kept my daughter occupied for some time. The villa wasn't busy so it was a very comfortable experience. The shop was well stocked and reasonably priced for the most part.
Natasha Holloway (15 months ago)
The lady on the reception was lovely and very helpful. A small place so doesn't take long to walk around but well worth the visit and very interesting with lots of useful information.
Mazin Awad (15 months ago)
It is a small villa, I was told there is a larger one in Brading, it is well hidden between houses, but there is a sign, the staff is friendly, and I liked the experience
Linda Prendergast (2 years ago)
Took my granddaughter for a treat. Although small area the staff provided a quiz sheet which ensured she looked very close to find the clues. She thoroughly enjoyed it and I learned a few things too
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