Chedworth Roman Villa
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Chedworth is the remains of a large country
house of the Roman period, one of the largest Roman Villas in the country, and was initially discovered in 1864 by accident when
a game keeper of the local estate found fragments of paving and pottery. It is
considered to be one of the largest villas in Britain. Originally it was owned
by Lord Eldon and within the grounds he built a small picturesque building as a
museum to hold the recovered objects. Today it is owned by the National Trust
who continue to preserve and protect it and on a visit you can see:-
This is a 1700 year old stately home, which is
believed to have been first build around 120AD and over the course of nearly
three centuries it evolved into the 4th century mansion that the ruins depict
It is set in a wooded combe, surrounded by
trees, although the main site is open and is a sun trap, so make sure you are
covered when visiting in the summer months. As well as the physical items you
can see many of the areas around the buildings and structures have been left to
grow wild so there is an abundance of wild flowers to photograph, and if
visiting at the end of July beginning of August large numbers of butterflies.
Within the main building as you enter there is
a 18 minute audio visual presentation which tells you about the site, who found
it and what sorts of things they have found. It has been a tourist attraction
since nearly when it was first found due to the fact that the original owners
opened it up in this way to raise capital to continue their excavations and
allow others to marvel at what was being found.
Throughout the year there are also a range of
events put on by Living History groups demonstrating some of the processes of
Roman crafts as well as re-enactments put on by Roman Soldier re-enactment
societies to help give a better understanding of Roman life. Be aware if you
visit on one of these event days it will be busier and the roads leading to
Chedworth, once you leave the main A429 road, are mainly single track with
passing places, and the drive leading to the villa is two cars wide, but they do
allow parking along it so can be tricky getting out again.
|Roman Snails -
larger than the average. Believed to have been brought in by the Romans
who liked to eat them, they were fed on a diet of milk to fatten them up
and so they couldn't get back in their shells. The Romans would then
cook and eat them as a delicacy. They can still be found in the area so
keep a look out.
Roman Snail by
This picture taken at Westcott nr Dorking
Roman Snail taken at Chedworth
There are audio tour wands available and a
different ones for Adults and Children, that explain the story of the villa and
tell you about the 12 main focal points of the villa.
Chedworth Roman Villa, Chedworth nr
From the A429 3 miles NW of Fossebridge follow
the road to Yanworth and beyond. There are brown tourist signs in places,
some times just normal white road signs with the villa marked on them.
Ramped access to main entrance building.
Terrain inside is a large number of steps, slopes, grass, undulating
Free parking near the entrance and on busy
days an overflow car park 250 yards further down the lane.
small shop selling Roman related books, maps,
sweets, drinks etc. Picnics are allowed in the grounds
Things To Do,
See and Photograph:
mosaic floors, remains of hypocast and
What to take:
wild flowers, butterflies at right time of
year, Roman Snails! There are several walks in the nearby woods - ask at
reception for details
Chedworth Roman Villa
Open Tuesday-Sunday and BH Monday's
13-27 Mar 10am-4pm; 28 Mar-31 Oct 10am-5pm;
2-14 Nov 10am-4pm
Adult: £5.70; Child £3.35; Family £16.30
National Trust Members: Free
Special Needs Access:
Wheelchair access is difficult in some areas
as there are quite a few steps as well as slopes, grass, undulating terrain.
Ramped access to entrance building. Poor wheelchair access to main features,
steps to all mosaics and museum.
Special Needs Facilities:
Disabled toilet in the main entrance building.
Disabled parking near entrance plus drop off point.
Baby changing facilities, pushchairs and back
packs are allowed, children guides and family trails and during school
holidays activities are provided for children.
No dogs allowed except assistance dogs
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