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Brading Roman Villa
- Brading Roman Villa
- Alt Name:
- United Kingdom
- Ancient Rome
- 0AD - 99AD
- Fishbourne Roman Palace, Bignor Roman Villa,
about Brading Roman Villa
Brading Roman Villa was part of an Ancient Roman farm on the Isle of Wight and is now an archaeological site and museum.
Thought to have first been constructed in the mid-first century, it is believed that Brading Roman Villa was developed into a stone structure by the middle of the second century. At this time, it would have benefited from a wealth of food and materials including wild boar, sheep, barley and wheat.
In the third century, Brading Roman Villa was severely damaged by fire and subsequently – but slowly - went into decline, partly due to ongoing barbarian raids.
Today, Brading Roman Villa is housed in a purpose built structure, where visitors can see its ruins, including walls rising up to one metre in height. Some of the highlights at the Brading Roman Villa are its mosaics, the largest of which portrays a mixture of religious, nautical and farming imagery and is located in room twelve.
The site of Brading Roman Villa is also dotted with the remains of the ancient farming buildings, which visitors can tour. One of the buildings contains the stone piles of what was an under floor heating system or “hypocaust”.
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Address: Morton Old Road, Brading, Isle of Wight PO36 0EN
Phone: +44 (0)1983 406223
Located approx. 5 miles south of Ryde and 13 miles south of Cowes (both have ferries to/from mainland). Bus 3 travels from Ryde and Sandown to near the site (Devonia stop). Further directions on official site.
Open daily 9:30am-5pm. Last entry 4pm. Closed Christmas. Entry costs £6.50 for adults, £4.95 for seniors, £3 children/students. Free parking.
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