Brading Roman Villa
Brading Roman Villa
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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anastasiafromanaheim
Anaheim, CA8 contributions
Friends
This was my first “proper” Roman ruin and I enjoyed visiting. The interior had good informative panels, plenty examples of artifacts, and well-made reconstructions of the mosaic art and villa itself. Also had a friendly guide to explain things and answer questions!

Saw a few interactive things which I assume were set up for any visiting kids— didn’t see anyone using them during my visit.

My favorite part was the Victorian archaeologists’ artifacts preserved alongside the ancient Roman ones!

The attached cafe had delicious tea and cake, and friendly staff. Also a cute shop with some decent souvenirs, and a clean public restroom.

It started raining when I went outside to the garden part, so I unfortunately didn’t get to see much, but it was also full of informative panels and interesting things to look at. The gardens are free to look at, and the cafe can be entered without paying the entrance fee.

Speaking of: the entrance fee was perhaps a little high, since it IS a small museum which you can complete in about an hour, but I do think it’s worth going to at least once.
Written May 13, 2022
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N H
Newton Le Willows, UK3,347 contributions
Couples
Beautifully preserved Roman mosaics are the highlight of the villa. There are good, interesting interpretation boards around the villas remains both inside the museum and outside, and reconstructions of what the villa would have looked like during different centuries.
There are good games for children to play and interact with.
Admission is £9.50 for adults and it takes about 1 - 2 hours in total.
Written September 9, 2021
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SamanthaHazell
Windsor, UK73 contributions
We paid a visit to Brading Roman Villa. If your into historical things, this is a place to visit. When you first enter, there is a walkway which is above the villa, so you can look down at it as you walk around it. There is a guide who talks about the history of it & you can ask them questions. They have a cafe & a souvenir shop. Worth a visit.
Written July 10, 2022
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Denise N
30 contributions
Family
We visited today as a family on holiday with one well behaved dog. There is plenty of room in the museum and could have accommodated well behaved dogs but no dogs are allowed. You should state that this is not a dog friendly site.

It’s a shame we couldn’t enjoy as a family as one of us had to stay outside with our dog.

As far as Roman sights go we felt it was over priced for what is there.

The coffee shop also doesn’t accept dogs. We had to sit on the terrace in a gale. The cafe was also over priced and the coffee cake stale.

Personally we would’t visit again.
Written September 7, 2022
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roywolfman
London, UK127 contributions
We had read that this was a place to visit and experience, and it delivered in spades for us.
But first we must commend the guide who was on site at the time of our visit, we think her name was Helen Williams, her enthusiasm, knowledge and presentation added so much value to the experience, as she gave details on the background to the Villa, to the Roman times and the reasons for the Villa being built where it was, and just taking time to talk to all the visitors there at the time we were there.
The actual building now housing the Villa is frankly awesome, a unique modern piece of architecture that enhances the site, and it gives space for the whole of the Villa site to be experienced to understand just how valuable a site it is for studying Roman civilisation.
The Information boards are outstanding in their design, full of what is interesting and informative, the display cabinets similarly achieve that high level, but the star is of course the Mosaic flooring. To see the skills utilised and designs that were created in the Villa were some of the best and original that are available anywhere we imagine.
It is a place of the Highest quality to visit to understand an marvel at Roman civilisation, and of course it’s eventual decline. What is interesting is that for all the artefacts collected from the site, none give any clue or information as to who exactly became the rich owner of the Villa other than they would have been involved as an importer/exporter as the harbour at that time was within 200m of the Villa, which is not the case now.
We can recommend this as a place that should be visited when on the island, and it has a lovely cafe as well.!!!!!
Written June 18, 2021
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Michelle
Frome, UK14 contributions
Couples
This was one of the best Roman sites I’ve been to. The visitors centre houses the main villa remains with some wonderfully preserved mosaics. The whole thing is well presented with plenty of information suitable for both adults and children. There is an optional short introductory talk which I can recommend as it gives you a good overview of the site and brings it alive.
There is a very good cafe on site.
Written June 10, 2021
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Julie P
Coventry, UK1 contribution
Often visit the cafe at the roman villa. The staff and food have always been excellent.
Recently, following an accident, I have been confined to a wheelchair.

The service I have received has been amazing, ensuring I have access to a suitable table and table service whilst my husband exercises the dogs before joining me.

The disabled facilities are excellent. Easily accessible alone and with paper towels to dry your hands fully, an essential when you are wheeling yourself around.

Very impressed all round
Written February 15, 2022
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STEPHEN K
Ashby de la Zouch, UK1,219 contributions
Couples
We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to this little Jewel, in the main the museum narrator Spencer who through his enthusiasm bought the whole place to life with knowledge and fabulous presentation skills.
The exhibit is housed in a state of the art building and has all the required amenities to hand.
Recommended for a visit and if possible a one to one which we had, great place.
Get a look at the map where the Isle of wight is not at all what it was.
Written August 2, 2021
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SurreyMasha
Camberley, UK197 contributions
Couples
This is a very interesting museum. The mosaics are amazing and there are lots of informative boards about the place in Roman times. It is set in a beautiful site with great views. We only spent about 40 mins there and so you could argue it is expensive for the time but I would say if you are interested in history it is worth a visit.
Written June 17, 2021
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Colin N
Kettering, UK254 contributions
Very interesting insight into Roman life in Britain. It is well preserved. We didn't use the services of the guide as we like to look around at our own pace and I like to take it all in. My wife enjoyed looking at the social remains whilst i'm at home looking at the walls etc. Took us about an hour to view the inside remains but it is possible to take longer, and then there are the remains outside to also explore.

I particularly liked the "Cock-headed" man mosaic

There is also a cafe (which we didn't use).
Written July 9, 2022
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