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“Small but packed with features.”

Rockbourne Roman Villa
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Rockbourne is near Fordingbridge in a picturesque and peaceful part of Hampshire close to the New Forest. The Roman villa once stood in the centre of a large farming estate, and is the largest known villa in the area. Its history spans the period from the Iron Age to the 5th century AD. The site includes a museum exploring the story of the estate and its people, with a Roman garden and archaelogical remains. Facilities include toilets, refreshments, shop and picnic tables. Groups and school are welcome, contact us for more details. Please check our website for opening hours.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase
Reviewed August 14, 2013

Tucked away on a back road between Fordingbridge and Salisbury, This site is easily overlooked, and not particularly publicized. Don't let that put you off if you're interested in Roman Britain, Rockbourne is a glimpse into the lives of relatively ordinary people.
The site is a farming villa and the museum catalogues it's development over the 300+ years of its' habitation. Centre stage are some wonderful mosaics, opened hypocaust and the remains of a bath house. The visitors centre looks in detail at the workings of a hypocaust system at at other aspects of daily life including diet.
All in all, the it's worth the modest entry fee just to see the mosaics, the rest is a bonus!

Thank sharkey777
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