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“A real insight into Romano-British life.”

Brading Roman Villa
Ranked #1 of 9 things to do in Brading
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Reviewed January 9, 2014

Well worth a trip. It's incredibly interesting and the views from the site are amazing. The mosaics are, I think, unique.

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Reviewed January 7, 2014

This has some fantastic Roman mosaic flooring with lots of interesting information about the Roman Villa. There is a good restauraunt for meals or snacks. Work was well under way on a new high secure display area that will be opening In early 2014 and high value rarities will be displayed from places lke the British Museum or major art collections, this will open up a whole new area of interest to Islanders and visitors.

4  Thank Alan J
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Reviewed December 6, 2013

This is a little heaven of history and I would recommend it even if you are not interested in that kind of stuff. As another reviewer said, it has been a surprise to see this Villa on the Isle of Wight.
As a place of 2,000 years of history, there are so many stories of the past as well as suggestions and theories about the life of people who habituated the Villa.The cover building is excellent; it saved the place – a beautiful and important heritage site.

The guidebook (that can be bought from the shop) is also excellent; it tells you not only about the site but also meets you with the people who are working here. The lady guide was very good – she stayed with me until she made sure she answered all my questions.

The mosaics are unique and remarkable. I have seen many Roman mosaics but for the first time I saw the man with chicken head; there are suggestions this might be a trainer of gladiators or a hunter of wild animals, something we might never know.

The swastika is also fascinating. The curios fact is that it has been used as a positive symbol for at least 3000 years until Nazis came to power. The swastika stands for power and good luck; it was interesting to learn that it has been found all over the world and used by ancient people in America, Europe, Asia and Africa.

The Astronomer is another stunning mosaic. It is rare to see a globe (to which the figure is pointing) and sundials (the column and the planar) in mosaics. There are beautiful stories behind each of The Four seasons mosaics and it is important to know them so you can understand the mosaics better. Medusa also adds to the mystery; take a good look – you will notice that her head is not straight. As our guide said, it might be deliberately or it could be a mistake of Medusa’ creators.

The place is accessible for wheelchairs; there are also displays on sign language for deaf people. The ticket costs £6.50 and it deserves every penny. The car park is pretty big and we didn’t have any problem to find a space.

The Isle of Wight itself is a spacious and relaxing place where you escape from the crowded London. Hope to go back soon.

3  Thank niki101
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Reviewed November 19, 2013

The accessibility was very good. I was surprised at the amount of archeology on view and the staff were very friendly and welcoming as well as informative with a guided tour with explanation on the mosaics, great for kids as there are lots of hands on stuff and costumes to get involved with

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Reviewed October 30, 2013

Went with an open mind but this was my favourite thing we did on the island. We were given an introduction to the history of the villa and all about the discovery of it. She was lovely and answered all our many questions! The villa is shown in a great way with lots of bits to touch and see and the great thing is you can take photos too, a rarity at an exhibit nowadays. You should also visit outside where there has been an ampitheatre created and further bits of the villa to see.
fantastic few hours to get lost in history. Well worthvthe entrance fee some of which is going to preserve ot I believe.

1  Thank Michelle J
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