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“A Hidden Gem”
Review of Bignor Roman Villa

Bignor Roman Villa
Ranked #1 of 10 things to do in Pulborough
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Visitors to the Roman villa at Bignor will tour the ancient site (circa AD190) that evolved over several centuries, and which houses some of the best preserved mosaics in England.
Reviewed September 23, 2012

Hidden in the beautiful Sussex Downs is Bignor Roman Villa with some of the best Roman mosaics in the south of England. It is easy to understand why the Romans would have chosen this spot, which today is surrounded by vineyards and woodland. It is not as grand as Fishbourne or Brading in its general structure but the Georgian buildings compliment the Roman remains nicely. There are things for children to do. It also has a small café with inside and outside seating. Whilst most of the exhibts are inside it is best visited on a sunny day.

Thank Peter J
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"mosaic floors"
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"well worth a visit"
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"south downs"
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"amazing mosaics"
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"tea room"
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"on display"
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"cream tea"
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"on site"
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"local history"
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"gift aid"
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"under cover"
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"by accident"
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"fascinating place"
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"tucked away"
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"guide book"
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Reviewed July 17, 2012

Please Tripadvisor, correct the address you have for this wonderful attraction. Yes the Post Code is RH20 1PH England but it is situated in Bignor near Pulborough West Sussex. It is in superb countryside just North of the South Downs and very close to the route of Stane Street, the original Roman road. It is still owned and managed by the Tupper family whose ancestor re-discovered it in 1811 when ploughing and it has been receiving visitors every since. The mosaic floors are protected by quaint thatched cover buildings as you progress from room to room (these Georgian buildings rest on the original Roman foundations and are the most important mosaic cover buildings in the whole of Europe). Just below the mosaic of Venus(?) there is a cartoon of cherubs dressed as Gladiators being taught how to fight. You can even see the red drips from an injured leg!

Thank Warwick-and-Lucia
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Reviewed July 13, 2012

we went to the roman villa more by accident than anything else ,after having a "mooch" around petworth !!!we saw the sign on the way out ,it was quite a long way from the main road but well worth it ,roads v muddy it was pelting down all week and the signs are in danger of being hidden by vegetation ,but just keep going.we paid £6 each to enter and a bit wary as had been to new novium museum in chichester the day before which was £7 ,which was mmm let me think,, rubbish,(different review for that one)the mosaics at bignor were amazing, really detailed and clear ,you can walk round the edges but not on the details ,definetely best in britain we seen so far,we had an amazing thunder and lightning show as well "dunno how they managed that but all well worth a visit thouroughly recommended ,even better in the sun i bet

1  Thank steve b
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Reviewed June 28, 2012

Visited Bignor Roman Villa in April 2012 and loved it! After passing through the village of Bignor, with it's lovely thatched cottages, you enter from an narrow country lane with lovely views of the valley it sits in. I was amazed at the amount of mosaics so far uncovered. It is remarkable that you get to walk on the mosaics as you are making your way around the various buildings covering and protecting these mosaics. You can also see the hypocaust system (radiant floor heating these days) used to heat the rooms. Outside of the buildings are marked off rooms so you can get the idea of how big this place is. They haven't even uncovered all of the villa to date. Still a fascinating place after watching Time Team for years and watching them uncover in situ mosaics. Brilliant!!

1  Thank baughmanbd
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Reviewed May 5, 2012

While visiting friends in the area we made a visit to see the Bignor Roman Villa. As accurately stated by another reviewer, this is NOT in the Cotswolds, but Pulborough, West Sussex. The scenery through the Sussex villages and the view of some charming English homes made the trip even more pleasant. But the sight of the Villa and the beautiful listed thatched roof museum buildings held even more excitement. The mosaic floors are exquisite and depict Roman gladiators, beautiful designs and figures, and a large mosaic of the goddess Venus. This is a treasure well worth seeing!

3  Thank Wayne K
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