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“Roman Villa”

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: Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 4 October 2013

A very interesting visit to this Roman villa with mosaics and a unique hypocaust. well layed out mueum. Free parking and excellent facilities. Friendly and informative staff and a small shop to buy a guide book, souvenirs and refreshments.

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Reviewed 12 September 2013

I find Roman villas a bit boring but my wife likes to visit so we tried this one.

It is well laid out and presented with some impressive mosaics and other 'finds'.

The tea facilities are reasonable with friendly staff and there is also a small shop to buy the normal postcards and tat.

Parking is free and easy and the toilets adequate. You can park and visit the tea room without paying an entrance fee.

There is some walking so comfortable shoes are a must.

Thank Paul S
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Reviewed 3 September 2013

Very interesting and extremely good value. I would suggest that you invest in a guide book or return to the museum after you have visited the site (its at the entrance so you go through that first) so it all makes a bit more sense.
Well kept site and the lady at reception was very helpful. Dog friendly (but not in museum)

Thank Nickactually
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Reviewed 24 August 2013

Run by Hampshire County Council the staff were friendly and helpful. There is a small attraction centre with detailed history of the attraction. The staff were also running some archaeological digs for children in the grounds. The villa remains are just the floor plan and features (Mosaics, underfloor heating etc.) This gives you a perspective of the size of the development.

Thank NForest5
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Reviewed 14 August 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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