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“An interesting site”

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, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“An interesting site”
Reviewed 17 June 2014

I visited this attraction with family members on a sunny afternoon in June. There is a large field containing a few mosaic remains and a well. There are information boards at each point of interest. A small garden has been re-created , Roman-style, although the plants are not necessarily the ones mentioned on the information boards. There is a small exhibition which is interesting. An hour is long enough to visit this attraction. There is a small admission fee so it is value for money. However I would combine a visit with pursuing other activities in the area.

Visited June 2014
1 Thank Janwhitfield
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“A trip to the past”
Reviewed 3 June 2014

Our visit to this once extensive Roman Villa was enhanced by the hot and sunny weather ,and the beautiful countryside which surrounds the site. If you are expecting Pompeii,forget it - the remains are two dimensional as the stones from the walls have long since gone and foundations and a few mosaics are all that remain. This however does not detract from the historic interest of the remains,as the well ordered museum through which one approaches and the informative descriptions throughout the site help to bring the past into the present.
There are several interactive attractions for children and a well tended "Roman " garden .
The staff are friendly and enthusiastic . Definitely an hour and a half well spent !

Visited June 2014
1 Thank Dai L
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“A Roman "Foot" Print”
Reviewed 25 May 2014

An interesting exhibit especially the uncovered bathhouse submarine base. The reconstructed mosaic floors are well done.
This exhibit is an insight into a footprint of our history, however, there are better examples so don't "bust a gut" to go there.

Visited May 2014
Thank georgegrimes
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“Informative and interesting”
Reviewed 28 March 2014

Being interested in history I have enjoyed many visits to this Roman villa. The small museum is good with some items you can touch and even handle.
The staff are knowledgeable and friendly and willing to give you some time to explain the history of the villa and the Romans in the area.
Not costly and worth a visit.

Visited July 2013
2 Thank UkPeachesandCream
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“Great attention to detail”
Reviewed 5 January 2014

Loved the care taken to explain how it would been to live there in Roman times. Enjoyable visit plus doggie on a lead could enjoy it too.

Visited April 2013
1 Thank bexter25
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