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“Disappointing on this visit”

Chedworth Roman Villa
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Private Cotswold Villages from London: Burford, Stow-on-the-Wold
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Yanworth
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Owner description: Considered one of the most extensive and complete Roman villas in England, this structure was occupied from the late second century to the mid-fourth century.
Reviewed 12 August 2014

I first visited the Chedworth Roman Villa when I was twelve years old and I am now 67. At the time it amazed me and I began to cultivate an interest in archaeology. I subsequently too my own two children many years later and they also enjoyed it. Additionally, I took a school party and they derived much interest and although they were fully prepared in advance as to what to see I distinctly recall there being a short film to watch which explained about the villa with real people portrayed dressed in the costumes of the time. Today, we took our grandchildren, one grandson was eight years old and was told all about it before the visit, the other was simply 11 months and in a buggy. On arrival by car, we were directed to the upper car park amongst the trees and to our dismay found we had to carry the baby and buggy down a flight of steps. As a result, my husband now has a bad back. We passed along the lane lined with cars and at the entrance saw two empty disabled spaces but there was no space for people with children with a buggy. The staff on entry were helpful and kind - we paid for a child's ticket and we had National Trust tickets. At first it was good having a useful small elevator to access the dining area and the mosaics of the villa. We then moved on to the temple which was easily accessible but the building next to it was not - only steps. We then went to the silver tent to get our timed tickets for the show which would be in about an hour. Meanwhile, we had our picnic in the grounds but it began to pour with rain. Having finished eating, we rushed to the museum which consists of only a tiny room - this hasn't changed and one wonders why they need such a large Victorian building for offices. Could they not have kept the original film in one of those rooms?! At the appointed time, we went to the dome for the University of Bath film. This consisted of several shots of before the villa was built, when it was in existence and when it finally had fallen into disuse again, accompanied by naked men running. The sensation one had was of flying but very fast and there was no warning for people who might have problems with the speed of this. Any theme park would have had such a warning in place as it can affect blood pressure etc. In ten minutes this was over and we retired to the tea-room. This was a nice addition. Our final event was to take our grandson to the craft room. Again we found there was no access with a buggy or a wheelchair as there was only a flight of steps. My husband had to wait in the café while our grandson and I completed a coaster with tesserae which he proudly brought back to his Mum and Dad. At the end of our visit, the rain was on again and this time, my husband went to retrieve the car and brought it to the entrance to collect us. There was no warning of what was accessible and what was not, neither were we told that we could drop off passengers or have a space for a car with a buggy. If shops and garden centres provide child friendly spaces why can't you?! National Trust, you can do better than this and this is the first disappointment I have had with this site for some considerable time!

Thank rondonel
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Reviewed 12 August 2014

Travelling through the Cotswolds saw the sign for the "Chedworth Roman Villa" and thought we'd "give it a whirl" as it were. Fair to say that although it's very well signposted, it is a fair old trek from the main road to the actual attraction, but on balance well worth it.

Smallish car parking facility but adequate on the day that we visited and I must say that the site was immaculately maintained. Nice little coffee shop facility and outside was the meeting point for the free guided tour of the site. Tour probably took just over and hour and I have to say that the guide that we had was excellent and more the visit all the more worth while. The whole site was explained to us and we had a good amble around.

Well presented, immaculately clean and tidy and certainly interesting, the Chedworth Roman Villa is certainly worth a visit if you're in the area.

Thank RobboLancashire
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Reviewed 11 August 2014

We went on a wet morning. The scenery is very attractive on the way. We parked in the lane, but in retrospect, we should have driven up to the entrance to drop off or find a nearer parking spot. Once inside the staff were excellent, welcoming, and sorted out a membership problem in moments. The children with us were only little, and we were sensibly recommended to take them into the craft area to make a mosaic coaster. (We could have had a little more attention from the lady in there to explain what was available to do.) But what fun they had, with lots of glue and coloured glass tesserae and an excellent result! Then they quickly decorated and had a badge made. Families were coming into the room to eat lunch, so we set off to look round indoors at the mosaics. The children liked to see where the floors were being repaired. A 'Roman doctor' was talking about cures to some older children. It was a bit above our tinies' heads, but they liked looking at the various items on show, very disbelieving that Romans had no loo paper, just a sponge on a stick, and water. Outside the rain had stopped and we walked round the extensive excavations before hearing, back inside, about how they were discovered. As we left, the little girl with us said accusingly "That was a very quick visit!" She would obviously have enjoyed much more time there.

Thank B F
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Reviewed 11 August 2014

Was expecting something much larger but the journey through the beautiful Cotswolds countryside made up for it.
Unfortunately the museum that sits on the site was closed the day we visited.

1  Thank Jojobm
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Reviewed 10 August 2014

Having read reviews, we were expecting good things - but this was an absolute treat!
The audio tour at just £1 each was fabulous - and the whole staff team were keen, enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Added to that, there were children's craft activities, a roman coin expert and water divining.
We had a great time. Can thoroughly recommend!

Thank Andrea W
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