Trip Planner:   Europe  /  UK  /  England  /  Isle of Wight  /  Newport  /  Sightseeing  /  Newport Roman Villa

Newport Roman Villa, Newport

(4.4/5 based on 45 reviews on the web)
Newport Roman Villa was a Romano-British farmhouse constructed in 280 AD. It is located near to Newport, Isle of Wight.Discovery and excavationNewport Roman Villa was unearthed in 1926 garage foundations were laid by a nearby homeowner. The site was excavated and the ground plan of the villa house was uncovered.Thanks to public interest and the generosity of the developer, the site was preserved and protected by a cover building. It is now a scheduled ancient monument, giving it protected status.HistoryNewport Roman Villa was constructed in about 280 AD with local stone including flint, chalk, limestone and greensand with the walls remaining almost at their original height. The building was roofed with massive slabs of Bembridge limestone which needed large roof timbers to support them. Many of these roof slabs had a distinctive shape, pierced with a single hole to take a nail, were found on the site. It is likely the building was the centre of a wealthy estate.The discovery of fragments of window glass on the site shows that the building had some glazed windows, and remains of painted wall plaster during excavation show that at least some of the rooms had brightly coloured interior walls.It features a well-preserved Roman bath suite with hypocaust underfloor heating. The furnace for heating the bath suite was outside the back wall of the villa at the end of the bath wing, and a slave would have been responsible for providing it with fuel. The hot air from the furnace passed through an arch at the base of the villa's back wall and circulated under the raised floors of the three rooms.
Put Newport Roman Villa into our Newport itinerary builder to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Newport.
Source
map
Create a full Newport itinerary

Plan your trip to Newport

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Newport by other users

14 days in Southern England BY A USER FROM NETHERLANDS May, culture, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, culture, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 14 days in Southern England BY A USER FROM NETHERLANDS May, culture, romantic, historic sites, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, culture, romantic, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 5 days in Isle of Wight BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in United Kingdom BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, culture, beaches, historic sites, hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, culture, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 3 days in Isle of Wight BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM February, kids, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: February, kids, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 21 days in Southern England BY A USER FROM CANADA August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 29 days in Southern England BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 12 days in Southern England BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 15 days in Southern England BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 5 days in Sandown & Newport BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, hidden gems PREFERENCES: February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 22 days in Southern England BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA May, beaches, historic sites, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 18 days in Southern England BY A USER FROM CANADA July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • historical and educational ..... my kids loved it ..... would definitely go there again and this time take my grndkids 
  • Well worth calling in for an hour or so. Unfortunately it's somewhat hidden away down a side street off the main town centre area, but is very well brown signposted. Not quite awe inspiring but beauti...  more »
  • What a joy to see the remains of the Roman Villa all well preserved and mostly under cover so no matter the weather outside. With very friendly and knowledgeable volunteers to explain things and answe...  more »
Google
  • Great little place tucked away on a housing estate. Council run and maintained. A room packed full of activities for the kids (and adults can join in too)
  • Good half day out for a fun educational event. The kids were really interested. Us adults enjoyed it too.
  • This small council run museum to the villa remains housed in it is a hidden gem amongst Newport's suburbia, and targets a largely primary school audience.
  • Average, but very informative, and wasn't expensive
  • An interesting glimpse into the Island's Roman past.