Newport Roman Villa, Newport
Categories: Landmarks, Tourist Spots
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.
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Great wet weather attraction, volunteers there give you an insight into life in the roman times, good cafe
Fascinating Roman villa museum hidden on a housing estate about a 10 minute walk from Newport (IOW). Parking is not easy at the weekends but all the surrounding streets are free if you can find a plac... read more »
This relatively small Romano-British villa is very well presented and our visit was most informative. It is a little outside the centre of Newport, tucked away on a housing estate, but it is well wort... read more »
An interesting glimpse into the Island's Roman past.
I went here with my brother and sons and it cost us £7 for a family ticket. The receptionist was a lovely lady, and the boys got a backpack each with a toga to try and other bits and a clipboard each to spot items in the museum and involve them in the history and education. The presentation of the villa is very informative and easy for the children to get to grips with and learn. The activity room is excellent also and we could have spent a long time in there trying various activities. It isn't too big so thankfully we went in a quiet time. We enjoyed it.
Great display of this Roman Villa. Interesting to see how the Romans influenced the daily life of the landowners. Carefully selected items on display makes it interesting and not overcrowded. Really good activities for the children.
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