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Chedworth Roman Villa, Yanworth

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Chedworth Roman Villa is located near Chedworth, Gloucestershire, England. It is one of the largest and most elaborate Roman villas so far discovered in Britain and one with the latest occupation beyond the Roman period. The villa was built in phases from the early 2nd century to the 5th century, with the 4th century construction transforming the building into an elite dwelling arranged around three sides of a courtyard. The 4th century building included a heated and furnished west wing containing a dining-room (triclinium) with a fine mosaic floor, as well as two separate bathing suites: one for damp-heat and one for dry-heat.

The villa was discovered in 1863, and it was excavated and put on display soon afterwards. It was acquired in 1924 by the National Trust who have conducted a long-term conservation programme, with new on-site facilities and cover-buildings.

It is debated amongst historians whether Chedworth was a villa rustica or a religious sanctuary and hostel, as evidence has been found in support of both arguments. However most currently believe that Chedworth was the former, inhabited by a very wealthy Romano-Briton. It is a scheduled monument.
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  • There are some excellent displays but we were disappointed to find that a lot of the buildings have been covered with soil "to protect them". This is a bad habit of the National Trust in that they...  more »
  • A true gem in the English History catalogue. Some of the villa hasn't been excavated yet/recoveres but I hope English Heritage gets the funding soon to allow this. We do really need to pay more...  more »
  • This is a fantastic place. Full of history and wonderfully preserved parts of Roman buildings, baths, mosaic floors, murals, and artefacts. A real doorway into the past and how Roman life was in...  more »
  • Wow. This place took some finding. It’s really hidden away but well worth a visit. The level of preservation is amazing. The bath house and mosaics were stunning. The villa is managed by the national trust, not English heritage who you would expect. We did the forest trail and spent a fortune in the shop!
  • We visited as members on a very hot bank holiday weekend. Parking is somewhat limited when busy, but, there are lots to do here for children who are studying the Romans at school. The restaurant is lovely with typical a National Trust menu. The staff were lovely too.. Thank you for a great, informative few hours. Dave n Jill
  • The tour of the site started with a short talk about the history and geography given by an entertaining lady. These are every hour. After that we were free to wander as we wished. The layout of the villa is clear with plenty of information boards. The site is at the top of a valley with wonderful views. Highly recommended.
  • The Roman visa is great and the cage is nice butt my favourite part is walking the old railway line behind the villa. It's quiet and the entry reminds me of the cartoon spirited away. It's great to tell kids we are going into another world!
  • Lovely place to visit. Staff there are very helpful and about 50% is accessible by wheelchair easily and the other parts with help. 2 disabled parking bays at bottom of road next to entrance. Nice cafe and good disabled toilets. Enjoy the quiet surroundings.

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