Chedworth Roman Villa, Yanworth

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The Chedworth Roman Villa is a Roman villa located at Chedworth, Gloucestershire, England. It is one of the largest Roman villas in Britain. The villa was built in phases from the early 2nd century to the 4th 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 1864, 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 indeed a farm or in fact a religious hostel, as evidence has been found in support of both arguments. However most currently believe that Chedworth was a private farmstead, inhabited by a very wealthy Romano-Briton.SitingThe villa stands in a sheltered, but shady, position overlooking the River Coln in the Cotswold Hills in Gloucestershire. It was located just off the Roman road known as the Fosse Way, and 8 miles (13 km) north of the important town of Corinium Dobunnorum (Cirencester). It was one of about fifty villas in the Cotswolds, and one of nine in just a 5 mile (8 km) radius. The villa was located next to a natural spring in the north west corner of the complex, which was the villa's main source of water, and which was where the inhabitants built an apsidal shrine to the water-nymphs (nymphaeum).
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  • We arrived early and got a good parking spot fairly close to the main building but there are plenty of other car parking spaces further away up in the wooded area. You need to allow at least an hour o...  more »
  • Great visit to the villa. Expert guide explains all including a short pre- and post- Roman history. The villa area is enormous and well worth a two to three hour visit. The mosaics are fascinating and...  more »
  • A long and narrow road leads you to this interesting site. Lots of mosaics have been discovered and the various rooms are well described. The villa itself contains many roman artefacts for you to see....  more »
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  • A great place to visit. Very well presented. It gives a real insight into the ingenuity of the Romans. Quite isolated so easy to imagine what it was like living here.
  • Absolutely amazing place! I took my 6 and 4 year old nephews for a day trip as the eldest one is about to do the Romans at school. They have a separate children's guide book and lots of activities for children which really engages them. As it was half term they also had crafts and we made a mosaic coaster and a badge for a small charge! The boys absolutely loved it and learnt so much. I also really enjoyed it. I went to Lullingstone Roman Villa in Kent on a school trip as a child myself and still remember the impact it had, but Chedworth surpasses that by miles! The mosaic floors were amazing. Will definitely be going back! Would recommend to everyone! Fantastic place.
  • Very well set up. If you have a lot of patience and time, the guided tour is great, if you have children, like we do, it was great to talk to the two ladies who were in character: Roman aristocrats, authentically dressed and conveniently taught modern English.
  • Friendly staff and volunteers. Interesting morning out with lots to see and do - even for little ones. Cafe is a bit pricey but it goes to help keep places like this open so it's worth it :-)
  • The mosaics are just incredible and we spent an enjoyable 1.5 hours walking around the site. Didn't do the talk or audio guide and were happy with level of information. Ignore sat nav if you see brown signs as sat nav can send you down some very narrow roads.

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