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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  • August 20, 2017
    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 »
  • August 16, 2017
    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 »
  • August 15, 2017
    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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  • August 22, 2017
    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.
  • October 15, 2017
    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.
  • August 22, 2017
    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 :-)
  • August 15, 2017
    Chedworth Roman Villa is a good trip back into the Golden Age of Roman Britain. Discovered by accident in 1864, the ruins tells of the past grandeur as one of the greatest houses in the 4th century. Great for those who are interested in history. It also has activities for the whole family, as wel as picnic area. It's worth a guided walk. Nice to relax with the family. There's also a small cafe, with a few selection. Admission price could be a bit dear if you are not a member of the National Trust. Parking is available, but not much space. Better to be early.
  • September 19, 2017
    This is one of the best roman villas in the country 50 rooms 2 wash rooms and amazing mosaics. Do not miss thos visit.

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