An Introduction to Newport Roman Villa
Service update - COVID-19
To help keep everyone safe we have introduced some changes.
We are limiting the number of visitors who can visit during the day. Booking is advised for all members of your party, including children. If you do not have a pre-booked visiting time or arrive late, we will do our best to accommodate you, but cannot guarantee you will be able to visit.
We will be collecting names and contact details of all visitors over the age of 16 years to assist with NHS Test and Trace. The data will be held securely and deleted after 21 days. The data will not be used for any other purpose than NHS track and trace.
We will be asking visitors to wear a mask in the shop and interior areas of the villa.
During your visit please follow our social distancing and hygiene guidelines.
If you or a member of your household has any COVID-19 symptoms or has been in contact with someone that has the virus, please do not visit the villa.
Hand sanitiser will be provided throughout the site.
We have taken away high-contact exhibits and displays but will be providing photo hunts, activity packs and guide notes free of charge.
We have a limited facility to take payment by card so please allow a little extra time if you need to pay in this way.
For more information or to book a visiting time please phone 01983 529720
Welcome to Newport Roman Villa a 1,700 year old farmhouse and a Scheduled Ancient Monument in the care of the Isle of Wight Council Heritage Service. Discovered in 1926 when the owner of a nearby house dug foundations for a garage, subsequent excavations revealed extensive remains of a late Romano-British farmhouse built around 280 AD. The well-preserved remains at Newport Roman Villa provide a fascinating insight into country life in third century Britain. The Villa has a superb bath suite with, under floor heating and remnants of mosaic floors. Sections of the Villa have been reconstructed to illustrate the building materials used; you can peep into a Roman kitchen and see a slave preparing a Roman feast. The villa has a hands-on activity room where you can make a mosaic, repair a broken pot or weave a blanket. Discover the plants Romans would have used in the beautiful herb garden.
You can find out more about the Roman occupation of the Isle of Wight by exploring the exhibition area, which displays artefacts found throughout the Isle of Wight. You can also take a 360° virtual tour of the villa on Google Maps.