An Introduction to Newport Roman Villa
Service update - COVID-19
To help keep everyone safe at Newport Roman Villa;
We are limiting the number of visitors who can visit during the day. Booking is advised. If you do not have a pre-booked visiting time or arrive late, we will do our very best to accommodate you.
A QR code will be available for the site to register your visit. If you do not have the NHS App you can leave your name and contact number instead. The data will be held securely and deleted after 21 days. The data will not be used for any other purpose than NHS Test and Trace.
We encourage the wearing of face coverings within Villa.
During your visit we advise that you continue to maintain social distancing with other visitors.
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 some high-contact exhibits and displays but will be providing photo hunts, activity packs and guide notes free of charge. The activity room will re-open from the 23 July.
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.