Rockbourne Roman Villa

Rockbourne Roman Villa, Fordingbridge

Rockbourne Roman Villa
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Historic Sites • Ancient Ruins
Thursday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Rockbourne Roman Villa is a unique archaeological site and museum, situated in a peaceful part of Hampshire near the historic town of Fordingbridge, on the edge of the New Forest. Here you can walk amongst the remains of the largest known villa complex in the area, which once stood in the centre of a large farming estate. Its history spans the period from the Iron Age to the 5th century AD. The villa site includes the remains of bath houses, living quarters, farm buildings and workshops. You can also see the best preserved of the mosaics discovered here, as well as part of the underfloor heating system and the outline of the villa's forty rooms. Many of the finds from the site are displayed thematically in the museum and tell the story of what life was like in this fascinating place. Outside, information boards guide you around the site and there is a family friendly trail that accompanies them.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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John l
Fordingbridge, UK19 contributions
great for Kids
Aug 2019
Nice little museum , Grand kids enjoyed dressing up and completing the quiz
Very interesting place in the lovely countryside near Fordingbridge where the old roman quay is
Written 12 February 2020
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Hazel W
3 contributions
A small museum with great exhibits
Sep 2019
I took my young grandsons, and although initially not keen, they were soon really engaged with the many activities. From dressing up as centurions, to 'brass' rubbings, to the identity sheet- they had a really good time. Thank you to the staff/volunteers who gave them information in a fun and interesting way.
Written 24 September 2019
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bwanaalan
Salisbury, UK221 contributions
Good for children
Jul 2019
The most impressive features are the large site and the small museum. There’s not a lot on display outside: some monochrome mosaics, a small area of unusual hypocaust, outline walls, a ‘Roman’ garden. The explanatory panels don’t include an overall plan – that’s inside – so try to orientate yourself before leaving the museum.

The museum explains the discovery of the site and the main finds, including bones and a big pot of coins. There’s plenty about life in Roman times, dressing-up clothes for kids and enough Lego to keep a small army occupied.

I’d rate this a point of interest if you are passing rather than a major destination in itself.
Written 22 September 2019
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Josephine P
Highcliffe, UK21 contributions
Interesting site in a lovely peacfeul setting
Sep 2019
We visited on a lovely late summer's Sunday. Arrived about 1.30 and saw that there was a guided tour at 2.00 pm. So sat in the sun enjoying the peace & tranquility. It was a very interesting guided tour and although a lot of the excavation work has been covered to preserve it what was exposed was very interesting. The tour guide explained the lay out of the site and how each section would have been utilised.
Written 8 September 2019
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baozi-mad
17 contributions
Absolutely lovely, a really approachable amount of information
Aug 2019 • Family
A really lovely museum. Much of the villa is now covered up but several mosaics, under floor heating structures and walls are visible and there is a mock up of a Roman garden. The museum is small, but filled with information. There are lots and lots of hands on activities for children of all ages. My daughter is 12, she studied the Romans at school this year and really loved the museum. We stayed for about 90 minutes enjoying the information and activities. Staff were delightful. Worth a visit if you are in the area and enjoy history!
Written 2 August 2019
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Maggie M
Brand Green, UK6 contributions
Waste time and effort
Jul 2019 • Couples
It took 10minutes at the most go around this site,We expected a Roman villa all we saw was a few bits of mosaic and a well and some pipes that were underfloor heating. They advertise a cafe which was a hot drink machine and a table with crisps and biscuits. We travelled for an hour to get there what a waste of time and effort
Written 12 July 2019
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SammiLouA
Salisbury, UK17 contributions
Wonderful place, fantastic staff.
Jun 2019 • Family
We visited with our toddler son and very active dog today. The staff are very accommodating and welcoming. They are full of knowledge and nothing was too much trouble. There was a lovely chap that gave our son some postcards with Romans on which we thought we was lovely touch and very kind.
The ruins and grounds itself are really interesting and very buggy/ dog friendly.
We also went to the museum which is good fun, it has a lovely child’s play table, fun activities for children (including dressing like a Roman!) and plenty for adults to read and see.
Fun day out!
Written 16 June 2019
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Michal S
London, UK37 contributions
interesting place
Apr 2019 • Family
if you are passing you need to stop and visit this place.
it was very interesting to see how Romans live in a the area
Written 28 April 2019
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RBSharpe
6 contributions
Interesting presentation
Sep 2018 • Family
Good exhibition, well illustrated indoors with plenty of recovered objects and well arranged site outdoors
Written 29 September 2018
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P V
Bath, UK43 contributions
A small gem!
May 2018 • Couples
We visited expecting a short walk around and left in awe of the great team who volunteer at this little gem of a museum. Whilst there is very little to be seen, most of the villa has been covered until funding is available, the signage around the site is informative. The real gem is in the small museum telling the story of finding the villa and the finds from the site.
Written 13 May 2018
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Rockbourne Roman Villa is open:
  • Thu - Sun 11:00 - 16:00