Brading Roman Villa is one of the finest Romano-British archaeological sites in the UK. The award-winning Exhibition and Visitor Centre offers a unique insight into Roman life in Britain, from beautifully preserved mosaic floors to an extensive collection of Roman archaeology, including coins, pottery and tools.
The Romans conquered the Isle of Wight in 44AD. The first simple villa dates from the mid-1st century but developed into a large and impressive stone-built house around three sides of a central courtyard. Its luxurious rooms contain many fine Roman mosaics. The Villa suffered a disastrous fire in the 3rd century AD.
Roman coins excavated at the site indicate human activity continued at Brading until the twenty-eight year reign of Emperor Honorius began in AD395.
Winner of Sandford Award 2008.