Roman Villa open day at Rockbourne

Published Tuesday 23 August 2011

Come and visit Rockbourne Roman Villa, it has 40 rooms, under floor heating and several bath houses, sounds like your ideal house? There’s just one problem, its 1,600 years old!

On Wednesday 31 August from 11am-4pm the New Forest National Park Authority is inviting people along to its ‘archaeology discovery day’ to find out what life was like for Roman Britons.

It is still possible to walk round the remains of the villa and visit the museum which is packed full of fascinating objects found during excavations. The history of the site spans from the Iron Age to the 5 century AD.

The villa was discovered in 1942, however because of the war, large-scale digging did not start until 1956 with further excavations taking place until 1978. In 1982 the mosaic floor was relayed.

James Brown Maritime Archaeology Education & Outreach Officer at the New Forest National Park Authority, said: ‘Rockbourne Roman Villa is the only villa in the New Forest and has provided significant archaeological evidence of that period.

 ‘We want as many people as possible to come down and join us to learn about its history and get involved in activities, games or challenges and perhaps test the experts by asking challenging questions too!’

The event is open to all ages and dogs are welcome as long as they are kept on the lead. The cost of the event is £3.00 for adults, £2.00 for concessions, £8.00 for a family ticket and under 5’s go free.

This is a joint event with Hampshire County Council, for more information about the ‘archaeology discovery day’ visit


Notes to Editors:

Protect - Enjoy - Prosper
The New Forest National Park Authority’s statutory purposes are to:

  • Conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the Park - Protect
  • Promote opportunities for understanding and enjoyment of its special qualities – Enjoy.

We also have a duty to:

  • Seek to foster the social and economic well-being of local communities within the Park – Prosper.

The New Forest National Park was designated in March 2005. Its unique landscape has been shaped over the centuries by grazing ponies, cattle and pigs which roam free. Majestic woodlands, rare heathland and a spectacular coastline provide fabulous opportunities for quiet recreation, enjoyment and discovery.

Media Contact:
Karen Evans-McDaid, Communications Officer, New Forest National Park Authority
Tel: 01590 646650

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