The remains of this large and luxurious Roman villa lie in a peaceful setting near the Cotswold Way. Once at the heart of a large country estate, the villa was built about AD 250, and lived in until the 5th century. The remains include a bathhouse complex and perhaps the shrine of a water spirit. Mosaic pavements (preserved within a modern building) hint at villa’s opulence in Roman times.
There about beautiful views from the villa over the surrounding countryside.
Read more about the history of Great Witcombe Roman Villa.
Before You Go
Opening Times: The site is open 10am-6pm, daily, from April until October, and 10am-4pm from November until March. Please note, there is no access to the buildings that house the mosaics. View details.
Parking: There is a small free car park a short walk away. Please do not park in the lane or drive beyond the car park as this is a private road. View details.
School Visits/Large Groups: The lane to the villa is narrow and not suitable for large coaches.
Plan a Great Day Out
The Cotswold Way runs through the woodland above the Villa and is easily reached by the footpath.
Another great example of Gloucestershire's Roman history can be found a short drive away in Cirencester; the Amphitheatre is one of the largest in Britain.
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