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 the villa’s opulence in Roman times.
There are beautiful views 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.
Please be aware: There are sheer unguarded drops from the stone walls at the bottom of the site.
English Heritage does not permit drone flying from or over sites in our care, except by contractors or partners undertaking flights for a specific purpose, who satisfy stringent CAA criteria, have the correct insurances and permissions, and are operating under controlled conditions.
Parking: There is a small free car park a short walk away. Please do not park in the private lane beyond the car park.
Access: The area around the villa is grassed and has steep sections. It is not suitable for wheelchair access.
School Visits/Large Groups: The lane to the villa is narrow and not suitable for large coaches.
Dogs: Dogs on leads are welcome.
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 - its amphitheatre is one of the largest in Britain.
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