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
Parking: Car parking is available on site with a £2 charge for non-members payable by text. Parking is free for Members with a valid English Heritage car sticker on display. If you would prefer to pay in advance of your visit, please visit our parking payment service website.
Please do not park in the private lane beyond the car park.
Access: The area around the villa is grassed and has very steep sections. It is not suitable for wheelchair access. There is a small car park 5 minutes walk away along the lane.
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 which house the mosaics.
Facilities: The village of Brockworth is just under 2 miles away where you will find places to eat and drink.
School Visits/Large Groups: The lane to the villa is narrow and is not suitable for large coaches.
Dogs: Dogs on leads are welcome.
Please be aware: There are steep, unguarded drops from the walls towards the bottom of the site. There are no guard rails around the outside of the decked areas surrounding the buildings which house the mosaics. It can be very slippery on grassed areas during and after wet weather and appropriate footwear is recommended.
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.
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.