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 which house the mosaics.
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.
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 very steep sections. It is not suitable for wheelchair access.
School Visits/Large Groups: The lane to the villa is narrow and is 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.
The Big Butterfly Count
The Big Butterfly Count is taking place this year between 19th July and 11th August. We think Great Witcombe Roman Villa would be a great place to take part as it is home to an array of butterfly species. All you need is 15 minutes and a preferably sunny day to take part. To find out more please visit www.bigbutterflycount.org/about and download an identification chart.