Discovery Visits at Lullingstone Roman Villa

Give your students a better understanding of what life was really like in Roman Britain, and let our site experts bring the people who once lived and worked at Lullingstone back to life in a hands-on Discovery Visit.


Roman Life and Learning from Archaeology

History, RE, Science

Discover what life was like at Lullingstone Roman Villa for its wealthy owners and the people who worked there during our interactive session involving role play, object handling and exploration of the villa. Pupils will take part in an experiment to understand how the hypocaust system worked and will become archaeologists, as they piece together replica artefacts that will help them understand the culture and religious beliefs of Roman Britain.

  • Availability: April to October: Wednesday to Friday during term time, November to March: Thursday and Friday during term time
  • Session lasts for 1 1/2 hours
  • £100 per session
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Plan Your Trip

We have a wide range of materials to support your visit and make school trip planning easy. You can find all our site-specific information and tools below, and further information on our what to expect page

Download our free resources to help you make the most out of your visit and create unique learning experiences before, during and after your trip. We also offer free planning visits once you have made a booking, plus a 20% discount on the official English Heritage guidebook for your place of choice.

Once you book your visit you’ll be sent a visit permit, which you’ll need to bring with you on the day.

Visit our bookings page to start planning your trip! 

  • Facilities
    • PARKING: Parking is available for cars and a limited number of coaches in the car park.
    • TOILETS: Toilets are located in the car park, with an accessible toilet available in the villa.
    • LUNCH: You are welcome to enjoy packed lunches on the grassed area and benches. 
    • SHOP: There is a gift shop selling a range of English Heritage gifts and souvenirs. We recommend bringing your class in small groups at a time.
    • ACCESSIBILITY: Most of the villa is accessible for wheelchair users, although there are steps to the mausoleum and shrine. There are lifts to the first floor and mezzanine level.
    • BAG STORAGE: There is bag storage in our Education Room. Please be advised that this space will not be available if a Discovery Visit is taking place.
    • WET WEATHER: Villa remains are undercover. However, please be aware that the site is incredibly cold in the winter despite being inside a covered building. Please dress appropriately.

    Site Map

    Lullingstone Site Map

  • Hazard Information

    A useful tool to help with your risk assessments:

    You must meet the following ratios for leaders to students on the day of your visit when booking, and if your group is forming smaller groups while at the site:

    • Ages 4-5 (UK Reception) 1 leader for every 4 students (1:4)
    • Ages 5-7 (UK Key Stage 1) 1 leader for every 6 students (1:6)
    • Ages 7-11 (UK Key Stage 2) 1 leader for every 10 students (1:10) and
    • Ages 11-18 (UK Key Stages 3, 4, and 5) 1 leader for every 15 students (1:15)
    • For an adult learning group, consisting of individuals all over the age of 18, there are no ratios but there must be an appointed group leader
    • All ratios outlined above apply to home education groups
    • If your group consists of children aged 3 and/or 4, you must also refer to the Early Years and Foundation Stage Statutory Framework which sets out specific legal requirements for minimum ratios for this age group, to include requirements about the qualifications of the leaders
    • SEND groups must meet the minimum ratios above but may bring any additional leaders as required to adequately support their group
  • Education Site Opening Times

    We offer free self-led education visits during school term time*. From November until March we open exclusively for education groups at selected sites when booking an expert-led Discovery Visit. See our education opening times below for individual site information.

    *Free education visits are not offered on UK public holidays or during the operation of additional fee paying public events at English Heritage sites.

    PLEASE NOTE: Lullingstone Roman Villa is currently closed for works which will be taking place intermittently throughout the summer. Usual site education opening hours are listed below, but please do check back here for further updates or contact us if you have any questions.

    • April-October: Sunday-Tuesday 10-5pm. Discovery Visits available Wednesday-Friday
    • November-March: Saturday-Sunday 10-4pm. Discovery Visits available Thursday-Friday

Planning Your Visit

Planning your visit couldn’t be easier with the help of our resources. However if you need more details or have specific questions about your trip or our Free Self-Led or Expert Led visits, please get in touch with our Education Booking Team on 0370 333 0606

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