The remains of North Leigh Roman Villa are set within a peaceful landscape on the banks of the river Evenlode in Oxfordshire. This ‘courtyard villa’ is considered to be one of the larger villas of Roman Britain. It was at its most extensive in the early 4th century, when it included three bath suites, 16 mosaic floors and 11 rooms with under-floor heating.
Today, two ranges of the former courtyard arrangement of the villa are visible. The most important feature of the site is a fine mosaic tile floor dating to the early 4th century.
Read more about the history of North Leigh Roman Villa.
Mosaic Open weekend - Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th September 2021 11am-5pm each day
Our enthusiastic team of volunteers will be opening up the mosaic house and be on hand to tell you more about the villa and Roman life. Visitors will also have the chance to meet our Roman Coin expert and have the rare opportunity to view the mosaic being cleaned, learning more about how English Heritage cares for its collection.
During 2020 our volunteers supported our visitors during the pandemic by holding some very successful Covid-safe open days. You can read more about their success here.
Before You Go
Access: Access to the site is via an uneven farm track, which can become muddy in wet weather and may be unsuitable for wheelchairs or mobility scooters. There are 5 steps down to reach the mosaic building - these are in good condition with a sturdy bannister.
Opening times: The site is accessible all year round.
Parking: There is parking space for several cars in a lay-by on the roadside, directly opposite the farm track down to the villa. There is a walk of approximately 0.5km down a farm track to the site entrance.
Facilities: There are no facilities onsite. The market town of Woodstock is located approximately 10km away where there are public toilets and plenty of places to eat and shop.
Group visits: Our volunteer team may be able to facilitate group visits to view the mosaics. Booking is essential and is subject to availability, please email FSWEnquiries@english-heritage.org.uk.
Please be aware: 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.
Dogs: Dogs on leads are welcome.
Plan a Great Day Out
Why not complete your day out with a visit to the beautiful, Baroque Abingdon County Hall Museum and enjoy its fine rooftop views?
You could also explore the extensive, picturesque, riverside remains of Minster Lovell Hall - a popular spot for family picnics.
Or why not head up to the extensive earthwork remains of the 11th century castle at Deddington, associated with Odo, Bishop of Bayeux and half-brother of William the Conqueror.