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 one of the larger villas of Roman Britain. It was at its most extensive in the early 4th century when it included four bath suites, 16 mosaic floors and 11 rooms with under-floor heating.
Today, the rectangular arrangement of the villa is visible. However, the most important feature of the site is a nearly complete mosaic tile floor dating to the 3rd century.
Read more about the history of North Leigh Roman Villa.
Mosaic Open weekends 2020
12th & 13th September 11am-4.30pm
Our newly formed team of volunteers will be opening up the mosaic house again this September. This time they will be joined by EH Conservator Mary Luckhurst who will be undertaking our annual programme of conservation cleaning of the mosaics and stone artifacts. This is a unique opportunity to see conservation in action and ask Mary any questions on caring for our collections. Our knowledgable volunteers will also be on hand to talk more about the Roman way of life and answer questions.
As the mosaics are housed in an enclosed space, access will only be possible by timed ticket, available on a first come first served basis on arrival at site on the day. We are not able to distribute these in advance. Your safety is our main concern so at busy times it may not be possible for everyone who wishes to view the mosaics to do so. You may wish to visit at lunchtime when the Open Days tend to be quietest although our conservation team will be taking a break from their work between 1pm-2pm.
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.