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We are pleased to announce that we are open Tuesdays to Saturdays.


We recommend you book your museum tickets before arrival to help minimise the queues.

Our cafe, shop and grounds are open. You do not need to buy a ticket to access them.  


Following the government’s introduction of Plan B from 10th December 2021, please note that the wearing of a face covering is now mandatory (unless exempt) when visiting Brading Roman Villa. You are required to do so when inside the museum, reception/lobby, gift shop and toilet areas.

The government has advised that “while cases are high and rising, everybody needs to continue to act carefully and remain cautious” In accordance with industry best practice and guidance, we will continue to maintain social distancing and other Covid mitigation measures, including access to hand sanitiser, use of NHS track & trace app and reduced capacity. We hope you will understand our decision, considering the need to minimise the risk to yourself and others and we hope you will continue to help us protect our staff, volunteers, and other members of the general public, by continuing to practice these measures while visiting us.

Thank you for your support and we hope you enjoy your visit. 


There is a one-way system around the museum, which is easy to follow and we ask that you keep a safe distance apart from those not in your group during your visit.

Staff are on-hand to advise and answer questions if you have any. If you require a mask while you are here, we will be happy to provide you with one free of charge.

Hand sanitiser stations can be found outside the main entrance before you enter and inside the reception.

We’ve introduced extra cleaning measures for your protection.

Due to staff resources online tickets are sold on a monthly basis. If you would like to book for dates in the following month these tickets will be available to purchase at the end of each month on or around the 30th.


Dogs are welcome outside in the grounds but not within the museum, café or visitor centre. We do ask that they are kept on short leads at all times whilst on site.


Please do not visit if you feel unwell or have COVID-19 symptoms.


For more information on your visit and FAQs click here.


* The Museum will continue to monitor government guidance and will adapt our opening arrangements to adhere to any new requirements, therefore please keep an eye on our website and social media channels for any further updates. Last updated 10/12/2021

To be able to ‘open what we can, when we can’ during the summer of 2020, continue to have school visits and re-open in May 2021 we are very grateful to the financial support we have received from our main grant funders, the Arts Council England, DCMS, HM Treasury, Historic England and South East Museum Development Programme, as well as various government led initiatives. We are also grateful to those who have made donations either through our website or via our GoFundMe campaign as well as the Friends of Brading Roman Villa and the Vectis Archaeological Trust.

To be sustainable, as a charity and a self-funded independent museum, we rely on what income we make ourselves. 90% of our income comes directly from our visitors through admissions and the cafe – sadly, whilst we are closed, this income is lost to us and that has had a serious financial impact on the Museum. If you would like to make a donation to support us, please click here.

Situated overlooking Sandown Bay on the Isle of Wight, Brading Roman Villa is one of the finest Roman sites in the UK. Our award-winning Visitor Centre and Museum offer unique insights into Roman life in Britain from beautifully preserved mosaic floors to an extensive collection of Roman archaeology.

Opening times

Winter Opening: Tuesday to Saturday                                     Museum: 10am to 4pm (last entry at 3pm)                                   Cafe: 10am to 3pm (last food orders at 2.30pm)                                     Closed: Sunday & Monday

Admission prices

Adults £9.50 Concessions £8.90 Child* £4.90 Family** £26.00 BOOK TICKETS

*5-16 years | **2 adults and up to 3 children

If you are a UK taxpayer an additional way to support the museum at no extra cost to you is by using GiftAid. It will mean that for every £1 you give on admissions we get an extra 25p back.

Getting here

Morton Old Road, Brading
Isle of Wight, PO36 0PH
(Sat Nav use PO36 0EN)

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