About Us

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. It’s a great day out rain or shine.

Also enjoy our award winning Forum Café which serves local food and drink and is open to all-year-round, whether you are visiting the museum or not.

The heritage site is owned and operated by the Oglander Roman Trust (Registered Charity 1128326)

Remembering Ambrosia

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One of the mosaics at Brading, is believed to represent Ambrosia who was turned into a grape vine to save her from the unwelcome attentions of King Lycurgus.  At Brading…

The Gallus Mosaic

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This weeks post discusses the origins and symbolism of the cockerel headed figure in one of our mosaic floors.  This mosaic is particularly special as its the only known one…

Wall Plaster

Phoenix and Peacocks

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At present we are closed, but we hope to rise again like a phoenix. The image of the phoenix has inspired and sustained many over thousands of years and across…

Brading Roman Villa outside view

Why the Romans conquered Britain

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This week our blog has been written by Ben And Jasmine   It was over 2000 years ago that the Romans invaded Britain. They wanted to use the natural resources,…

Coronavirus Closure

The health and safety of our visitors, staff and volunteers is paramount, and therefore in light of the most recent government recommendations, we are closing as of 20th March, until further notice.

Your support as visitors, friends and donors is more important now than ever. We have substantial ongoing overhead costs that will need to be met despite our loss of income from visitors and events. Accordingly, we would be very grateful to any of you who feel able to make a donation, however small...