Brading Roman Villa is one of the finest Roman sites in the UK. Our award-winning Visitor Centre and Museum offers a unique insight into Roman life in Britain from beautifully preserved mosaic floors to an extensive collection of Roman archaeology.
We are excited to welcome you back and we want to make your visit as safe and enjoyable as possible. This means there will be some changes to the way you visit.
We are admitting fewer people into the museum and grounds, so we can provide a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone and we are currently operating with fewer staff and volunteers than previously so we appreciate your assistance during your visit.
Please be aware that some areas of the museum, visitor centre and activities will be closed. These include:
- The temporary exhibition room
- The education and activity space (except for pre booked school groups)
- Guided Tours
There are timed slots for the museum lasting for 1 hour, which you can chose when booking. This will give you enough time to arrive, enjoy the museum and leave in time to allow the next booked slot to enter safely. If you arrive without a booked ticket you may not be permitted in to the museum.
Please have your ticket ready to show our staff either on your phone or a printed copy. You may need to queue for a short time while tickets are being checked, this will be at 2m spaces located outside, under partial cover, so please be prepared to stand out in the Great British weather during this short time. This system will allow other visitors to leave the museum at a safe distance. If you arrive late, we will not be able to guarantee you immediate entry. Entry will be at the discretion of our staff based on the number of people already in the building and grounds. Please arrive within 10 minutes of the start time of your ticket as we are not able to provide refunds for any no-shows or late arrivals.
How to book:
- Please book tickets using our online booking system.
- The museum will only be able to allow a set amount of people in at one time. This means we will have timed slots lasting for 1 hour, which you can choose when booking. This will give you enough time to arrive, enjoy the museum and leave in time to allow the next booked slot to enter safely.
- From Monday 17th May indoor gatherings will be limited to 6 people or 2 households (each household can include a support bubble, if eligible). COVID-19 Secure venues, such as restaurants and hospitality venues which include museums, can host larger numbers in total but groups of up to 6 must not mix or form larger groups. We have amended our online ticket booking service to reflect this.
- It is a legal requirement for everyone over the age of 16 entering the building to register on the NHS Test and Trace system. We have NHS QR codes on entry to the building and manual forms for those who can not access the app. If you do not wish to participate we will be unable to allow you entry into the museum and visitor centre.
- To comply with government guidance, you will be required to wear a face mask to enter the museum. (This does not apply to under 11s or people excluded due to health conditions).
- Before and after your booked time slot, we ask that while enjoying the grounds and outside space you adhere to social distance guidelines and do not congregate around the main doors.At present, if you do not have a ticket you will not be admitted. However, we will be keeping this and all the other guidelines under review.
- Online bookings are available here.
- School groups, Coach Tours and Friends of Brading Roman Villa, please contact the museum in advance to discuss bookings. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or tel: 01983 406223
When you arrive:
- Please arrive within 10 minutes of the start time of your ticket. You may need to queue for a short time while tickets are checked. If you arrive late, we’ll not be able to guarantee you immediate entry. Entry will be at the discretion of our staff based on the number of people already in the building and grounds. We are not able to provide refunds for any no-shows or late arrivals.
- Please have your ticket ready to show our staff either on your phone or a printed copy.
- Gift Aid If you are a UK taxpayer and you make a donation, the Museum can claim back extra money from the government through the Gift Aid scheme. This means that your donation is worth even more to the Museum. For every pound paid, we can claim back £0.25, so if your donation was £10 we can claim back an extra £2.50. By checking the box to Gift Aid while making a donation, you confirm that you agree to this statement.
During your visit:
- You will be required to wear a face covering to enter the museum.
- For all our safety you are required to please follow government advice around social distancing when you visit. There are 2m space markers around the museum to help aid you. Any children in your group must be supervised at all times.
- You must not meet with people from other households socially in groups of more than 6 inside the museum buildings. Groups of up to 6 must not mix or form larger groups.
- Our staff will greet you at a distance. They will be wearing facemasks and will have a screen at the till point. They will indicate where the start of our one-way system is for your visit.
- Unfortunately, some spaces are closed until after 21st June including the education & activity room and the temporary exhibition space.
- We are currently unable to offer guided tours.
- You are welcome to bring your own food and drink to the outdoor area of our site and make use of our picnic areas, but we ask you please take all rubbish away with you.
- Please use contactless payment when visiting.
- We encourage you to use the hand sanitisers around the site.
- We have increased cleaning in all public areas and especially in areas of high contact.
- Toilets are regularly checked and cleaned. Please wash your hands thoroughly and use hand sanitisers throughout your visit.
- If you have any of the symptoms of coronavirus, or if you have been in contact with anyone that has had the virus in the last 14 days, please do not visit the museum and contact 111 for advice.
- Given the need for safety for all of us, we thank you for observing these guidelines whilst visiting the villa, which will help us to continue to be a safe place for everyone to visit and enjoy.
We thank you for all your support. We look forward to welcoming you back and will keep these guidelines under review as the situation allows.
Are you open?
We are pleased to announce that we are now open on selected days from 19th May.
Is my ticket for a specific day and time?
Yes, all tickets are valid only on the specified date, and entry will only be permitted during the one-hour time slot stated on your ticket, however, visitors can enjoy the outside grounds, whilst observing social distance guidelines, until closing time (4pm).
NB: We advise that you purchase tickets in advance of your visit.
Will my time in the museum be restricted?
Yes, we ask you to book a specific time and date for museum entry, so we can manage visitor numbers on-site. The cafe, shop and grounds are accessible without a ticket.
I am a Friend of Brading Roman Villa Member, do I still need to book and will I have to pay?
If you are a Friend of Brading Roman Villa Member you will still be able to visit for free, but we will need you to book in advance a timed entry ticket by phone in order for us to manage numbers and keep to the government guidelines. This ticket will be free of charge. You will need to present your membership card. If you are visiting with non-Friend members they will have to book via the website as usual. If you cannot keep your booked slot, please let us know as soon as possible so your space can be used by a paying visitor.
Do you offer refunds?
Brading Roman Villa operates a policy of no refunds or exchanges for tickets bought at admissions, booked online or by telephone. Tickets are valid only for the date and time they are booked and cannot be transferred to another date. Credit/debit card transactions are made on a separate secure server, with full encryption of all credit card data. Your credit card details and personal information will not be shared with any other company or organisation. Use of the ticket implies agreement with our museum guidelines. The ticket remains the property of Brading Roman Villa and is not for re-sale, is non-refundable and non-transferable. The management reserves the right to refuse admission to any ticket holder and, in the interest of the public and for safety reasons, we also reserve the right to request visitors to leave the site at any time.
What if I can’t print my ticket?
A valid timed entry ticket must be presented, to gain entry to the Museum. Tickets can either be presented on paper or on a smart phone.
Will the Coffee Shop be open?
Yes, the coffee shop will be open 10am-4pm. We will have a limited menu of hot/cold drinks, cakes and soup.
Government guidelines and Covid 19 safety measures will be adhered to and staff will be on hand to explain procedures whilst visiting.
You will be asked to remain seated at your table and only one person from your table to come to the counter to order.
If all tables are occupied then we will not be able to allow you to stay in the coffee shop area.
Take away options will be available and outside seating.
Please scan our NHS Track and Trace QR code when entering.
We will require you to wear a face mask during your visit in the museum and shop.
(This does not apply to under 11s or people excluded due to health conditions).
Please be aware that not all disabilities are visible, so please be understanding of others who may not be able to follow this rule.
Will the Gift Shop be open?
Yes, the shop will be open and accessible without a ticket.
Can I bring my own picnic?
Yes, you can. You are welcome to have your picnic within the grounds provided that social distancing and government guidelines for outside gatherings are followed. Please remove all rubbish, use the bins provided and make sure you wash your hands before and after eating.
Is there wheelchair access?
Our Museum accessibility has not changed. As a rural site our outside grounds are a blend of stone, gravel and some uneven earth pathways. Unfortunately, we are unable to offer the loan of Museum wheelchairs at this time.
Will the toilets remain open?
Yes, toilets will remain open. We ask you to keep to two people or one family group within both the men and women’s toilets and we ask visitors to keep a 2 metre distance if queuing.
Will the disabled toilet be open?
Yes, the disabled toilet will be open. This space also includes the baby changing facilities.
Can I bring my dog/s?
Dogs are welcome outside in the grounds but not within the museum or visitor centre. We do ask that they are kept on short leads at all times whilst on site.
What time is last entry to site?
The last timed entry slot is 3pm. One hour entry slots are selected at the time of booking starting at 10am. Please note, these are entry times to the museum. The site will close at 4pm and the gates locked by 4.30pm so we kindly ask that you leave the car park by this time.
What time does the Museum open?
The Museum opens at 10am. The gates will be open at 9.30am.
What time does the Museum close?
The Museum closes at 4pm. The gates will be locked at 4.30pm.
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