Your Visit

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. We are currently operating with fewer staff and volunteers than previously so we appreciate your assistance during your visit.

At the moment, the museum can only be entered if you have a pre-booked ticket – please see details set out below.

Please be aware that some areas of the museum and visitor centre will be closed until it is safe to open them. These include:

  • The Café
  • The temporary exhibition room
  • The education and activity space

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.
  • Before your booked time slot,  you may enjoy the grounds whilst adhering to social distance guidelines and do not congregate around the main doors. Queuing for entry 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.
  • Every Monday we will release new bookings for new dates later in the week. You can book up to midnight the day before you’d like to visit.
  • 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.
  • For groups of 10+ and Friends of Brading Roman Villa, please contact the museum in advance to book your visit. Email: info@bradingromanvilla.org.uk or tel: 01983 406223
  • Due to limited spaces, we’re asking that you only book once in a week to allow others a chance to visit.

 When you arrive:

  • To comply with government guidance, you will be required to wear a face covering to enter the museum. This is because the entrance to the museum is via the shop. (This does not apply to under 11s or people excluded due to health conditions).
  • 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. Unfortunately, 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.
  • Our visitors are the heart of our business and we want you to enjoy Brading Roman Villa safely. In order to help reduce the risk of a local outbreak of coronavirus, we are taking contact details of all visitors, as well as recording the time of entering the museum. In line with guidance issued by the government, we will keep your details for 21 days. We will only share them with NHS Test and Trace, if asked, in the event of a fellow visitor testing positive for coronavirus. Your cooperation in helping us to keep our visitors, staff and the wider community safe is greatly appreciated.
  • We would also ask that those who are eligible to apply Gift Aid to their ticket price of entry, complete the short form available when your ticket will be checked. Gift Aid is really important to us and helps with our sustainability and for you to support us further.

 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.
  • 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 it is safe to open them including the café, education & activity room and the temporary exhibition space.
  • 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 and we ask you to observe a maximum of  two people, socially distanced or one family group in at one time. 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.

FAQs

Are you open?

We are pleased to announce that we are now open on selected dates throughout August and September.

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 (3pm).

NB: Entry will only be allowed via pre-booked tickets.

Will my time in the museum be restricted?

Yes, we ask you to book a specific time and date for entry, so we can manage visitor numbers on-site.

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?

Unfortunately, we are not offering refunds. Tickets are non-refundable even if they are unused.

 Why is there a booking fee on my tickets?

Due to Covid 19 restrictions and guidelines placed on the museum for reopening safely and to help reduce the amount of contact between staff and visitors a new online ticket system has been introduced.  The booking fee helps to cover our costs for using this system which means the full ticket value can be used to support the museum and ensure we can remain open.

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 Café be open?

No, unfortunately we are unable to open the café at this time.

Face coverings

We will require you to wear a face mask during your visit.

(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?

The shop will have limited access and stock. If you wish to purchase an item you must speak with a member of staff first who will be able to help and advise you.

Can I bring my own picnic?

Yes, you can. You are welcome to have your picnic within the at the grounds provided that social distancing guidelines 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 when 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 2.00-3.00pm. Timed 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 3pm and the gates locked by 3.30pm so we kindly ask that you leave the carpark 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 3pm. The gates will be locked at 3.30pm.

If your question has not been answered above, please email info@bradingromanvilla.org.uk and we will respond to your question as soon as possible.

 

Opening times

We will be open on selected dates during August and September for pre-paid booked slots. These dates will be updated and available for purchase every Monday. Please click here to book your day and time. We look forward to seeing you soon.      

Admission prices

Adults £9.50 Child* £4.75 Family** £25.00 Online Booking Only

*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)

Getting here

Morton Old Road, Brading
Isle of Wight, PO36 0PH

If you are travelling to the villa using a sat nav, please use the postcode PO36 0EN

Car

Take the A3055 from Ryde to Sandown. After leaving Brading turn right 300 metres past the traffic lights, into Morton Old Road, then follow the signs to Brading Roman Villa.

Bus

Take the Southern Vectis Bus Service Number 3 from Ryde or Sandown and ask the driver for Brading Roman Villa. Follow the signs after alighting.

Train

Take the Island Line train service to Brading Station, then walk through The village towards Sandown and follow the signs to Brading Roman Villa after the Yarbridge crossroads.

Book tickets

Adults £9.50 Child* £4.75 Family** £25.00 Online Booking Only

*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.

Pre-book your tickets here.

Forum Cafe

The panoramic views overlooking Sandown Bay provide a relaxed and delightful setting for the Forum Café. The Romans were famous for their love of fine food and feasting and would have appreciated this view every day.

 

Facilities

Brading Roman Villa offers a range of facilities to make your visit to the Museum comfortable.

  • There is plenty of free parking on site and many designated  Disabled Spaces for blue-badge holders.

  • The Museum does not have a cloakroom but it does have space where coats and bags can be left. Any property left here is at the owner’s own risk.

  • Still photography is permitted in the museum and grounds for personal use, not commercial. Photography using a stand, tripods, special lighting or other equipment is not permitted. Permission for specialist photos can be given by permit. To enquire call 01983 406223

  • It is not possible to hire the gallery for private functions however you can hire the café, visitor centre and outside space. Visit our venue hire page for more details.

  • Unfortunately, we are unable to offer an identification or valuation service. Some larger museums, such as the British Museum, offer an identification service by appointment in individual departments. However, please note that museums are bound by a strict Code of Ethics and you may be required to demonstrate appropriate collection history until at least 1970 and appropriate export documentation.

    Your local Finds Liaison Officer may also be able to help and can be found using finds.org.uk/contacts

  • Free WiFi is available. When visiting the museum or café please ask a member of staff for details.

  • The toilets, including disabled facilities, are located in the main visitor centre and are accessible for wheelchairs, walking aids and pushchairs.

  • Baby-changing facilities are available in the disabled toilet located in the main visitor centre.

  • Our shop is home to a unique range of gifts inspired by our Roman Heritage and environment. Every purchase helps to support our museum and allows us to continue to protect and conserve the collection.

  • The museum can be hot in the summer and cold during the winter. The environment is monitored and recorded. Due to the change in temperatures it is advised to plan your visit accordingly.

  • We’re very sorry, but food and drink is not permitted in the Museum. Please join us in protecting our objects from harm.

  • The café offers child friendly food and has highchairs available.

Shop

Our shop is home to a unique range of gifts inspired by our Roman Heritage and environment. Every purchase helps to support our museum and allows us to continue to protect and conserve the collection.

The products on offer include jewellery made by local silversmiths, a wide range of books, locally produced food hampers, Roman inspired souvenirs and a wide range of affordable children’s products.

With helpful and knowledgeable retail staff available to help, why not drop in for that unique gift.

Accessibility

Brading Roman Villa is housed in a modern building that is designed for safe and easy access for people of all ages and mobility. The whole site and café are accessible by wheelchair and there is one available for use from the front desk. There are three dedicated disabled spaces in the main car park.

From the car park there is a smooth pavement that rises slightly on a gradient to the front door 40m from the car park. There are electric doors to gain entry to the front of the building. BRV offer free entry entitlement for carers or support workers when accompanying a disabled visitor.

  • The floor throughout the building is level apart from one section inside the museum where there is a ramp which takes you into a position overlooking the mosaics. All areas are accessible by wheelchair.

    The villa has volunteer guides who provide an introduction to the villa for all visitors. Our volunteers have been trained on how to support all visitors and they are capable of adapting what they say and do to meet visitors’ needs once they are informed.  The handrail is at a uniform height and can be used to guide visitors around the museum as well as indicating the shape of the rooms. 

    There are sensory models of the villa and the artefacts for visitors to handle.  There are seats around the museum for visitors to use and once they have paid they can enter the museum as many times as they like during their visit. 

  • Access is through double doors from the foyer entrance and assistance dogs on leads are very welcome. Orders are taken at the counter in the café.  Food orders are served to the table and except on the busiest of days, it should be possible for the counter staff to carry drinks to the chosen table as well. 

    The floor is carpeted and the walls have a variety of paintings, these reduce noise bouncing off the walls, making the café a more peaceful place for everyone.  By the café is a terrace with panoramic views of the whole of Sandown Bay.  This area can be used by visitors with dogs. 

  • The disabled toilet is 10m from the café and also has a baby changing station.  It is 3m by 2m and has fittings standard to a disabled toilet.

  • Guide dogs, hearing dogs and assistance dogs are welcome throughout the Museum.

  • A limited number of adult wheelchairs are available and may either be booked in advance by telephoning 01983 406223 or borrowed on the day by asking a member of staff at the front desk.

Learning

Groups booking a visit to Brading Roman Villa can have a guided tour led by a trained learning guide. It takes between 45 and 60 minutes. The accompanying talk is tailored by the age and needs of the group as well as what they ask as they walk around the Villa.