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

To allow us to monitor visitor numbers there are timed slots for the museum which you can choose when booking.

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.

How to book:

 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.
  • Please have your ticket ready to show our staff either on your phone or a printed copy.
  • If you are paying on arrival please consider Gift Aid. If you are a UK taxpayer and you make a Gift Aid 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:

  • Face masks are no longer a requirement, however if you wish to wear one we do have some available free of charge.
  • We advise you to follow social distancing where possible.
  • 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.
  • 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 7 days, please do not visit the museum and contact 111 for advice.
  • Any children in your group must be supervised at all times.
  • 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 look forward to welcoming you back and will keep these guidelines under review.


Are you open?

We are pleased to announce that we are now open Tuesday to Saturday. 10am-4pm (Museum last entry 3pm)

Is my ticket for a specific day and time?

Yes, all tickets are valid only on the specified date and time.

NB: You can purchase tickets on the day from reception however we advise that you purchase tickets in advance of your visit to avoid queuing during busy periods.

Will my time in the museum be restricted?

No.  We ask you to book a specific time and date for museum entry, so we can manage visitor numbers on-site. The café, 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 ask you to book in advance an entry ticket in order for us to manage numbers  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.

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 managed by the Art Fund, Art Tickets platform, 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?

Tickets can either be presented on paper or on a smart phone/tablet.

Will the Café be open?

Yes, the café is open 10am-3pm. Last food orders at 2.30pm. We have a lunch menu of hot/cold drinks, sandwiches, cakes and soup.

Take away options will be available and outside seating.

Face coverings

Face masks are no longer a requirement. However you will be mixing with people outside of your group and may wish to wear one. We can provide masks free of charge if you require one.

 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 are welcome to have your picnic within the grounds. Please remove all rubbish and use the bins provided.

 Is there wheelchair access?

Yes, our Museum, shop and café are all accessible. Please note that as a rural site our outside grounds are a blend of stone, gravel and some uneven earth pathways. We are able to offer the loan of Museum wheelchairs  but these are used at your own risk and we do not accept any responsibility for injury, accident or loss to you or others when in use.

Will the toilets remain open?

Yes, the toilets are open.

Will the accessible toilet be open?

Yes, the accessible 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 inside the museum, café 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 museum entry is 3pm.  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?

Last entry to the Museum is 3pm, the Museum closes at 4pm. The gates will be locked at 4.30pm.

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

Data collection for NHS Track & Trace

Recording customer details: how we use your information

To support NHS Test and Trace (which is part of the Department for Health and Social Care) in England, DHSC has provided guidance which we have chosen to follow. The guidance recommends that we collect and keep a limited record of staff, customers and visitors who come onto our premises for the purpose of contact tracing. You are not obliged to provide this information and do not have to participate.

By maintaining records of staff, customers and visitors, and sharing these with NHS Test and Trace where requested, we can help to identify people who may have been exposed to coronavirus.

As a visitor to Brading Roman Villa you may be asked to provide some basic information and contact details. The following information will be collected:

  • the names of all customers or visitors
  • a contact phone number for each customer or visitor
  • date of visit

The venue or establishment as the data controllers for the collection of your personal data, will be responsible for compliance with data protection legislation for the period of time it holds the information. If that information is requested by the NHS Test and Trace service, the service would at this point be responsible for compliance with data protection legislation for that period of time. NHS Test and Trace as part of safeguarding your personal data, has in place technical, organisational and administrative security measures to protect your personal information that it receives from the venue or establishment, that it holds from loss, misuse, and unauthorised access, disclosure, alteration and destruction.

NHS Test and Trace as part of its guidance, has recommended that we retain this information for 21 days from the date of your visit, to enable contact tracing to be carried out by NHS Test and Trace during that period. We will only share information with NHS Test and Trace if it is specifically requested by them. For example, if other customers at the venue subsequently tested positive, NHS Test and Trace can request the log of customer, visitor and staff details on a particular day.

We may require you to pre-book appointments for visits or to complete a form on arrival.

Under government guidance, the information we collect may include information which we would not ordinarily collect from you and which we therefore collect only for the purpose of contact tracing. Information of this type will not be used for other purposes, and NHS Test and Trace will not disclose this information to any third party unless required to do so by law (for example, as a result of receiving a court order). In addition, where the information is only collected for the purpose of contact tracing it will be destroyed by us 21 days after the date of your visit.

However, the government guidance may also cover information that we would usually collect and hold onto as part of our ordinary dealings with you (perhaps, for example, your name and phone number). Where this is the case, this information only will continue to be held after 21 days and we will use it as we usually would, unless and until you tell us not to.

Your information will always be stored and used in compliance with the relevant data protection legislation. The use of your information is covered by the UK General Data Protection Regulations Article 6 (1) (f) – legitimate interests of the venue or establishment. The legitimate interest in this case is the interest of the venue/establishment in co-operating with NHS Test and Trace in order to help maintain a safe operating environment and to help fight any local outbreak of coronavirus.

Collection of information from or about children under the age of 18 requires the consent of their parent or guardian.

We do not transfer personal data outside the UK, the EU or to anywhere else.

By law, you have a number of rights as a data subject, such as the, right to be informed, the right to access information held about you, the right to rectification on any inaccurate data that we hold about you. You have the right to request that we erase personal data about you that we hold (although this is not an absolute right). You have the right to request that we restrict processing of personal data about you that we hold in certain circumstances. You have the right to object to processing of personal data about you on grounds relating to your particular situation (also again this right is not absolute). If you are unhappy or wish to complain about how your information is used, you should contact a member of staff in the first instance to resolve your issue.

If you are still not satisfied, you can complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office.

We keep our privacy notice under regular review.

Opening times

Spring Opening: Tuesday – Saturday
Museum: 10am – 4pm (last entry: 3pm)
Cafe: 10am – 4pm (last food orders: 3pm)
Closed: Sunday & Monday

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


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.


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.


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

With donation
Without donation
Adult £11.49 £10.45
Concessions £10.78 £9.80
Child (5-16 Years)
£5.94 £5.40
Family (2 adults and up to 3 children)
£31.46 £28.60
If you are a UK taxpayer an additional way to support the museum is by using GiftAid. It will mean that for every £1 you give on admissions we get an extra 25p back. The rules governing Gift Aid on admissions to chartable attractions like us changed from 6 April 2006. The Government’s rules state that we are only able to claim Gift aid on daily admission tickets if visitors donate at least 10% more than the standard admission fee. Tickets including donation are available from the reception desk when you come to visit.

Pre-book your tickets here.

Forum Coffee Shop

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.



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

  • 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.


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.


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.


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.