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.

Opening times

Open daily from 10am to 5pm (last admission to the museum 4pm) Cafe will be closed from 3pm on 28th August for the Hoards: Hidden History talk. To reserve tickets call 01983 406223.

Admission prices

Adults £9.50 Students & Seniors £8.75 Child* £4.75 Family** £25.00 *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 Students & Seniors £8.75 Child* £4.75 Family** £25.00 *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, call 01983 406223

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.