Chedworth Roman Villa
Yanworth, nr Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL54 3LJ.
Tel: +44 (0)1242 890256
website for current opening times and admission charges.
Chedworth Roman Villa Description
Chedworth Roman Villa is sited in beautiful wooded surroundings in the heart of the Cotswolds. The villa complex is the remains of one of Britain's largest Romano-British villas in Britain of which the National Trust has administered it since 1924.
A gamekeeper digging for a ferret accidentally discovered the 1,700-year-old stately home in 1864. After the discovery, the Earl of Eldon who owned the estate financed the archaeological excavations of the villa complex over a two-year period. Lord Eldon also built a small museum on the site to house the discovered artefacts.
During the excavations, archaeologist, Mr James Farrer, discover mosaics, hypocausts, bathhouses and latrines.
With the Roman towns of Glevum and Corinium Dobunnorum nearby and several Roman roads in the area including Ermine Street and the Fosse Way just a few of miles away it is inevitable that several Roman sites have been discovered near to the villa site.
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Chedworth Roman Villa Visitor Information
The 2009 opening dates and times are:
3rd March - 15th November
Sunday: 10.00am - 5.00pm (4.99pm from 25th October)
Child (3-16) £3.50
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