North Leigh Roman Villa Mosaic Open Weekend
English Heritage volunteers will be opening the North Leigh Roman Villa mosaic house to the public from 11 am- 5pm on Saturday 11 & Sunday 12 September. You will have the chance to meet our Roman coin expert and see conservation in action.
Our team of knowledgeable volunteers will also be on hand to tell you more about the history of the villa and Roman life. There is also the rare opportunity to watch the mosaic being cleaned and hear more about how English Heritage cares for its collection.
Set within a peaceful landscape on the banks of the River Evenlode, North Leigh Roman Villa is considered to be one of the largest villas in Roman Britain with a history of occupation spanning 5 centuries. At its most extensive in the early 4th century AD it included 3 bath suites, 16 mosaic floors and 11 rooms with under-floor heating.
Today visitors can imagine the villa’s former richness as they walk through the rectangular footprint of its walls – but the mosaic house hides the real gem of a near complete mosaic floor. The mosaics form the floor of villa’s winter dining room and, as the only example in Oxfordshire still found in their original location, they give a powerful sense of the Villa’s original opulence.
Saturday 11 September: 1100-1700
Sunday 12 September: 1100-1700
No booking required
There is parking space for several cars in a lay-by on the roadside, directly opposite the farm track down to the villa. There is a walk of approximately 0.5km down a farm track to the site entrance. There are no toilet facilities on site.
This event will run in line with local & national government guidelines at the time of the festival.
ground, North Leigh, OX29 6QB West Oxfordshire, United Kingdom