Rockbourne Roman Villa is located near Fordingbridge in a picturesque and peaceful part of Hampshire close to the New Forest.
The villa once stood in the centre of a large farming estate, and is the largest known Roman villa in the area. It's history spans the period from the Iron Age through to the 5th century AD.
Today you can walk around the remains of the villa and visit the site museum which displays many of the fascinating objects found on the site and shows what life was like for the Roman Britons who lived here over 1600 years ago.
Rockbourne Villa was discovered in 1942 by a farmer digging out a ferret who found oyster shells and tiles. Local antiquarian, the late A T Morley Hewitt recognised its significance and devoted the next 30 years to unearthing the villa.
The villa site includes bath houses, living quarters, farm buildings and workshops. Visitors can see the best mosaics, part of the underfloor heating system and the outline of the Villa's forty rooms.
Children's activity sheets and Teachers Resource information is available
.The hypocaust - underfloor heating system ar Rockbourne