Set in the heart of a gorgeous Cotswold valley, you’ll find the remains of one of Britain’s most impressive Roman villas. Rediscovered by the Victorians, Chedworth Roman Villa is the perfect family attraction during your stay in the area.
It’s the series of mosaics that make this site special, and they offer a fascinating peek into Britain’s Roman past, and friendly volunteers hold guided tours to make sure you don’t miss a thing as you make your way around. If you have a specific area of interest, look out for the specialist talks and tours that are held throughout the year too.
The villa’s also home to a museum, packed with artefacts unearthed right onsite during the numerous excavations. You’ll see jewellery, coins and all kinds of items that tell the story of the lives that once touched the site. And, while you’re there, pause for a moment to reflect on the offerings that were once left for the water goddess at the Nymphaeum, still fed by ancient water that makes its way through the Cotswold limestone.
When you’ve seen all there is to see inside the villa, you’ll be able to wander the local footpaths – Macmillan Way and Monarch’s Way. And, if you’re keen to take in the views, enjoy the woods above the site before you go – what a spot for a picnic with the kids.