Crofton Roman Villa

Crofton Roman Villa
Crofton Road
Orpington
Kent
BR6 8AF
England

Website

Council for Kentish Archaeology website

www.the-cka.fsnet.co.uk

Borough of Bromley website

www.bromley.gov.uk/leisure/museums/crofton_roman_villa.htm

E-mail

crofton.roman.villa@gmail.com

Telephone

01689 860939

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Crofton Roman Villa is the only villa open to the public in Greater London. It was inhabited from about AD 140 to 400 and was the centre of a large farming estate. Today you can see the remains of 10 rooms protected inside a public viewing building. Remains include tiled (tessellated) floors and the under-floor heating system (hypocaust).

The Villa is managed on behalf of the London Borough of Bromley by Kent Archaeological Rescue Unit.

What's provided at the Villa:
* Short talk by an archaeologist.
* Graphic displays of the excavations and villa.
* A touch table with a selection of Roman finds from the excavation for handling.
* Replica Roman everyday objects including pots, jewellery, lamps and writing tablet.
* Activities for children: Roman games to play, mosaic making and dressing up as a Roman.
* Sales desk including guide book, postcards, souvenirs and books on local archaeology.
* Special activity workshops for schools, two hour sessions (Wed, Thurs, Fri). £3.00 per child. Please contact us to arrange a session.
* Special events for children over the Easter and summer holidays.
* Special guided tours for groups and societies, please book in advance

Venue Type:

Archaeological site

Opening hours

2nd April - 31st October 2014
Wed & Fri: 10.00-13.00 & 14.00-17.00*
Sun (1st in the month only): 14.00-17.00*
Bank Holiday Mon: 10.00-13.00 & 14.00-17.00*
*last entry 16.30

Closed: November-March

Admission charges

Adults:£1.50
Children: £1.00
OAPs: £1.00
Family Ticket (based on 4): £4.00, each additional child 50p.
Special Activity Workshops for schools: £4.00 per child
There are extra charges for some special events.

Our villa holds some of the finds from Crofton Roman Villa: everyday objects such as samian pot and cooking pot, parts of the house such as roof tiles and tessera pieces and some of the animal bones that would have been on the farm. All of our finds are available to handle: there aren't any glass cases at Crofton Roman Villa. We encourage young and old alike to get involved with archaeology: to touch and feel these finds, and get an understanding for Roman history.

We also have replica objects such as jewellery, Roman games and toys and Roman wax tablets to further develop an understanding of everyday Roman life.

Collection details

Archaeology

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Colour photograph of Keston Roman Tombs

Keston Roman Tombs Open 2014

  • 28 September 2014 11am-4pm

A special opportunity to visit monumental Roman Tombs, not normally open to the public.
Visitors will be able to see the large circular stone tomb and nearby rectangular tomb, which 1800 years ago contained a carved stone coffin.
Volunteers will give free guided talks, with finds, displays and bookstalls.
As an added attraction, volunteers from Age UK Bromley and Greenwich will be serving tea and cakes from 11am – 3.30pm with proceeds going to their Snowdon Mountain Challenge.
Free entry.
PLEASE NOTE: PEDESTRIAN ACCESS ONLY. Parking at Keston Ponds/Heathfield Road with a five minute walk.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

Brambletye
Westerham Road
Keston
Kent
BR2 6AG
England

Getting there

PEDESTRIAN ACCESS ONLY. PARKING AT KESTON PONDS/HEATHFIELD ROAD

Additional info

PEDESTRIAN ACCESS ONLY. PARKING AT KESTON PONDS/HEATHFIELD ROAD

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