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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A photograph showing the inside of Crofton Roman Villa
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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

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Take to the Roman stage!

  • 1 April 2015 *on now
  • 8 April 2015
  • 10 April 2015
  • 22 July 2015
  • 29 July 2015

Discover all the fun of Roman theatre & join in a miming story of an ancient Roman legend ‘The Geese that saved Rome’. Make a colourful ‘Roman’ theatre mask to take home.

Sessions at 10.30am and 2.00pm.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

BOOKING NEEDED. Call: 07805138465 or email: crofton.roman.villa@gmail.com. Children to be accompanied.
Entry £4.00 per child, adult carer

July Festival of Archaeology

  • 22 July 2015
  • 29 July 2015

Discover the secrets of the Villa house with a guided talk and Roman artefacts. Complete a family villa quiz - with a badge & certificate for children & a free Kent Excavations book for the adults!

Sessions at 10.30am and 2.00pm.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Normal admission charges apply

Heroic Roman Adventures!

  • 5 August 2015
  • 12 August 2015
  • 19 August 2015
  • 26 August 2015

Join us to listen to unbelievable stories of ancient heroes and their fantastic adventures. Take part in a quiz and make a fabulous heroic picture to take home.

5th Pegasus, the Prince & the Monster
12th Hercules meets a fearsome beast & holds up the sky
19th Persephone captured by the King of the Underworld
26th Theseus & the Monster Minotaur

Sessions at 10.30 and 14.00

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10

Admission

Entry £4.00 per child, adult carer free.

Fun with Roman pots!

  • 7 August 2015
  • 14 August 2015
  • 21 August 2015
  • 28 August 2015

Discover what the Romans used for cooking, eating and drinking. Handle real Roman pottery nearly 2,000 years old. Then you can make your own clay pot to take home!

Sessions at 10.30am and 2.00pm.

For up to 11 year olds. No booking needed.

Children to be accompanied.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 5-6

Admission

Entry £4.00 per child, adult carer free.

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