The remains of Crofton Roman Villa in Orpington, Kent: Roman history for the community

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 REMINDER: the villa has closed for the winter, but will open again on Sunday 2nd April, 2017.

LOGO: London Borough of Bromley and the Kent Archaeological Rescue Unit.

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Crofton Roman Villa
Crofton Road

Easter fun at Crofton Roman Villa 2017.

Growing up as a Roman Child.

Wednesdays: 5th April & 12th April,
Friday:            7th April.

picture of children working at the villa

What was it like to be a Roman baby & did Roman children go to school? Find out the answers, make a lucky charm and do a quiz to win your Roman citizen certificate.

Parking available off York Rise, adjacent Orpington Railway Station.

Sessions at 10.30am and 2.00pm;

For up to 11 year olds;

Children must be accompanied;

No booking needed;

Entry £4 per child, adult carer free.

picture of children working at the villa

About the Villa.

The Crofton Roman Villa house was occupied from about AD 140 to 400 and was the centre of a farming estate of about 500 acres. Nearby would have been farm buildings, surrounded by fields, meadows and woods.

The house was altered several times during its 260 years of occupation and at its largest probably had at least 20 rooms.

The remains of ten rooms can be seen today, now within a modern cover building. Two rooms contain the remains of their opus signinum (concrete) floors, and three have evidence of tessellated (tiled) floors. Details of the under-floor central heating (hypocaust) can be seen, which features both channelled and pillared systems.
See 'The Villa Story' 

What's provided at the Villa.

  1. Guided talk/recorded commentary on the villa by an archaeologist;
  2. Graphic displays of the excavations and villa
  3. The Touch Table with a selection of Roman finds from the excavation for handling;
  4. Replica Roman everyday objects, including pots, jewellery, lamps and writing tablets;
  5. Activities for children -- Roman games to play, mosaic making, dressing up as Romans and digging for finds in the excavation tray;
  6. Roman soldier 'rubbings';
  7. Gift shop selling guide books, postcards, souvenirs and books on local archaeology;
  8. SPECIAL activity workshops for Schools. Two hour sessions. (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday) £3 per child.
  9. SPECIAL Facility for Societies. Sunday afternoons 1st of each month. Special guided tour of Roman villa for pre-booked societies and groups (minimum 20) by the excavation director, Brian Philp. Normal charges apply, plus a donation to KARU.

Excavation and Preservation.

The site was fully excavated by the Kent Archaeological Rescue Unit which also carried out the complete preservation scheme, with funding provided by Bromley Council.

The Unit now manages the scheme in conjunction with the Council.

Where are we?

IMAGE: Map graphic showing the location of the Crofton villa situated next to Orpington railway station.

Bus routes: 61, 208 353,R2 and R7.
Car Parking available off York Rise

Opening Times:

2nd April to 27th October 2017.

Wednesdays & Fridays: 10am to 1pm &
2 to 5pm.
Sundays: (1st in the month only) (includes guided tour by an archaeologist.) 2 to 5pm.
Bank Holiday Mondays: 10am to 1pm &
2 to 5pm.

Last entry 4.30pm.

ADMISSION: Adults £1.50; Concessions £1.00;
Family £4.00 (4 people inc. children -- additional child 50p)

Access for people with disabilities.

Staffed by the Kent Archaeological Rescue Unit (KARU).

Information and Bookings.


Kent Archaeological Rescue Unit
18 Highfield Avenue

Information for Schools (2017).  


Activities 2017.   

The following special activities will be held at the villa in 2017.

Villa brochure and poster.

The 2017 Crofton Villa brochure.

(Please note that there is nothing in the brochure that is not in these Crofton Roman Villa pages and elsewhere on the site.)

2017 Crofton Villa leaflet.
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