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

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Please note new days/times for 2019:

  • Tuesdays and Wednesdays: 10am to 1pm & 2pm to 3.30pm (last entry 3pm).
  • Bank Holiday Mondays:         10am to 1pm & 2pm to 3.30pm (last entry 3pm).
  • First Sunday in each month:   2pm to 4.30pm (last entry 4pm).
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Crofton Roman Villa
Crofton Road

Half term fun at Crofton Roman Villa.

Tuesday 28th & Wednesday 29th May 2019.

Travel back in time to Roman Bromley and discover fascinating facts about the Romans.

Children can see and handle everyday Roman objects on our touch table, dress as Romans, dig for finds in our excavation tray, do a Roman soldier brass rubbing and play with replica Roman toys. You'll be amazed what you can learn!

Open 10am to 3.30pm (last entry 3pm).

Adults £1.50, Concessions £1.00, Family of four £4.00 each additional child 50p.

picture of Roman pots

Parking available off York Rise, adjacent Orpington Railway Station.

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 30th October 2019.

Tuesdays & Wednesdays:
Last entry 3pm.
10am to 1pm &
2 to 3.30 pm.
Sundays: (1st in the month only) (includes guided tour by an archaeologist.) Last entry 4pm. 2 to 4.30pm.
Bank Holiday Mondays:
Last entry 3pm.
10am to 1pm &
2 to 3.30pm.

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 (2019).

School activities in 2019.

Villa brochure and poster.

The 2019 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.)

2019 Crofton Villa leaflet.