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

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

Half-term fun at Crofton Roman Villa.

Wednesday 1st June
Friday 3rd June.

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!

Parking available off York Rise, adjacent Orpington Railway Station.

Open 10am to 4.30pm

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

See what Roman Bromley was like 1,800 years ago!

July Festival of Archaeology — Hayes Archaeology.

Wednesday 27th July
Friday 29th July
Sunday 31st July.

Special exhibition on the Archaeology of Hayes with artefacts & displays from the Neolithic & Bronze Age sites, and the Roman Bath House.

Parking available off York Rise, adjacent Orpington Railway Station.

Normal open hours & admission charges apply.
No booking needed.

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Crofton Roman Villa
Crofton Road

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 and 353.
Car Parking available off York Rise

Opening Times:

28th March to 28th October 2016.

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 5pm.

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 (2016).  


Activities 2016.  NEW

The following special activities will be held at the villa in 2016.

Villa brochure and poster.

The 2016 Poster.

2016 Crofton Villa Poster (2Mb).  

The 2016 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.)

2016 Crofton Villa leaflet (2mb).  
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