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Rockbourne Roman Villa

School visits to Rockbourne Roman Villa

Please contact the Red House, 01202 482860, to express an interest in a visit. Someone from the team will return your call as soon as possible to discuss your requirements and to confirm your booking.

Rockbourne Roman Villa welcomes young visitors to study the Romans. The villa is the largest known Roman villa in the area. Its history spans the period from the Iron Age to the 5th century AD.

We request you make a preliminary visit at a time to suit you. If you cannot make it to the site before your school trip, please ring the museum who will help you with your telephone preliminary, to discuss risk awareness and requirements for the site.

School self led sessions

We welcome groups who wish to visit on a self led basis. We have resources for you to use which help you interpret the Roman remains and artefacts in the Museum. All group pre-bookings essential.

Big Roman Day Out

Rockbourne Roman Villa with Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum

We have put together a fantastic hands on day out for your school. Your day begins when you will visit Salisbury Museum in the morning and study Romans in the region, including handling real Roman artefacts and learning about objects that Romans left behind. Your big Roman day out then continues with a visit to Rockbourne Roman Villa where you will learn about the site with our hands on led session.
Cost Salisbury Museum £2.50 per head, Rockbourne Roman Villa £26 per hour per class


Let your pupils discover the Villa for themselves, using the evidence to imagine life here nearly 2,000 years ago. They will explore the site, handle objects in the museum and take part in practical activities as Slaves for a Day or Archaeologists for a Day. Both sessions are aimed at KS2 groups and can be adapted for KS3. Sessions can accommodate between 16 and 32 children and last 2 hours.

We also offer a menu of one hour sessions for larger school parties of more than one class, or as an alternative to the two hour sessions outlined above.

Explore the site

A guided exploration of the site using replica artefacts and costume to bring the excavated rooms to life

Object handling

This session makes connections between life in the villa and artefacts that have survived. Pupils will explore materials and using evidence to develop critical thinking skills

Creative hands on activities

We offer a range of creative and craft activities that can be taken back to school, such as Pottery Lamps, Fabric Bulla or Roman Sandals




  • £26 per hour per class for a museum-led session.
  • £1.10 per child for self led visits. The site can accommodate up to 90 children at a ratio of 1:8. Additional adults cost £2.20

Important information

Hazard information for teachers to support risk assessment

Notes for teachers and helpers


Toilets and picnic area available. Schools are encouraged to book museum-led sessions on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, when the site is closed to the general public. Access to the gift shop must be prearranged. Self led school visits can only book on Thursdays and Fridays.

Artists impression of Rockbourne in the Roman period

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