North Leigh Roman Villa
The North Leigh Roman Villa site is two miles (3.2km) to the north of the village of North Leigh near Witney in Oxfordshire. The site, in the care of English Heritage, contains the remains of a large country villa with a superb, almost complete, mosaic tile floor.
The villa was built beside Akerman Street, the main route from the Cotswold Roman town of Cirencester (Corinium) to St Albans (Verulamium).
The 4th century North Leigh Villa originally comprised over sixty rooms built around a large central courtyard. Visitors can now see the foundations of the building complex together with those of the open colonnade around the edge which linked the buildings and gave access into the rooms.
There was also a suite of hot baths and a formal reception room.
It is the mosaic floor of this reception room which is the most important feature. This nearly complete floor is a pattern of reds and browns. As this mosaic cannot be left exposed to the weather, it is protected by a modern cover with viewing windows.
Plan Your Visit
English Heritage Membership - Join Here:
At all reasonable times daily – all year
Picnic tables, parking
Custodian: English Heritage (no on-site custodians)
- By Car
Take the A4095 from Bladon Roundabout (on the A44) towards Witney. At North Leigh (approx 3 miles or 5 Km from Bladon) take the local road north to East End. Just through this village is a sign posted 600 metre walking track to the Villa. Limited parking is available on the local road at a lay-by.
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