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Crofton Roman villa

About Crofton Roman villa

In 1926, local workmen were constructing driveways for the new council offices when they chanced upon a discovery of ancient relics and stone works. The excavation that followed unearthed a Roman villa which dated back to AD140. The excavation was never completed and the site was left to become overgrown. It was not until 1988 that the Kent Archaeological Rescue Unit took up the site and excavated as much as they could. Working alongside Bromley Council, they managed to make the site into what it is today.

From records and investigations, it is apparent that the villa was in use and extensively altered until about AD400 and that it was the centre of a farming estate of about 500 acres. It is estimated that it had at least 20 rooms.

Activities at the villa
Much work has been done to provide more than just a place to visit. Kent Archaeological Rescue Unit have organised many activities for the visitor to take part in. These include.
  • Guided talks by archaeologists.
  • A taped commentary about the villa.
  • A graphic display of the 1988 excavations.
  • A 'Hands on' area where actual finds can be examined.
  • Roman soldiers 'rubbings'. Small figures of various ranks of Roman soldier
    (10p charge per rubbing)
  • Two larger brasses of a Roman auxiliary and gladiator (50p)
  • Mosaic making. Trays with coloured 'tesserae' and patterns for mosaic making.
  • Booklets for children, including activity pictures to lour.
  • Roman games.
  • Dressing up as Romans.
There is no doubt that a lot of thought and hard work has gone into making Crofton a treat to visit.
What's on at Crofton Roma Villa, Orpington in 2003?
Sunday 20th July
Young Archaeologists' Day
Join the Roman Villa Trail

Investigate the villa-house
Wash and draw Roman finds
Dress as Romans
Play Roman games
Make mosaics
Do a Roman Villa Trail Quiz
- will you get a Villa Certificate?

For 5-12 year olds
(Must be accompanied by an adult)

Hourly sessions
10.00am - 5.00pm
YAC members FREE

For further information call Kent Archaeological Unit 020 8462 4737

Tuesday 12th August
BUZZ Activity Sessions
Roman fashions at the villa

Find out what a fashionable Roman girl, a Roman boy and a senator wore.
Make a  Roman outfit for yourself.

At 10.00am & 2.00pm for 7-11 year olds
£2.00 per child
Book through Bromley Museum

Useful information
Languages spoken





  • Free parking provided
  • Picnic area provided
  • Wheelchair access

  • Gift shop in museum

Opening times

2003 : Open Wednesday 2nd April

April - October
Wednesdays, Fridays and Bank Holidays

10.00am - 5.00pm (Last entry at 4.30)
2.00pm - 5.00pm

Admission prices (Single)

April - October


Admission Prices (Group)

April - October
As for singles. No charges for teachers and leaders

Roman Villa Activity workshops for schools £2 per child.
Standard school visits:50p per child

The prices quoted on this page are correct : December 2002

Contact details

Contact address
Kent Archaeological Rescue Unit
5 Harvest Bank Road
West Wickham

Site address
Crofton Roman villa
Crofton Road
(adjacent Orpington Railway station)


Tel : 020 8462 4737

Fax : 020 8462 4737

or Bromley Museum
01689 873826

Crofton gallery

Artists impression of
Crofton Roman villa

1988 excavations

Crofton Roman villa interior
My thanks to Kent Archaeological Rescue Unit, Bromley Council
and especially Edna Mynott for their help in constructing this page
All photographs used © Kent Archaeological Rescue Unit and Bromley Council
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