Living history: Appian the Roman artisan

The craftsmanship of the Roman mosaics still fascinates us today. How were the mosaic floors made and who were the people that created them?

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

This living history tour is led by Appian - a Roman artisan - a tour guide in Roman costume. You can find out the methods and techniques used for designing and constructing the mosaic floors in Roman Britain.


Event ticket prices
This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.
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Chedworth Roman Villa


Whole property
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £10.50 £9.50
Child £5.25 £4.75
Family £26.25 £23.80
Group Adult
Minimum group size 15
N/A £8.90
Group Child
Minimum group size 15
N/A £4.45

What is Gift Aid?

Most of our places run the Gift Aid on Entry scheme at their admission points. Under this scheme, if you're not a member you have the choice of two entry tickets:

  • Gift Aid Admission or
  • Standard admission

If the place runs Gift Aid on Entry, we'll offer you the Gift Aid Admission prices. But it's entirely up to you which ticket you choose. If you want the Standard Admission instead, just let us know when you come to pay.

Gift Aid Admission includes a 10 per cent or more voluntary donation. Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid* — an extra 25 per cent — potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.

An extra £1 paid under the scheme can be worth over £3 to the National Trust as shown below: Payment of the additional percentage donation is entirely voluntary, so if you prefer to pay the standard admission please advise our reception staff at the till point.

  Gift Aid Standard
Amount paid by visitor £11.00 £10.00
Tax refund from Government* £2.75 £0.00
Total received by the National Trust £13.75 £10.00


*Gift Aid donations must be supported by a valid Gift Aid declaration and a Gift Aid declaration can only cover donations made by an individual for him/herself or for him/herself and members of his/her family.

The basics

Assistance dogs are welcome.
Meeting point
Please ask at the reception upon arrival about the tour times and where it will start from on the day.


Event opening times and availability
Day Times Availability
25 July 2017 10:30 - 16:30 Available
14 September 2017 10:30 - 16:30 Available
5 October 2017 10:30 - 16:30 Available

Upcoming events

Roman gardener at the Villa

Sat 22 Jul 2017
Have you ever wondered what the Romans did for us, including our love for gardening and the food we eat today? You might enjoy a special display and a chat with the Historic gardener at the Roman villa.

Festival of archaeology

Sat 22 Jul 2017
Visit us as we celebrate the festival of archaeology - part of the national initiative of British Council of Archaeology.

Talk: Roman Myths and Chedworth Roman Villa

Sun 23 Jul 2017
Join our knowledgeable site guide Janet to discover Roman myths and their representation in art, including mosaics at Chedworth Roman Villa.

Living history: Appian the Roman artisan

Tue 25 Jul 2017
The craftsmanship of the Roman mosaics still fascinates us today. How were the mosaic floors made and who were the people that created them?

Specialist talk: archaeology

Wed 26 Jul 2017
Discover the Villa's archaeological history.

Talk: Windows on the Empire; Finance, Agriculture and Pottery in Roman Britain

Thu 27 Jul 2017
By focusing on three aspects of Roman life, Mike Spittle and Julian Hawley show that local events in Romano-Britain reflected the changes happening across the Roman Empire.