I didn’t expect to find Roman sites in England. I suppose it’s because of my rather lacking, Alaskan education, but to me Rome = Mediterranean, and I was surprised to learn otherwise.
One of the most impressive Roman sites I visited in 2003 was Bignor Roman Villa in Sussex. Rediscovered in 1811, the villa was built in the 3rd or 4th century not terribly long before Rome herself fell to the Goths.
Not too much is known about the wealthy family who must have lived there. The villa is instead important for its mosaics that have survived across the centuries.
The mosaics are indeed impressive, but I was most taken simply by the villa’s existence. Roman architecture in Britain…who knew? Probably everyone but me.