THREE Isle of Wight heritage sites are getting ready to open their doors for free and welcome visitors as part of the national Heritage Open Days.

The Isle of Wight Council's heritage service will be offering free admission to two of its popular sites — Newport Roman Villa and the Museum of Island History.

Newport Roman Villa is offering free entry tomorrow (Saturday), between 10am and 3pm (last entry 2.30pm).

It provides an excellent example of a third century Roman farmhouse. The villa is nestled within a modern housing estate and provides a fascinating insight into Roman life on the Isle of Wight.

The Museum of Island History, within the historic Guildhall, is offering free entry on Tuesday, between 10am and 1pm.

The museum provides an introduction to the history of the Isle of Wight and its current temporary exhibition is ‘A Tale of Two Shipwrecks’ which explores the tales of the wreck of the Pomone off the Needles, and the Yarmouth Roads wreck.

Corina Westwood, curator of human history, said: "Our next temporary exhibition will focus around the history of Newport, its shops and markets.

"To help us prepare for this, we will be asking visitors on the day for memories of Newport past which we can share in this exhibition. The Newport exhibition will open in December 2021."

The Vecta Lodge of Oddfellows at 20 St. Thomas' Square, Newport, is also welcoming visitors.

Step into Unity Hall and see records dating back to the 1800s, traditional regalia, photographs and press reports illustrating the history of the Oddfellows and life on the Island.

It is open to the public on Monday, from 10am to 4pm.