Roman Town House

Roman Town House
Colliton Park
Dorchester
Dorset
DT1 1XJ
England

Website

www.romantownhouse.org

E-mail

roman town house@dorsetcc.gov.uk

Telephone

01305 224283

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Roman Town House building
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Find out more about Romano-British urban life at the best preserved example of a Roman Town House in the Country.

In Roman Town House was discovered, almost by chance in 1937 during an archaeological dig. The County Council had bought the land at Colliton Park to build a new County Hall. The team from the Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society found the remains of at least 8 buildings of which the Town House was the most important.

Further work on the site was disturbed by the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939, but more recent work on the buildings and mosaics has enabled us to write the story of the building and to imagine more about the people who could have lived here.

Venue Type:

Archaeological site, Garden, parklands or rural site

Opening hours

The site is open every day of the year.

To protect the monument entry inside the protective structure is not allowed, expect on special days, but the mosaics and other features can be clearly seen from the outside.

Admission charges

Free

Getting there

By road: The Roman Town House is in the centre of Dorchester, use Town Centre car parks or Dorchester Park and Ride
By Train: The nearest train statios are Dorchester South (London to Weymouth) and Dorchester West (Bristol to Weymouth).
By cycle: national Cycle Routes 2 and 26 pass close by
By foot: The Town House is located about 5 minutes walk from the Town Centre, the best approach is to follow the route of the Roman Walls, along West Walks and enter the site to rear of County Hall.

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Roman Town House Late Opening

  • 17 May 2014 5-9pm

Come and view the mosaic floors up close at this late-night opening. Part of the Museums at Night festival.

Tickets for the night cos £8 in advance and £12 on the night.
The ticket includes entry to all 8 sites during the festival:

Tutankhamun Exhibition
Dorset County Museum
Roman Town House
Dinosaur Museum
The Keep Military Museum
Terracotta Warriors Museum
and Thomas Hardy's home Max Gate

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£8/£12

Website

http://www.visit-dorset.com/whats-on/museums-at-night-in-dorchester-p1024213

Getting there

By road: The Roman Town House is in the centre of Dorchester, use Town Centre car parks or Dorchester Park and Ride
By Train: The nearest train statios are Dorchester South (London to Weymouth) and Dorchester West (Bristol to Weymouth).
By cycle: national Cycle Routes 2 and 26 pass close by
By foot: The Town House is located about 5 minutes walk from the Town Centre, the best approach is to follow the route of the Roman Walls, along West Walks and enter the site to rear of County Hall.

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