Tours

Discover Durnovaria Guided Walk

23 July 2024,10:30am -12:30pm

This event is now sold out. Please email [email protected] if you would like to be added to the waiting list.

Join us during the Festival of Archaeology to step back in time with our trained guides and immerse yourself in the historic Roman town of Durnovaria…

Scattered throughout the busy market town of Dorchester are traces of a Roman past. Archaeological investigations across Dorchester have uncovered numerous important artefacts – many of which are now on display in the Dorset Museum and Art Gallery – which provide fascinating insights into life in Roman Britain. To this day, Dorchester’s modern plan still bears the imprint of Roman Durnovaria.

Your tour will begin at Dorset Museum and Art Gallery, where our guides will deliver a presentation taking you on a journey into the Dorchester’s rich Roman past and archaeological history. You will then be led on a guided tour of Roman artefacts in our People’s Dorset Gallery, before embarking on a guided walk to retrace the ancient landmarks of Durnovaria. You’ll follow the line of its defences around the Town Walks and discover little-known sites such as the place where the Roman baths were excavated.

Day access to the museum is also included in your ticket, so you can always come back afterwards to explore more.

  • Meeting point: Welcome Area at Dorset Museum and Art Gallery.
  • Not suitable for under 5s.
  • Each tour is limited to 12 participants.
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The lift in the Museum is currently out of action.
We hope to resolve this very soon and apologies for the inconvenience.

  • Opening hours:

    Dorset Museum & Art Gallery
    Daily: 10.00am - 5.00pm

    TASTE Café
    Daily: 9.00am - 4.00pm
    Sunday: 10:00am - 4:00pm

  • Dorset Museum

    High West Street
    Dorchester DT1 1XA

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Useful tips for attending this tour

•  Tours start and end at the museum.

•  Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society members and Dorset Museum and Art Gallery unlimited ticketholders can get discounted rates for the tour, but MUST bring their membership card or valid unlimited ticket with them.

•  Sturdy shoes are required.

•  Toilet facilities are available at the museum before and after the tour.

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