Tours

Roman Town House Tour

20 July 2024, 10:00am - 12:00noon

Join us during the 2024 Festival of Archaeology to go behind the scenes and discover the history of Roman Dorchester…

Discovered in the 1930s, one of the best examples of a Roman Town House in England is situated here in Dorchester.

Following the extensive refurbishment of the covered structure and grounds, we are proud to have partnered with Dorset Council to offer the opportunity of a guided tour of the Roman Town House.

Your tour will begin at Dorset Museum & Art Gallery, where our trained guides will deliver a presentation taking you through the history of the Roman Dorchester (Durnovaria) and the Roman Town House. Following this, you will be led on a tour of our People’s Dorset Gallery to discover some of the Roman artefacts on display. Finally, you’ll be taken on a site visit to the Roman Town House itself, where you’ll not only be able to explore the grounds but will also be granted exclusive access inside the Town House to see the mosaics up close.

Day access to the museum is also included in your ticket, so you can always come back afterwards to explore more. Plus, you’ll be given a copy of our Roman Town House Guide to take home.

  • Meeting point: Welcome Area at Dorset Museum.
  • Not suitable for under 5s.
  • Each tour is limited to 12 participants.

Roman Town House and Panel

 

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  • 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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Tours start at the Museum


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The Roman Town House is owned and managed by Dorset Council, and supported by the Dorchester Joint Heritage Committee and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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Gorgon Head – Terracotta face antefix decorated roof eaves of the Roman Town House

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Engraved glass bowl with followers of Dionysus, Greek god of wine discovered at the Roman Town House


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 as the internal structure is uneven. Protective shoe covers provided.

•  Tours are fully accessible.

•  No toilets or facilities at the Roman Town House site, although these are available at the museum before and after the tour.

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