Roman Town House Tours
20 April 2022, 10:30am - 12:00noon
- Meeting point: Dorset Museum Welcome Area
– Not suitable for under 5s.
– Ticket includes entry to the museum
Discovered in the 1930s, one of the best examples of a Roman Town House in England is situated here in Dorchester.
Following extensive refurbishment of the covered Roman Town House structure and grounds we are proud to have partnered with Dorset Council to offer the opportunity of a guided tour of the covered structure and grounds.
Our trained guides will take you through a brief history of the site and the precious artefacts recovered and now on display at the Dorset Museum. Following this, they will take you to the site of the Roman Town House and allow you to enter the covered building which hosts a number of really special features including some of the original wall paint and mosaics and a beautifully preserved example of an underfloor heating system.
Tours start at Dorset Museum where our trained guide will give a short presentation on the history of the site and recent excavation. Followed by a quick visit to the People’s Gallery to be shown some of the key artefacts recovered from the site. The tour will then move over to the Roman Town House site via Colliton House and West Walks which is of historical importance. The full guided tour will then commence of the internal and external Town House site before returning to the Museum.
Christmas & New Year Opening Times
Sat 24 December | CLOSED
Sun 25 December | CLOSED
Mon 26 December | CLOSED
Tues 27 Dec | OPEN, Bank Holiday hours
Wed 28 Dec | OPEN, normal hours
Thurs 29 Dec | OPEN, normal hours
Fri 30 Dec | OPEN, normal hours
Sat 31 Dec | OPEN – 9am to 3pm (early closing)
Sun 1 Jan 2023 | CLOSED
Mon 2 Jan | OPEN, Bank Holiday hours
Tues 3 Jan | OPEN, normal hours
Daily: 9.00am - 4.30pm
Sunday: 10.00am - 4.00pm
Bank Holidays: 10.00am - 4.00pm
Dorset MuseumHigh West Street
Dorchester DT1 1XA
Tours start at the Museum
The Roman Town House is owned and managed by Dorset Council, and supported by the Dorchester Joint Heritage Committee and the Heritage Lottery Fund.More info
Useful tips for attending this tour
• Tours start and end at the museum.
• Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society members can get discounted tickets but MUST bring their membership card with them for the tour.
• A ticket to the Dorset Museum is NOT required to access this tour.
• Sturdy shoes are required as the internal structure is uneven.
• Tours are fully accessible.
• No toilets or facilities on site, although will be available at the museum before and after the tour.