Roman Town House
The Roman Town House in Dorchester is the only example of a fully exposed Roman Town House in the country.
The grounds are free to visit and tours of the internal structure are offered by us for a small fee.
Visitors will learn about the excavation and conservation of the Roman Town House as well as life in the Town House during the Roman period. Visitors will have an opportunity to explore the South Range and will be given a tour of the West Range inside where they will see mosaics in situ.
Friday 22 September 2023, The Victorian Hall will also be closed all day for a private function. The Fine Foundation Dorset Story Space, next the the Thomas Hardy's Dorset Gallery will also be closed for an hour around Midday.
For more information
Roman Town House, County Hall, Colliton Park, Dorchester DT1 1XJ
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
Where to find us
Guided tours for school parties can be arranged with us. Take part in a guided visit, dress up and handle real Roman objects in this unique setting. Just an 8-minute walk from Dorset Museum.
For booking your visit and lunch space or an unguided visit.
Call: 01305 262735
The Roman Town House sits in the grounds of County Hall in Dorchester. The area is known as Colliton Park because from the 17th century it formed the grounds of Colliton House. Colliton Park lies in the northwest corner of the Roman town known as Durnovaria.
In the 1930s Dorset County Council bought Colliton Park to build a new County Hall. In an early example of rescue archaeology, a team from the Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society excavated in advance of development. They found the remains of at least 8 buildings dating from the Roman period, of which the building that became known as the Roman Town House was the best example.
Dorset County Council decided to keep the Roman Town House on permanent display. In the 1990s a cover building, designed in the style of the Roman original, was constructed over one range of the house, and further improvements were made about 10 years later.
Dorset County Council ceased to exist at Local Government Reorganisation in April 2019. The Roman Town House site is now owned by Dorset Council and has completed a new project to improve the setting and interpretation of the Roman Town House.