The Roman Town House is accessible in daylight hours every day of the year, and there is no cost to come on to the site. 

The Roman Town House site is now open after work in 2020 and 2021 on a range of improvements which include:

  • a new ramped access route into the site from West Walks on the west side of County Hall in Dorchester, making a shorter journey for most people
  • a painted mosaic path leads from this new entrance across to a path with newly-installed interpretation leading gently down to the Roman Town House
  • new nature-friendly landscaping surrounds the site with plants that attract bees, hedgehog houses and hibernacula (places for animals to hibernate) hidden away for our local wildlife
  • a new amphitheatre-style seating area from where visitors can enjoy the surroundings and soon will be able to watch events
  • the cover building over the mosaics which has a new paint scheme and new lighting, and soon there will be audio to listen to. The Roman mosaics and other internal features such as the heated room have been repaired and cleaned. New interpretation on the glass walls of the building tells the story of the Roman Town House

Guided tours of the Roman Town House

Guided tours of the Roman Town House with a trained guide and with access inside the cover building can be booked through the Dorset Museum.

School visits to the Roman Town House

School visits allowing access inside the cover building to see and learn about the mosaics and other features of the Roman Town House can be booked through the Dorset Museum

Directions to the Roman Town House

The Roman Town House is at Colliton Park, in the grounds of County Hall, Dorchester. 

Postcode is: DT1 1XJ

On foot

Pedestrian access is signed from the Top O'Town to the entrance off West Walks. The Roman Town House is 5 minutes' walk from the town centre.

By public transport

The Town House is 10 minutes' walk from Dorchester's railway stations. Train and bus information is available from Travel Dorset.

Search for a bus stop, timetables and departures for County Hall, Dorchester

By car 

There are a number of car parks in Dorchester but the Colliton Park car park is the closest to The Roman Town House. 

Facilities at the Roman Town House

Access

You can reach the Town House on graded paths which are suitable for wheelchair users.

Toilets

The nearest public toilets are in the Top O'Town car park.

Roman Town House protected site

The Roman Town House is a Scheduled Monument. This legal designation is intended to protect the site or future generations. To comply with this protection, please do not put anything into the ground and do not stand on any of the walls on the site.

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