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Friday, 8 July 2011

Events: Dorchester Roman Town House opens its doors this summer

The Roman Town House, Dorchester
Dorchester’s Roman Town House is opening its doors throughout August, giving people a rare opportunity to see inside.

The Roman Town House’s unique mosaic floors are protected by an outer building that allows visitors to view the historic remains through large windows.

The Roman Town House doors will be open on the following Wednesday afternoons from 2.00 to 4.00pm. This is an opportunity to view the mosaic floors more closely
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  • 14 September 2011 Also Dorset Architectural Heritage Week
Admission is free but donations are welcome.

These open days offer a chance to visit inside the building’s protective structure and take a closer look at the mosaics and hypocaust (under-floor heating system) and find out a little more about the best-preserved Roman town house in the UK.

Entry to the Town House has been made possible by the help of a volunteer team who will be on site to answer visitor questions. Please note that because of the fragility of the floors appropriate footwear should be worn by all visitors – no heels, please.

The Town House is tucked away behind County Hall in the centre of Dorchester. Use town centre car parks and walk to the site. The best approach is to follow the route of the Roman Walls, along West Walks and enter the site to rear of County Hall.

For more information about the Dorchester  Roman Town House visit www.romantownhouse.org

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