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“Another little gem hidden away.”

Romano-British House
Ranked #14 of 40 things to do in Dorchester
Certificate of Excellence
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Dorchester, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
23 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Another little gem hidden away.”
Reviewed 1 July 2014

The Roman town house remains are tucked away in the grounds of Dorset County Council. You can go on one of the walks (TIC know the details) around the town which include the townhouse/riverside and learn some of it's history but there are sometimes plays put on (I saw Julian Ceasar) one evening once. The Museum sometimes takes groups around on a guided tour of the Town house.

After your visit you could go on to do the riverside walk or walk the path to the Sun Inn for lunch or the nearby military museum. I really don't understand why the town doesn't promote it more for tourists. Down the road is a section of the old town wall and the borough gardens which has toilets a cafe open some of the time. Its a short walk from the town centre.

Visited May 2014
1 Thank Stardrop23
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Chippenham, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“hidden treasure”
Reviewed 24 June 2014

Dorchester has 4 walks to give a visitor a sense of the town and its history. On the Roman walk you come across this jewel of history which is hidden from view otherwise. You have to walk up to the information point firstly and it is worth absorbing the information before walking down to the house itself and appreciating the 2000 year old underfloor heating (still in good condition and a masterpiece of engineering) and the spacious qualities of the building. Don't forget to notice the odd signs showing that someone was buried at this point. A real find.

Visited June 2014
1 Thank keith c
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
296 reviews
241 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
“Well preserved and presented”
Reviewed 11 May 2014

Having abtained a map from the tourist information centre and then following the sign posts we found it with no trouble. There is free entry to the site and information boards to explain its history. The Vending machine was out of action and so no leaflets were not available on site - a great pity. It is well presented. A small site well-worth visiting.

Visited May 2014
1 Thank multi v
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Worcester, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
193 reviews
55 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
“A Great Little Roman”
Reviewed 19 November 2013

Not the easiest of places to find but well worth the effort. Nicely presented with lots of information panels - a pity the vending machine didn't have any leaflets, and the horrendous council buildings looming over the site. If you have an interest in ancient Rome this is well worth a visit. And it's free which in this day and age is amazing.

Visited November 2013
2 Thank ColinandJane
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Level 4 Contributor
7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Great evidence!”
Reviewed 31 October 2013 via mobile

This was really interesting as it states that this is the only intact ruins to be found. There are I go boards to tell you all about it & a choice to have an audio tour guide by dialling up a number from your mobile ( at a rate!!)

Thank themissjr
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