The grounds of County Hall are home to a famous Dorchester attraction, the Roman Town House. Described by Tony Robinson as “the best example of a fully exposed Roman Town House in the country” the remains of the house were unearthed during an archaeological dig in 1937 and have offered a fascinating insight into what life was like in Roman Dorchester.
The house dates all the way back to the fourth century AD and its decorative mosaics are still clearly visible (they’ve been protected by glass panes in recent years). The outer walls of the house show how big the rooms would have been, and if you stand back you can cl;early make out the shape the house would have stood in.
If you want to know more about the town house you can arrange a private tour with one of the town’s Blue Badge Guides through Dorchester Tourist Information Centre. You’ll also be able to buy a guidebook from the TIC, and audio tours can be downloaded as apps before you visit too.
The site is open all year round and admission is free. This attraction is suitable for wheelchair users, and it’s well served by cafes and facilities.
Address: Colliton Park, Dorsetforyou, Dorchester DT1 1XJ