The Roman Painted House, Dover

Roman Painted House

Roman Painted House 2The Roman Painted House was discovered by Kent Archaeological Rescue Unit in the 1970s.

Built about AD 200 it formed part of a large mansio or official hotel for travellers crossing the English Channel.

Five rooms of a major Roman hotel (or mansio, built AD 200), when Dover (Dubris) was the leading naval base and Gateway to Roman Britannia. 

Large areas of painted murals uniquely survive showing scenes from the God Bacchus.  Also elaborate underfloor heating systems (hypocaust) and a massive fort wall cut through the hotel in AD 260 by the army defending Roman Britain. 

Detailed displays on Roman Dover, finds cases and publications.  This leading Dover tourist attraction was discovered and excavated by the Kent Archaeological Rescue Unit 1970-5.

  • Displays on Roman Dover
  • Ideal for school and group visits
  • There is a garden area for picnics

The Roman Painted House is managed and staffed entirely by volunteers. Occasionally volunteers may not be available as planned. If you are travelling a distance, please call in advance to check that this attraction will be open.

Opening Details and Prices

Please contact 01304 203279 or visit the Roman Painted House website for details.

The Roman Painted House is managed and staffed entirely by volunteers. Occasionally volunteers may not be available as planned. If you are travelling a distance, please call in advance to check that this attraction will be open.

Contact

  • Roman Painted House, New Street, Dover CT17 9AJ
  • Tel: 01304 203279
  • www.theromanpaintedhouse.org.uk
  • See location on Google maps
  • Town centre location. Follow sign-posts to forecourt area.
  • 500 metres to nearest station, Dover Priory.
  • Parking: free
  • Accessible by Public Transport: Dover Priory station