© Roman Painted House

Roman Painted House

The 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


New Street Dover CT17 9AJ





01304 203279

What you need to know

  • Family friendly
  • Accepts groups and coach parties
  • On-site parking (charges may apply)
  • Visitor toilet/s