The Roman Painted House, Dover

The Roman Painted House, Dover

The Roman Painted House was built around AD 200 and was part of a hotel for travelers crossing the English Channel. The ruins of this remarkable Roman House were excavated in the 1970s. The house was constructed out of brick and flint. The deteriorated walls of four rooms survive and stand between four to six feet in height.

Inside are magnificent Roman murals considered some of the best preserved in Great Britain. These unique wall paintings show scenes with Bacchus, the god of wine, vegetation, and fertility. The house includes a complete Roman heating system under the floor.

The ruins of the Roman Painted House are surrounded by an outer building. Visitors can view the remains of the house from the vantage point of an upstairs railed landing. The museum includes display cases filled with artifacts. There is also a table with items you can touch, including pottery, Roman tiles, and even animal bones. Don't miss the medieval skeleton on display! The house is open to the public seasonally.

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The Roman Painted House on Map

Sight Name: The Roman Painted House
Sight Location: Dover, England (See walking tours in Dover)
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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