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Roman Painted House, Dover

3.7
#4 of 11 in Historic Sites in Dover




Dubris, also known as Portus Dubris and Dubrae, was a port in Roman Britain on the site of present-day Dover, Kent, England.


As the closest point to continental Europe and the site of the estuary of the Dour, the site chosen for Dover was ideal for a cross-channel port. The Dour is now covered over for much of its course through the town. In the Roman era, it grew into an important military, mercantile and cross-channel harbour and - with Rutupiae - one of the two starting points of the road later known as Watling Street. It was fortified and garrisoned initially by the Classis Britannica, and later by troops based in a Saxon Shore Fort.
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  • Fascinating little place in the historically rich city of Dover. For a small admission fee you can visit the well preserved Roman house as well as Roman fortification walls that were later built...  more »
  • This place is fab. Run by dedicated volunteers. Its very very interesting. It appears it is in absolute desperate need for funding. Please support it, its a wonderful place :)  more »
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  • This site really does itself no favours calling itself 'Britain's buried Pompeii' as it really isn't a patch on that particular site. What it does, in its own small and almost wonderfully understated way, is provide a fascinating insight into history - partly the Roman history. I visited this site as part of a school trip back in the late eighties and, at least to me, it appears to have changed very little in the intervening thirty years. It even still has a bulky TV/video combination that itself feels a part of history. Its main concessions to the modern, more interactive style of museums are neatly included. You can pick up and feel some artefacts. There are some low children's tables where mosaics can be put together. I must admit to enjoying both activities. The remains themselves - well, as I said, it's nothing compared to Pompeii, but they still provide interest. The chance to step back in time, however, proved wonderful.
  • Very interesting and the two ladies who worked there were very pleasant and helpful
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