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The Roman Mosaic (Hypocaust)

An exciting modern building houses the hypocaust and mosaic floor in Verulamium Park, just a short walk from Verulamium museum. It opens up this part of our heritage to many more visitors and brings to life the scale and magnificence of a major town house from Verulamium. In an age when we are all used to the comfort of central heating, the Hypocaust Project displays one of the first heating systems to be installed in this country.

This Roman mosaic is part of a suite of rooms in a large town house built around AD 200. The 1800 year old hypocaust and its covering mosaic floor were uncovered during excavations in Verulamium Park in the 1930s by Sir Mortimer & Tessa Wheeler. It was decided to leave these in their original Roman location, where they formed part of the reception and meeting rooms of a large town house. The preserved section was part of a suite that originally extended almost twice the surviving length of the room.

Opening hours: Summer: 1st April to 30th September
Monday to Saturday 1000-1630 hrs
Sunday 1400-1630 hrs

Winter: 1st October to 31st March
Monday to Saturday 1000-1545 hrs
Sunday 1400 -1545 hrs
Prices Admission free.
Address and contact details
Verulamium Park, St Albans
Postcode: AL3 4SW
Tel: +44(0) 1727 751810
Web: www.stalbansmuseums.org.uk/hypocaust/

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