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The Thames Valley Sights

Verulamium Park Hypocaust

  • St. Michael's St. Map It
  • St. Albans
  • Park/Playground

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Adjacent to the Verulamium Museum, this park contains the usual—playground, wading pool, lake—and the unusual—Roman ruins that include part of the town hall and a hypocaust, or central-heating system. The hypocaust dates to AD 200 and included one of the first heated floors in Britain. Brick columns supported the floor, and hot air from a nearby fire was drawn underneath the floor to keep bathers warm.

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St. Michael's St., St. Albans, AL3 4SW, England

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Sight Details:

  • Free
  • Hypocaust Apr.–Sept., Mon.–Sat. 10–4:30, Sun. 2–4:30; Oct.–Mar., Mon.–Sat. 10–3:45, Sun. 2–3:45; last admission 30 min before closing.


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