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Canterbury Heritage Museum

Stour Street, Canterbury CT1 2NR, England
+44 1227 475202
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On a walk through the gardens and over small bridge to Water Lane you come across this local museum... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Tonbridge, United Kingdom
Good museum

Set in an architecturally very nice building the museum gives a good insight into Canterbury's... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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This remarkable building, housing the museum's vast collection, has lived through six centuries of the city's history. Rebuilt in its current form in 1373, it stands today as one of Canterbury's finest surviving medieval buildings. On arrival visitors are taken on a journey through time from the days when mammoths walked our coastlines to the Second World War bombings in Canterbury. From Anglo-Saxon treasures and rare Tudor finds to the 'Invicta' steam engine and even the original Bagpuss, this double-story museum and its collections capture the eclectic character of Canterbury and the wonderful things that make it the historical and cultural centre it is today.
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  • Average12%
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Hours Today: 11:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Stour Street, Canterbury CT1 2NR, England
+44 1227 475202
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Reviewed 4 days ago

On a walk through the gardens and over small bridge to Water Lane you come across this local museum it was shut when we walked past but looked interesting. Check times,nice area with views.

Reviewed 1 week ago

Set in an architecturally very nice building the museum gives a good insight into Canterbury's history through the ages. Not too many artifactts but well arranged and explained. The Mazers are impressive.

1  Thank WillStaffordshire
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A range of local history stuff which explains Canterbury's past from Roman times through to WW2 bombing. But the star of the show is bagpuss. The original bagpuss who was created locally. Magic - for those of us of a certain age!

Thank NorthEastMe999
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Well set out chronologically and beautiful old building too. Bagpuss and Clangers a bonus. Who would have thought so many children's programs had a local link to Canterbury ?

Thank Moira111
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

At last the museum was open when we were in Canterbury, and we enjoyed the exhibits on the history of Canterbury, from Prehistoric through Roman times, to WWII. We hadn't been for years and were glad to see it's now open Wednesday to Sunday in...More

Thank Patricia M
Reviewed 8 July 2017

This museum is only a couple of blocks off the main pedestrian street but we had a little trouble finding it. But it's a wonderful museum. It looks small from the outside but has several floors. Lift is available. Covers history of Canterbury from prehistoric...More

Thank Poodleparent
Reviewed 24 June 2017

Worth an hour or so. OK on the local history side, and in an interesting building. Some of the displays were a bit dated but I'll forgive a lot to see the Clangers and Bagpuss in the flesh at last. An Art Fund pass gets...More

Thank MrWil_low
Reviewed 8 June 2017

Well curated museum with information on the Canterbury area. It was not crowded the day we visited and so we were able to spend quality time reading the placards. Staff was very helpful and gave tips on other things to see in Canterbury.

Thank KDRaknm
Reviewed 26 May 2017

Got reduced priced tickets for this attraction as we brought tickets to the roman museum. Some of it covers the Roman museum but only a small part. There is a fantasic Rupert the Bear exhibit as well a children shows from 70s (Bagpuss, Noggin the...More

Thank Kaywaiting
Reviewed 16 May 2017

Lovely friendly museum and it is so important we keep these local museums, so that we keep local people interested in their heritage.

Thank freebeeQueensland
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Tom C
7 July 2015|
Response from Canterbbbury |
Seasonal opening between late March and late September 11am-5pm Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Closed Monday & Tuesday. Also open 11am-5pm during half-terms and the Christmas holidays.