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Canterbury Roman Museum

11A Butchery Lane, Canterbury CT1 2JR, England
+44 1227 785575
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Lovely place to visit.

We bought a joint ticket to see this museum and the Heritage museum. It is totally fasinating to... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Coventry, United Kingdom

More for families with children and quite a quick visit. It is down a side street and you're just... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Canterbury Roman Museum’s story began on what appeared to be a rather unremarkable day in 1868. When workmen, digging trenches for a new drainage system, reached eight feet below street level they unwittingly unearthed a beautifully preserved Roman floor mosaic. Fast-forward to the aftermath of the Second World War, when excavations began under the cellars of shops destroyed by bombing, and another startling discovery was made. Archaeologists had just revealed an under-floor heating system, wall paintings, and a dazzling mosaic corridor. The site was no longer an isolated floor mosaic, but the remains of a very large, and no doubt very costly, Roman Town House. Over time a museum arose to encompass the remains and preserve what is now known to be one of the UK’s only remaining in situ Roman pavement mosaics and a Scheduled Ancient Monument. Canterbury Roman Museum is Kent’s only Roman Museum; providing a fascinating and family-friendly insight into life in Roman Britain. Visitors can explore Canterbury’s history, wander through the marketplace and discover hidden treasures as they step back, and down, to the streets of Roman Canterbury…
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
11A Butchery Lane, Canterbury CT1 2JR, England
+44 1227 785575
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Reviewed yesterday

We bought a joint ticket to see this museum and the Heritage museum. It is totally fasinating to see all the artifacts and learn about the Roman way of life.

Thank Anitacorbett
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

More for families with children and quite a quick visit. It is down a side street and you're just thinking you've gone the wrong way when you find it. The mosaic is good, but the lighting is a bit odd so that it is difficult...More

Thank Moira111
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Whether you are traveling as adults or kids, don't miss this museum! It is very well thought out and takes you on a time- line journey of Canterbury from before Roman invasion to the decline. There are hands-on activities for kids and families and the...More

Thank ribo522
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A Small but very interesting museum with lots of very beautiful artefacts. Me and my family learnt a lot, and found the different historical paintings and props incredibly fascinating. The stained glass window in the stairway was breathtaking. Plenty for children too. Would recommend!

Thank TashaECole
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Worth seeing for the mosaic pavements and well-put together history of the city in Roman times with rooms and shops laid out rather than just cases. Free with Art Fund card.

Thank MrWil_low
Reviewed 8 June 2017

We had a little difficulty finding the museum, but so glad we did. Was a gem - with impressive exhibits. We especially like seeing the mosaics in-situ.

Thank KDRaknm
Reviewed 26 May 2017

Come across this down a small street. Unlike the rest of Canterbury this museum was quiet and cool. It was interest veiwing the Roman stuff that had been discovered in the Kent area. There is also a small Roman board game availble for people to...More

Thank Kaywaiting
Reviewed 26 May 2017

The collection is very good indeed for a small museum. I think the labelling was aimed at a younger audience, because I am no expert but there was still information I knew that I thought could/should have been there. Especially interesting was all the stuff...More

Thank Borderer12
Reviewed 14 May 2017

I'm a sucker for a decent museum and this counts as a very decent place. Lots of info for tinies but even more for those willing to read the well labelled exhibits. Accessible. Loos are clean. PLace is well laid out. Overall a very interesting...More

Thank suemissb
Reviewed 7 May 2017

The museum is quite interactive and offers interesting visuals to go with the information provided. I did not know anything about this period and it is amazing how well kept some of these artifacts and floors are! A lot of the interactive activities are intended...More

Thank Migrating_Malu
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