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Canterbury Heritage Museum

Stour Street, Canterbury CT1 2NR , England (Formerly Heritage Museum)
1227 475202
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Ranked #10 of 52 attractions in Canterbury
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums
Useful Information: Activities for young children
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English first
Hatfield, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2012

We went to this museum last week, and everything about the visit went well. We were late arriving, but instead of being thrown out at the five o'clock closing time, they let us stay until five thirty, and marked our tickets for re-admission at a later date. The museum its self was full of quirky and interesting items, and the... More

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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99 attraction reviews
156 helpful votes 156 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2012

I've lived in Canterbury for 15+ years and only went here about 3 years ago with a visiting friend. I was very surprised. There is plenty here of interest, very nicely explained and in a lovely old building. Well worth the trouble and the fee. I must go back soon.

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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47 reviews 47 reviews
28 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2012

A good range of exhibitions including hands-on for the kids! We booked a 'pirate party' for my 6 year-old son's birthday at the museum and all had fun!

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Deal, Kent, UK
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76 reviews 76 reviews
53 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2012

Useful for students as the story of the murder of Archbishop Thomas Becket is in English & French. Good for over-all history lesson of the city.

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Ipswich
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20 reviews 20 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2012

I'm a lightweight so I hurried through the Roman and early medieval bit. However, the Thomas a Becket bit was great, the Marlowe room was terrific (he did, I suppose, spend his early years in Canterbury) and the Bagpuss and Rupert Bear rooms were delightful, even though I never liked Rupert much.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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45 reviews 45 reviews
6 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2012 via mobile

The building is beautiful and history of what the building was used for was fantastic. The museum itsel seemed old and as if the exhibits hadn't been touched for over 10 years. There was also too much kids stuff. Great if you have kids but not if you are an adult. It would have been fine if it was 2... More

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Brussels, Belgium
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98 reviews 98 reviews
75 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2012

The best of the museum is its historic architecture, in particular the roof construction of solid wooden poles which are a couple of hundreds of years old. As regards the contents, the museum gives a nice overview of the region's history, the presentation techniques are a bit old-fashioned, except for the kids' tour, which is nicely done with lots of... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2012

Extremely interesting museum, with a great variety of exhibits of interest to all ages. I particularly loved the Rupert the Bear display and the Oliver Postgate's Thomas Becket story, whilst my other half really enjoyed the Joseph Conrad exhibit. Furthermore, the staff went out of their way to have a chat with us about the museum and were very friendly... More

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Leusden
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45 reviews 45 reviews
5 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2012

Very intersting museum about Canterbury from the stone age until the 1950s. I learned a lot. It was a pleasure to visit the museum for the whole family.

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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2012 via mobile

If you pay £10 you get into Roman Museum too. This is a lot more interesting than most town museums. Highlights the Nobel prize winning author Joseph Conrad's study and chess set as he replays a Capablanca game. Oliver Postgate's Bayeux tapestry like history of Thomas a Beckett. Possible marble fragments of Beckett's memorial destroyed by Henry 8.

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