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Canterbury Roman Museum

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Address: 11A Butchery Lane, Canterbury CT1 2JR, England
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+44 1227 785575
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Canterbury Roman Museum’s story began on what appeared to be a rather...

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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This is a good museum. It combines reconstructions of aspects of life in Roman Canterbury with many actual Roman artefacts found locally.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a fantastic little museum. The displays show you how real normal people lived in Roman Canterbury. The displays include a Roman fast food kiosk, a vegetable seller, a shoemaker and more. Done in a way so you could begin to really appreciate how life for the average citizen might have been like. They show normal everyday things like... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a good museum. It combines reconstructions of aspects of life in Roman Canterbury with many actual Roman artefacts found locally.

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Welling, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited the museum this afternoon and found ourselves transported to Roman Canterbury. The museum fascinating with many original, unique and priceless artefacts from Canterbury and the local area. The articles are easy to read, there is plenty to see and touch, you can play a Roman game of straights and the piece de resistance is the actual excavation of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Spent an hour in here while my wife was looking in the shops. Great little museum which is well laid out and has some very interesting exhibits. There are some mocked up Roman shops which were good and the actual hypocaust and mosaic corridor flooring remains were very atmospheric. There are togas and helmets to try on and 'make your... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2016

This is a very well-designed small museum dedicated to presenting life in Canterbury during Roman times, which includes a focus on many aspects of daily life as well as fascinating artifacts that have been found. Worth a visit.

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Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2016

This is pretty neat. After German bombed Canterbury in WWII the ruins were discovered. You can actually see the actual tile road that was laid during Roman times. Pretty neat. It is a small museum but I thought it was worth a look.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2016

Fantastic place to visit, the History of Roman Canterbury all in one fantastic easy to access building .

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2016

In Canterbury, this is a real find not far from the Canterbury Cathedral----well if you are interested in what the Romans were up to in this neck of woods way back when. The view of the ancient Roman road with tiles is rich. Check it out.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2016

My husband wanted to show me this little treasure but the signs were a bit misleading as to how to find it. Still got there and enjoyed a walk around and the presentation was wonderful. Unfortunately due to lighting photo's of the remains are hard to take because of reflections but we appreciate you are meant to enjoy the experience... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2016 via mobile

We took a random trip to Canterbury out of the blue. While there we heard about this museum. It advertises itself as England's only roman museum. Was nice to walk around and very good to see the mosaics and underfloor heating that has been preserved but the rest was pretty much like any other roman museum I've been to (hence... More 

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