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Canterbury Roman Museum

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Address: 11A Butchery Lane, Canterbury CT1 2JR, England
Phone Number: +441227785575
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

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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Cute small museum for kids and students

Went here on a afternoon whim, interesting and educational - not overly academic - interesting history of the area

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Went here on a afternoon whim, interesting and educational - not overly academic - interesting history of the area

Thank Devon S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A great collection of Roman artefacts found in the city with plans and artists impressions of the old Roman town. Good explanation of what they ate and how they lived. Highly recommended.

Thank Charles R
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you are interested in things Roman you should really go along. After the bombing in world war 2 a lot of remains were I gather discovered and this gives a new and interesting dimension to the city. If you aren't interested in things Roman I'm not sure coming will change your mind.

Thank 60canterb
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is the main place to get facts on the Roman prescence in Canterbury. As well as the guided town walk.

Thank John S
London, England, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The only place we got info on Roman prescence in Canterbury so it was worth the visit just to fill in the gaps

Thank Sandra S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

There is so much to see and do in Canterbury, so the fact that this little museum has plenty of staged scenes from everyday Roman Canterbury allowed my brain not to boil over with information. There are enough artefacts to keep your interest without being overwhelmed. Well worth a visit and only 8 pounds.

Thank Kane C
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Interesting and fairly well done for a local museum. Good for children and may be better than a trip to Dunkirk if it is raining.

Thank chemtex
Wylam, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This museum is very well presented and interesting. We really felt we were stepping back in time as we descended the stairs to the Roman level.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Despite being relatively small, there is plenty here to see from what was once a very significant town, in a key strategic part of Britain in the Roman era. There are mosaics from local villas, collections of jewellery glass and weaponry and a well laid out range of artefacts with some good context built around the exhibits. Well worth the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This small museum is well worth a visit, as it contains numerous exhibits related to Canterbury's Roman past. The exhibits are well laid out and informative, and it's truly amazing what has been uncovered about the city's Roman past. If you enjoy history, you'll enjoy this museum; strongly recommend.

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