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

small if you have been to other roman museums, was ok for my children, nothing fantastic for the price, a wet day activity i guess

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

small if you have been to other roman museums, was ok for my children, nothing fantastic for the price, a wet day activity i guess

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you buy the joint ticket to this and the heritage museum it makes both slightly better value for money and if you have the time then you really should as the content is obviously similiar. Though there are some nice displays with recreations of Roman domestic life and typical shops, the highlight are the preserved Mosaics and foundations towards... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent museum, children free, adults £8. We loved it. Lots of interesting displays and information, not too much written info. Dressing up for kids and sometimes craft making but not when we visited. Some displays interactive. Would go again.

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Thank K H
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Before going to Canterbury, I had no idea that it had any Roman history. Thus, this was a pleasant surprise and very interesting. It isn't very big, but what is there was neat to learn about.

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Thank MandersTravels
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We headed to the museum as my eldest son has a keen interest on Romans. He was not disappointed, he loved the displays and the ruins we could see. The final area had lots of activities for children to partake and I think we spent more time here than in the rest of the museum, A good little find tucked... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I'm a real fan of roman sites, so I always look for them on my travels. This museum had some really unusual glassware which I really liked and the displays were generally very informative. There were lots of plastic dummies enacting scenes from roman life, I used to be terrified of these as a child and it was a bit... More 

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This museum is tucked away a bit but well worth coming to look for. Many people do not know that Canterbury has some surviving bath ruins but here they are and they are quite extensive! The model scenes of how life would have been in Roman times are fun too. The video explaining Canterburys history and its importance in Roman... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Not a must in my view but had some interesting stuff in terms of the roman history of Canterbury. Fun to try out helmets etc in the end.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016 via mobile

A truly excellent Roman museum. Very informative and well worth a visit. An enjoyable time learning about our history.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2016

Fantastic exhibition full of interesting facts and displays. Some beautiful examples of Roman glassware, and two interesting mosaic floor features. Would strongly recommend as part of a trip to Canterbury, to get a historical context of the development of the city.

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