Canterbury Roman Museum
Canterbury Roman Museum
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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…
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Fatboybakes
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia76 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hail Caesar!!
    Very fascinating history, though for the size of the museum entrance fee was rather steep. Amazing artifacts, was most impressed to know Romans had nail clippers way back then. Darn cultured
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 25, 2023
  • Jacandhow
    Watford, United Kingdom2,041 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ok but expensive
    Worth spying out, but not really worth the entrance fee, in our opinion. Didn't take long to walk around, we downloaded the free guide onto my mobile, that gave us a lot of information. Good for a rainy day in Canterbury, which indeed it was
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 31, 2023
  • Becky H
    Hastings, United Kingdom287 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great museum
    This is a fantastic museum with numerous Roman artifacts. It was bigger than expected and had a lot of information but was very accessible with how it presented it. It was really interesting learning about the history of Canterbury during the Roman period and seeing unique artifacts to the area/period. I'd definitely recommend it to families and for those who have an interest in history.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 11, 2023
  • Sam W
    Maidstone, United Kingdom371 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A hidden but brilliant little museum on he hidden roman Canterbury.
    This is a well hidden museum but we worth a visit as it helps document the lost roman Canterbury rediscovered in the aftermath ofvthe Luftwaffe Bardeker Raids. It shows you the ruins, maps and finds which were unearthed after the second world War during the reconstruction of the shattered Canterbury. Freindly staff and disabled access make this a great visit.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written February 2, 2024
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Travelfromessex
Romford, UK685 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Solo
In the centre of town just off Burgate, this small museum gives an interesting run through the Roman period in the town.

I enjoyed the recreated Roman shops and also the mosaics and other parts of the house on the site that were only rediscovered in the 1940s.

Adult admission is a bit pricey at £9.60 but to be honest it's a fairly expensive town. Still worth a visit overall.
Written April 8, 2022
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DumDumBoy
London, UK256 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
...tough on the wallet. This museum strikes an uneasy balance between some wonderful moments (the mosaic floor and a detailed history) and being heavily targeted at the younger folk (perfect for school outings methinks). Hence my concern about the price - especially as the Westgate Towers (reviewed earlier by myself) is half the price and a much more evocative experience. However the good stuff outweighed the not so good. Hence the 4 green dots.
Written February 7, 2023
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Cherriesfan99
Cheltenham, UK877 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
The roman pavement (next to the exit / gift shop was without doubt the highlight of an otherwise tepid museum. Overall it was a bit tired, and rather disappointing which sort of matches the welcome we received at the pay desk - not a great start.
I am particularly interested in all aspects of history, but the museum rather let me cold. We left after 25 minutes - not great value for £9.30 each...........
Written September 30, 2021
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Atlanshia
Rochester, UK69 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
We visiting this museum after stumbling upon it during a day out in the area.

We have recently covered Romans as part of our home education curriculum and this was a lovely revisit. We'll set out and clean. Lots of interesting interactive areas in the museum too. Very educational.

The roman road was fantastic to see, my son adored seeing it.

Price was reasonable for the amount of information shared.

Written February 22, 2020
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Stephen C
Guildford, UK11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
A delightful and well layed out museum that brings the Roamn city to life. The artifacts are displayed along side displays to explain how they were used. In a few smal roms one is brought face to face with an idea as to how life weas lived in the Roman town Most enjoyable and worth a visit if you are at al interested in history.
Written September 18, 2021
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Sgt_Wilson
Norfolk, UK102 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
This museum takes you on a journey through time, explaining about Roman settlement rise and decline, and how Roman Canterbury has been uncovered.

As with most museums there is plenty to read, however they haven’t overdone it and it has been done in an accessible way.

The display cases have lots of artefacts with the relevant information provided.

There is small section set out as a Roman market place which was interesting.

The final section of the museum is the actual Roman bath house, with a section of hypocaust flooring, a corridor section, which leads to the mosaic floor. This was interesting to see, however, it would have been useful if the lighting could be dimmed in the public area, to enable a better viewing of the flooring through the glass.

It would also be a wise idea for more signs pointing to the museums location from The Parade and Burgate, as it is hidden down one of the side streets.

All in all a good museum to visit to get a good overview of Roman Britain and Roman Canterbury. We spent 1.5 hours wandering around.
Written October 9, 2022
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Whittlesford
Haselbury Plucknett, UK605 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
A very interesting museum which gathers together objects mostly from the Canterbury area illustrating how the city developed under the Romans, a bit of what went on before and how Second World War bombing allowed discovery of a whole lot more.

There is good pictorial reconstitution of how the town must have looked and also nicely separated areas, with artifacts and models of individuals, explaining how people lived and worked. Finally there are in situ mosaics and a hypocaust before you climb back up to street level. There is also a lift.
Written July 3, 2022
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RayStarbotton
Starbotton, UK24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
Well curated museum that gives a very good impression of what the old Roman city would have looked like. There are some good quality artefacts with clear descriptions of what they are. The original mosaic floor is right there in the same place that it was laid. I never tire of seeing old Roman artefacts because there is always something bit different and something new to learn.
Written April 29, 2022
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JaneMLondon
London114 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
If you are interested in the Romans in Britain then this is for you. A mix of information and actual artefacts as well as the mosaic pavement that is the big draw. We found it much bigger than we expected (it is underground so don't let the small front door fool you!)
Written January 22, 2023
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Sam W
Maidstone, UK371 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
This is a well hidden museum but we worth a visit as it helps document the lost roman Canterbury rediscovered in the aftermath ofvthe Luftwaffe Bardeker Raids. It shows you the ruins, maps and finds which were unearthed after the second world War during the reconstruction of the shattered Canterbury. Freindly staff and disabled access make this a great visit.
Written February 2, 2024
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