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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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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.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Although the number of Roman artefacts is somewhat limited, the layout and explanations offered throughout are quite impressive. Almost every aspect of Roman life in Canterbury is explained in meticulous detail and the museum makes the most of the original material it has.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Don't be fooled by the small entrance the exhibits are under ground and well worth a visit it's well set out and there's no rush you can even try on costumes and there's plenty to see

Thank Irene H
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a pretty small but well presented museum. Lots of good artifacts and well written information. Really depicts the life and times of Roman Canterbury and beyond. The focal point, for me, was the Roman house remains including mosaic floor and underfloor heating. I'd say it would take about an hour to go round the whole museum although we... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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 August 16, 2016

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 August 14, 2016 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.

Thank K H

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