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Canterbury Roman Museum

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Address: 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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Free entry as we live in Canterbury. Enjoyable to take in the local history. interactive learning available for the children too so its enjoyable for the whole family.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 1, 2016
Canterbury, United Kingdom
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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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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Oslo, Norway
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW 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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Llandybie, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

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

Thank Richard2369
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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.

Thank Jimmy H
Canterbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

Free entry as we live in Canterbury. Enjoyable to take in the local history. interactive learning available for the children too so its enjoyable for the whole family.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2016

Though as mentioned in other reviews it can be expensive to those who do not hold a my Canterbury card, it is worth it. If it is a history lover day out then I recommend doing this and the Canterbury museum on the same day as you can get a deal on entry to both. The museum give a good... More 

Thank Haydn C
Dunfermline, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016

I followed the signs to find this, but I don't know if it was me, bit I just could not find this place. I ended up asking a policeman for directions. The ruins were uncovered from when the Germans bombed Canterbury in World War 2. This was the first Roman house/mosaics I have been to and it was fantastic to... More 

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Rustington, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2016

I knew before I went that most visitors had the same complaint. £8 per person is pretty steep for a museum that really only takes 30-45 mins to go through and absorb. There are the ubiquitous wax dummies and examples of the Roman way of life. The highlight is, of course, the mosaics and the remains of the baths that... More 

Thank ruthsalhus
Canterbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2016

A really interesting museum. Fascinating to realise there was another city before our Canterbury. The Romans seemed to have everything they required from food to clothing. The exibits are amazing and mosty found in Canterbury. Surprised we were the only visitors. Perhaps they need more marketing.

Thank Susan P
Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

Well worth the entrance fee and lots to see and do. Well set out and easy to get around the site. Very educational.

Thank kazzb2016

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