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Canterbury Roman Museum

11A Butchery Lane, Canterbury CT1 2JR, England
+44 1227 785575
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Opens your eyes to the Roman history of Canterbury.

A great collection of Roman artefacts found in the city with plans and artists impressions of the... read more

Reviewed October 18, 2016
Charles R
History of Canterbury

If you are interested in things Roman you should really go along. After the bombing in world war 2... read more

Reviewed October 9, 2016
Westcliff-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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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…
  • Excellent31%
  • Very good43%
  • Average21%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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11A Butchery Lane, Canterbury CT1 2JR, England
+44 1227 785575
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Reviewed October 18, 2016

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
Reviewed October 9, 2016 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...More

Thank 60canterb
Reviewed October 1, 2016

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

Thank John S
Reviewed October 1, 2016

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
Reviewed September 28, 2016 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...More

Thank Kane C
Reviewed September 25, 2016

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
Reviewed September 24, 2016

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.

Thank Angus and Janet P
Reviewed September 23, 2016

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...More

Thank Patrick N
Reviewed September 20, 2016

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...More

Thank hrtraveler
Reviewed September 20, 2016

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.

Thank jon0269
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