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Canterbury Heritage Museum
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This remarkable building, housing the museum's vast collection, has lived through six centuries of the city's history. Rebuilt in its current form in 1373, it stands today as one of Canterbury's finest surviving medieval buildings. On arrival visitors are taken on a journey through time from the days when mammoths walked our coastlines to the Second World War bombings in Canterbury. From Anglo-Saxon treasures and rare Tudor finds to the 'Invicta' steam engine and even the original Bagpuss, this double-story museum and its collections capture the eclectic character of Canterbury and the wonderful things that make it the historical and cultural centre it is today.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children
Reviewed February 21, 2014

You can get a joint ticket to visit the Roman museum too. Vey informative museum with time lines telling you different things about the heritage. The Tudor part is my Favorite. The Museum is alot bigger than it looks.

1  Thank Roniandmartin
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"rupert bear"
in 24 reviews
"joint ticket"
in 12 reviews
"joseph conrad"
in 9 reviews
"second world war"
in 5 reviews
"prehistoric times"
in 3 reviews
"shop window"
in 3 reviews
"certain age"
in 3 reviews
"open wednesday"
in 2 reviews
"tv characters"
in 2 reviews
"local history"
in 9 reviews
"different periods"
in 2 reviews
"check opening times"
in 3 reviews
"modern times"
in 2 reviews
"small entrance"
in 2 reviews
"looked interesting"
in 2 reviews
"old building"
in 6 reviews
"worth a visit"
in 11 reviews

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Reviewed February 21, 2014

Bigger than it looks, was interesting and we learnt lots from our visit. Interesting things about Thomas Beckett. Better than we thought it would be.

Thank Gemma123527
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Reviewed February 15, 2014

If your child is a fan of Bagpuss or you just want to share some of your childhood memories with them then Canterbury Heritage Museum is a must see. It's the home of the real Bagpuss complete with all the supporting cast.

Thank Helen S
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Reviewed November 9, 2013

This museum looks smaller than it is. It's in a part of an old priory or some such, so the building itself is an exhibit as well as holding them. It begins with a little bit on pre-Roman Kent, though it really kicks off with the Anglo-Saxons. This is really the birthplace of England, and sometimes that shows. The timeline keeps marching on through the Viking raids, the Norman conquest, the cult of Thomas Beckett and its destruction under the Tudors. Things get a little more spare at that point, but only until the 1940s. Canterbury was severely bombed during the Blitz and there's a gallery dedicated to artefacts from this era (including a Morrison shelter, gasp masks, and recordings of stories from people who'd been there). These stories, together with the news articles, photographs, and other personal touches, made for a very compelling portrait of life in Kent during the second world war.

There are also exhibits on Joseph Conrad, Bagpuss, and Ruper the Bear.

At £8 it's a bit on the pricey side, so not one you can just duck in and out of--go with enough time to see the whole thing in order to make it feel worthwhile.

1  Thank cathteg
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Reviewed November 8, 2013

Very informative museum. It is well laid out with many Canterbury "artifcacts." They even have pink marble that may have been from St. Thomas Beckett's tomb. They provide a very credible explanation as to why it is probably from his tomb. Delightful staff. The staff at the front desk was great. One of the gentleman happened to walk through one of the exhibits while we were in there and provided additional background. I wish I remembered his name. I would definitely visit this museum again. It is in a less busy area but definitely worth finding. I would go there again if I am ever in Canterbury.

1  Thank GoBeagleGo
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