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Canterbury Roman Museum

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Address: 11A Butchery Lane, Canterbury CT1 2JR, England
Phone Number:
+44 1227 785575
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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Visit with children, rainy day in Canterbury

We visited 2 adults and 3 children on a rainy Sunday. It was very quiet, for the most part we had the museum to ourselves. We got the worksheets £1 each and our children aged 9... read more

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West Sussex, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We visited 2 adults and 3 children on a rainy Sunday. It was very quiet, for the most part we had the museum to ourselves. We got the worksheets £1 each and our children aged 9 completed them on the way round. They are currently learning about the Romans at school so very informative and great to see the uncovered... More 

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Stroud, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Really interesting facts displayed in a way that you can remember facts. Shoe maker, mosaics, the mystery of where exactly the temple is located , clothes, Samoan ware etc etc.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We paid a visit to this little museum when we visited Canterbury, It has quite a lot to offer when it comes to Roman Life such as showing a marketplace, Roman glass and a Roman floor with Mosaics found, For an adult it cost 8 Pounds that I think is quite normal. It's Worth a visit if you have some... More 

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Thank Marie-Louise K
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A well laid out roman experience, specifically for children, but with enough to keep parents interested. Our 5 and 3 year olds both liked looking for the mouse in each room.

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Thank John E
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Interesting little museum in the heart of Canterbury. A bit pricy at £8 but better value if you get the joint ticket with the heritage museum. What's good is the way the exhibits are set out, for instance those to do with trade are set out in little shops and those to do with cooking are set out in a... More 

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Thank Stuart C
Canterbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A beautiful small museum with some Roman antiquites as well as the place where the Roman Baths once stood. Some nice mosaics are visible on the Roman baths remains. A beautiful Roman town is replicated in the museum with wax works. Entry fee required.

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Thank berenicewatersm
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There is a lot of stuffs to see. Interesting. Beautiful mosaics. Based on a ruin. You have also educatif games for children.

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Thank Caroline T
Canterbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I volunteered to go with my granddaughter's school last spring and found it most interesting. The children were able to get involved in some of the exhibits and I dressed up as a Roman! We learnt about Canterbury whilst the Romans were here and saw loads of evidence of their occupation.

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Thank Murdoch46
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

This is a fantastic little museum. The displays show you how real normal people lived in Roman Canterbury. The displays include a Roman fast food kiosk, a vegetable seller, a shoemaker and more. Done in a way so you could begin to really appreciate how life for the average citizen might have been like. They show normal everyday things like... More 

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Thank Jody M
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

This is a good museum. It combines reconstructions of aspects of life in Roman Canterbury with many actual Roman artefacts found locally.

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