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Canterbury Roman Museum

11A Butchery Lane, Canterbury CT1 2JR, England
+44 1227 785575
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A must do visit to understand Canterbury rich history

We took our kids 4 and 7 to the Roman Museum and they loved it, with the interactivity, detail... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
London, United Kingdom
A must see in Canterbury!

Small but informative museum. Well laid out and good for children as it has quite a few... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
London, 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 good44%
  • Average20%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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“behind glass” (6 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
11A Butchery Lane, Canterbury CT1 2JR, England
+44 1227 785575
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We took our kids 4 and 7 to the Roman Museum and they loved it, with the interactivity, detail, historical artefacts, revealing pictures and the ruins exposed to the bare tiles. Allow for 1-2 hrs to get the full benefit and go slow through the...More

Thank dionysus3467
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Small but informative museum. Well laid out and good for children as it has quite a few activities for them to take part in. It houses a Roman pavement in the remains of a Roman courtyard house which is fascinating to see. I was initially...More

Thank csbdag6
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Small but well-laid out museum with an interesting range of objects well displayed - lots of evidence of local metal detecting. Interesting section on early antiquarians and the discovery of Roman Canterbury. Small shop focused on children - would have been nice to have a...More

Thank Susan B
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

It does what it sets out to do. Simply and easily tells the story of roman Canterbury. Good value, no frills.

Thank sarahandmarkb
Reviewed 17 December 2017

A lot of bigger Museums could take a leaf out of this Museum's book. It is not big however you will find very interesting and informative displays and artefacts on display with easy to read descriptions with the highlight coming at the end with the...More

Thank jason t
Reviewed 7 December 2017 via mobile

Tucked away down a side street is the Roman Museum. Although small,it ckntains loads of interesting artefacts including an amazing pavement. Definitely worth a visit.

Thank C0untrymusicl0ver
Reviewed 20 November 2017 via mobile

We visited Canterbury Tales and saw a joint ticket offer with the Roman museum. It turns out that the Roman Museum was more interesting. It was really informative looking through the Roman History of Canterbury and seeing such a selection of Roman artefacts including a...More

Thank MKMK23
Reviewed 13 November 2017

This small museum deserves to be better known: it is a gem. The galleries are fascinating, and a lot of thought and effort have evidently gone into their design. There is far more to the museum - and far more known about Roman times in...More

Thank Tryphaena
Reviewed 20 October 2017

This museum is fairly small by museum standards but a very interesting one. I visited the Museum on the way to the Cathedral and it was worth the visit. We often don't appreciate the Roman influence on many parts of Britain, and there are fine...More

Thank Calala7
Reviewed 16 October 2017

I've been in the Roman Museum a few times now - all highly enjoyable visits. Staff there are knowledgeable and friendly. Last time I was there you could purchase a combined ticket with the Canterbury Heritage Museum, which didn't have to be used on the...More

Thank wherelolawent
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