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Canterbury Roman Museum

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Address: 11A Butchery Lane, Canterbury CT1 2JR, England
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+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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A small gem!

It is a bit hidden, as I expected the museum entrance to be more visible - it looks really tiny. It is an interesting place to go however, entertaining for both adults and... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
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London, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

It is a bit hidden, as I expected the museum entrance to be more visible - it looks really tiny. It is an interesting place to go however, entertaining for both adults and children. Not many people go there - pity! - but it allows the visitors to enjoy the exhibition in peace. We also had a go at the... More 

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Chichester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This museum was surprisingly good value. We bought a 'multi' ticket to enter this, as well as the Heritage Museum. This was very good value as this museum has a large number off artifacts on display. Our visit lasted about an hour. If Roman history is your thing you will like this museum.

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Thank chichick63
Reading, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Tiny museum, more reading stories out of cardboards than seeing artefacts really. Still nice way to pass an hour in between doing other things - plus we got to dress as romans at the end!

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Thank Joichiro N
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A surprisingly little museum with some nice little objects - we went round at a leisurely pace and finished up about an hour after entry. Well worth a visit - especially since two children go in free with one adult, making it £8 for all three of us.

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Thank Keeley C
London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited on a spring Saturday in April. I'm a big fan of all things Roman so didn't want to miss this museum as we had in other trips to the city. Although hidden down a small side road off the main thoroughfare, it's well worth a visit in my opinion. It does have lots of information boards and pictures... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Roman Museum is underground where ground level was 2000 years ago. There were photos of the archaeologists at work before the building on top was constructed with this museum and its mosaics left underneath. Overall the museum was a little underwhelming with more posters than artefacts.

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Crawley, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 March 2017

We visited this museum failry soon after opening on a Sunday in March. Consequenlty I think that there was only us and one or two other couples there. The musuem isn't big and had quite a lot of writing to read. I thought that it was well presented though and very pleasant to wander through. I was particulalry intrigued by... More 

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Thank MarkOfCrawley
Nottingham
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

A good museum and well laid out but a bit of an anti climax compared to what I was expecting. A lot of information about Roman way of life.

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West Sussex, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 26 February 2017 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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Reviewed 21 February 2017

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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