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Canterbury Heritage Museum

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Address: Stour Street, Canterbury CT1 2NR, England (Formerly Heritage Museum)
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+44 1227 475202
11:00 - 17:00
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Wed - Sun 11:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

This remarkable building, housing the museum's vast collection, has lived...

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.

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Nostalgia for people older than me (haha)

Got reduced priced tickets for this attraction as we brought tickets to the roman museum. Some of it covers the Roman museum but only a small part. There is a fantasic Rupert the... read more

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Got reduced priced tickets for this attraction as we brought tickets to the roman museum. Some of it covers the Roman museum but only a small part. There is a fantasic Rupert the Bear exhibit as well a children shows from 70s (Bagpuss, Noggin the Nog and The Clangers)

Thank Kaywaiting
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10 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely friendly museum and it is so important we keep these local museums, so that we keep local people interested in their heritage.

Thank freebeeQueensland
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Like probably 99% of visitors, we went to see Bagpuss - and doing so was the highlight of our trip, being 40-somethings with fond memories of the greatest children's TV programme ever made. The exhibit preserves Emily's shop window complete with the saggy old cat himself, Madeline the Ragdoll, Gabriel the Toad, Professor Yaffle and the Mice on the Mouse... More 

Thank John O
Caterham, United Kingdom
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162 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a great place. A historic building housing lots of ancient history. Great WWII history also covered. Even had information on BagPuss and Rupert Bear. A lovely afternoon spent here. Would recommend.

Thank Joyce J
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The first shoch was the price £8 for a small museum! An interesting collection, housed in a wonderful historic building. A attempt, which appeared to be an afterthought, to be child-friendly involved irrelevant activities; no children present. Several inaccurate or poor labels and signs. Some attempt to accommodate disabled, not consistent. When I went, the place was deserted, mid-afternoon. HAving... More 

Thank Malcolm J
Chichester, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviewed 21 April 2017

A wonderful museum, items are well laid out to explain the local history within the wider picture. The building has been cleverly adapted to house the museum, making the most of it's ancient structure and history. Our visit lasted over one and a half hours which given the size of the museum tells you how much there is to see.... More 

Thank chichick63
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 April 2017

There is more to see here than first meets the eye. The museum caters for all ages and there seems to be something interesting in every corner.

Thank vivlock
Carlisle, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 March 2017

A fascinating museum with some real treasures- early Christian pendants and steam engines; Conrad's study and Bagpuss. Fabulous!

Thank Bob190736
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Reviewed 28 March 2017

Didn't expect much but, boy, was I wrong! A really informative, well laid out local museum, telling the story of Canterbury from pre-history to late 1900s. It is also housed in a well preserved 14th century building. Well worth a visit and was reasonably priced.

Thank Stephen D
Mariestad, Sverige
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Reviewed 18 February 2017

This is a nice museum in Canterbury showing the history of the town and the area, It's Worth a visit when in Canterbury. There is about Thomas, the archbishopm and the WWII as well as a nice exhibit aboit Rupert the Bear.

Thank Marie-Louise K

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