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Canterbury Roman Museum

11A Butchery Lane, Canterbury CT1 2JR, England
+44 1227 785575
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My favourite tourist attraction in Canterbury

I've been in the Roman Museum a few times now - all highly enjoyable visits. Staff there are... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Folkestone, United Kingdom
Good but expensive hour

Once we managed to locate it, on the opposite side of the block to that shown on the Visit... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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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 good43%
  • Average21%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
11A Butchery Lane, Canterbury CT1 2JR, England
+44 1227 785575
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Reviewed 2 days ago

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
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Once we managed to locate it, on the opposite side of the block to that shown on the Visit Canterbury map, we enjoyed the history and the view of the footings/ mosaic underneath. The artist image of what the Roman town might have looked like...More

Thank E8887TZmartinp
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well exhibited local roman finds; beautifully preserved mosaics and building remains. Ideal for children with plenty of dressing up and activities.to try. My party was visiting Australian ladies and they were captivated.

Thank ernie09Kent
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A well put together illustration of the Roman past in Canterbury, explaining clearly what happened and ending with a complete, though badly damaged, mosaic floor from a villa.

Thank David R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Unless you ask or know this place it is rather easy to miss, being hidden down a lane but for those lucky enough to find it, enjoy for it is a hidden treasure and well worth the exploration to find XX

Thank egallagher41
Reviewed 10 September 2017

An interesting view of life in Roman Times in Canterbury. How relics survive is always suprising! The underfloor heating proves nothing is new, and the mosaics that have been unesrthed make you wonder at the skill of the craftsmen in Roman Times. Worth getting a...More

Thank Davidctc
Reviewed 6 September 2017

It is located tucked in a small ally, but well worth a visit! It will tell you all about the Roman times in Canterbury and surrounding area, and then the period after the Roman left. Well worth a visit!

Thank Freindlytraveller
Reviewed 3 September 2017

If you've got a spare hour, the Roman Museum is good to visit. We paid £12 for entrance to both the Roman Museum and the Heritage Museum, which was a good deal. It takes about an hour to explore the whole museum.

Thank Tasneem_A_London
Reviewed 26 August 2017

This museum is down a side street near the entrance to the cathedral and it is easy to walk past the small entrance. It's main attraction is the remains of a Roman road uncovered after wartime bombing, however the lighting doesn't enhance the viewing experience!...More

Thank crumpets4tea
Reviewed 26 August 2017 via mobile

Canterbury's Roman Museum is an enjoyable way to learn a bit about Roman Canterbury and how archeologists have pieced together clues gained from artifacts uncovered over a period of years. It's especially appropriate for kids because the dioramas of Roman life are rich with detail....More

Thank Elizabeth S
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