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Canterbury Heritage Museum

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Address: Stour Street, Canterbury CT1 2NR, England (Formerly Heritage Museum)
Phone Number:
+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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A wide range of things

We have been a couple of times & everyone has enjoyed themselves both times. There are a lot of things for the kids to interact with, discovering artifacts, World War 2 role play... read more

Reviewed 20 April 2015
Dan B
Pershore, United Kingdom
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Pershore, United Kingdom
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52 reviews
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Reviewed 20 April 2015 via mobile

We have been a couple of times & everyone has enjoyed themselves both times. There are a lot of things for the kids to interact with, discovering artifacts, World War 2 role play, writing names in Norse, f

Thank Dan B
Isle of Thanet, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2015

fantastic what they have done with this unique museum so many interesting objects to see for all ages and interests loved it and would recommend it to anybody.

2 Thank Dawn P
Whitstable, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 16 March 2015

I brought my daughter here as a treat and she left a very happy little girl. We saw bag puss and the changers!! She had no idea who they were but she happily sat and watched bag puss in the little tv. Will come back loads!!

3 Thank sarah m
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2015 via mobile

This is my tip for any visitors. It's probably a great museum, but the opening times are erratic. Please check before you make a long trip. We live 4 hours away, and seeing the Clangers was high on our list of things to do. It wasn't open over our 4 day visit, including a weekend, despite being open last month... More 

3 Thank Steve N
Ashford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2015

Took my nephew in here and it was wonderful to see all the things that are in there. But this was some time ago.

2 Thank leighh906
Carlsbad, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2015

There was so much here to see and learn. I wish I had gone to the Roman museum before I had come here.

2 Thank Sophia T
Doncaster, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 February 2015

We bought a ticket for this and the Roman Museum, went there first, and then came here, which is the best way to do it as this museum picks up the story after the Romans. The building itself is magnificent, and used to it's best to show the history of Canterbury. Lots of activities for children, and informative, not dry... More 

5 Thank Christine H
Higham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 February 2015 via mobile

This is great for children and has lots of activities to keep them happy. We spent about 2 hours with a five year old in here any he didn't get bored once. We saw Bagpuss and Ivor the Engine which brought back lots of childhoo memories. A really good day out.

1 Thank TeamC007
Worthing, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 February 2015

A wonderful old building beautifully restored. Every aspect of the Cities history is covered. Well layed out and activities for children as well

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St Neots, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 16 February 2015

This is by far the best attraction in Canterbury despite not being open year round. The museum is superbly organized, interesting, covers a very long timeline of history, and does it very well. The place is superbly restored and maintained, and well explained reference its role in history. See this place first to understand everything else you're going to see... More 

2 Thank Dave C

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