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Canterbury Roman Museum

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Address: 11A Butchery Lane, Canterbury CT1 2JR, England
Phone Number: +44 1227 785575
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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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This is pretty neat. After German bombed Canterbury in WWII the ruins were discovered. You can actually see the actual tile road that was laid during Roman times. Pretty neat... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This is pretty neat. After German bombed Canterbury in WWII the ruins were discovered. You can actually see the actual tile road that was laid during Roman times. Pretty neat. It is a small museum but I thought it was worth a look.

Thank Karen P
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Fantastic place to visit, the History of Roman Canterbury all in one fantastic easy to access building .

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

In Canterbury, this is a real find not far from the Canterbury Cathedral----well if you are interested in what the Romans were up to in this neck of woods way back when. The view of the ancient Roman road with tiles is rich. Check it out.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband wanted to show me this little treasure but the signs were a bit misleading as to how to find it. Still got there and enjoyed a walk around and the presentation was wonderful. Unfortunately due to lighting photo's of the remains are hard to take because of reflections but we appreciate you are meant to enjoy the experience... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We took a random trip to Canterbury out of the blue. While there we heard about this museum. It advertises itself as England's only roman museum. Was nice to walk around and very good to see the mosaics and underfloor heating that has been preserved but the rest was pretty much like any other roman museum I've been to (hence... More 

Thank Adam B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Visited Canterbury Roman Museum with my family today. Really enjoyed it. There are superb visual displays showing what Canterbury would have looked like 2,000 years ago. There are lots of amazing artefacts from Celtic and Roman Canterbury. The information is clear and interesting and the actual Roman pavement preserved in situ is incredible. It's quite a small, niche museum, but... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Went here on a afternoon whim, interesting and educational - not overly academic - interesting history of the area

Thank Devon S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

A great collection of Roman artefacts found in the city with plans and artists impressions of the old Roman town. Good explanation of what they ate and how they lived. Highly recommended.

Thank Charles R
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

If you are interested in things Roman you should really go along. After the bombing in world war 2 a lot of remains were I gather discovered and this gives a new and interesting dimension to the city. If you aren't interested in things Roman I'm not sure coming will change your mind.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

This is the main place to get facts on the Roman prescence in Canterbury. As well as the guided town walk.

Thank John S

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