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“Very new, nothing out of the ordinary”

Canterbury Roman Museum
Ranked #25 of 116 things to do in Canterbury
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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…
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Baby buggy parking, Stairs / lift
Reviewed 16 August 2014

After we finally found the museum (could see the signs and could see it on the Smartphone, but we just couldn't find it!), we found the staff extremely welcoming and friendly. It is well laid out, very clean (which is why I am assuming it is new) but honestly not a lot of hands on stuff (which we are used to at other Roman museums) or even a trail for the children to do to engage them more. The dressing up section at the end was good - luckily it wasn't busy otherwise it would have been a tight squeeze. You could go around the museum as many times as you liked, which was good, some of the exhibits were very interesting but I just have the feeling that it is lacking 'something'. We went around the museum in well under an hour - which shows that there really wasn't anything that we all wanted to stop and look at - but the fact that you could go around as many times as you wanted meant that - as it was raining - we took advantage of. Just feel slightly disappointed by it.

Thank 73Veronica
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Reviewed 8 August 2014

The museum is small but well presented, but there are much better Roman exhibits you can go to, especially as you have to pay to vist this one. The actual Roman room flooring and heating were OK but have seen better. Was fairly quiet when I went so went round the exhibits a couple of times but soon saw everything I needed to.

Thank Alan F
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Reviewed 2 August 2014

As it seems, bombing during the War revealed the remains of the city during roman times. However, little was found, say, intact. In spite of that, the whole place is well conceived and carefully thought, ending up in a sequence of maps, post and pieces shown along the one-way path throughout the museum. It is worth visiting after other major spots in Canterbury. Kids will also enjoy.

1  Thank Roberto P
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Reviewed 26 July 2014

Visited this museum a couple of days ago. Very interesting and informative with lots of original roman pieces and reenactments of roman shops and rooms. Also included original roman underfloor heating and mosaics. Good value for money. Will interest all ages.

Thank claytonbaker
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Reviewed 19 July 2014

About average for a Roman Museum - I've seen worse, but also seen much better.

I liked the parts specifically referring to Canterbury, and the Roman market stall reconstructions were amusing (don't know how authentic they are - but good fun for children) - see pics.

The excavation bit was disappointing, the (free) display in Waterstone's basement was better.

2  Thank OffshoreAlan
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