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“Not worth a visit”

Canterbury Roman Museum
Ranked #14 of 113 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: Stairs / lift, Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Baby buggy parking
Reviewed 20 May 2009

The museum looks more like a school project. There is not much to see, especially for people who might have visited Roman ruins in Italy or even Bath, Sommerset. It is merely a collections of some silver spoons, ornaments and three badly preserved mosaic flooring. The small area in the basement of Waterstone's bookstore with Roman ruins is more to the point.

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Reviewed 1 March 2008

I absolutely hate giving a negative review to a museum but after spending time at the Roman Museum I really wish I had skipped it.

The museum is underground and built on the remains of a Roman townhouse discovered after the Germans bombed the area.

The displays were poorly done and the information presented about Roman Canterbury was very basic. The actual preserved mosaics are sparse and disappointing. Much of the museum is geared toward small children. All in all, this museum is in need of an update.

You can purchase a Canterbury Passport which gives access to this museum, the Museum of Canterbury (very good) and West Gate Towers (also good).

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