Canterbury Roman Museum

Canterbury Roman Museum
Butchery Lane
Canterbury
Kent
CT1 2JR
England

Website

www.canterbury-museums.co.uk

E-mail

Museums

museums@canterbury.gov.uk

Telephone

01227 785 575

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Canterbury Roman Museum
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Explore the Roman town beneath your feet. Canterbury's underground Roman Museum is built around the remains of a Roman town house with mosaics preserved where excavated.

Descend 100 years with each step or by lift to the Roman street level. Stroll through the marketplace, look inside recreated Roman rooms, and discover amazing finds including a hoard of hidden treasure.

See how little has changed since Roman times when viewing rare tools, or how much could be made of simple items like bones. Be amazed by collections of intricate Roman glass flasks and bottles, jewellery and a silver spoon hoard.

Handle, sort and classify real Roman pottery fragments and other objects relating to Roman:
- everyday life
- building materials
- rubbish
- mosaics

Museum highlights include Roman:
- mosaic floors preserved where excatvated
- hypocaust (underfloor heating system) preserved where excavated
- digital reconstruction of a Roman town house
- rare cavalry horse-harness fittigs, one of only two sets in the world
- rare tools - Roman spade, carpenter's square and mason's trowel
- gateway hinge, part of Canterbury's Riding Gate on Watling Street to Dover
- building materials including roof tiles with Roman dog-paw prints
- painted plaster fragments with flowers, patterns and dancer's feet
- finds from Canterbury's Roman baths, including gaming counters, toiletry items and bath lining
- figurines of gods including horse goddess and Gaulish male
- metal vessels, ewers and dishes used in religious ceremonies
- pottery, imported fine Samian ware and locally-made pots

The impressive pillared entrance is in Butchery Lane and very close to the Cathedral.

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

Monday to Sunday 10am - 5pm (last entry 4pm).

Admission charges

Adults £6.00
Discounts £5.00
Children free to a maximum of two children per paying adult.

Group tickets available.

Discounts

  • Museums Association
Getting there

The Museum is located off the High Street and very near the Cathedral.
5 minutes walk from the City Centre
10 minutes walk from Canterbury West
15 minutes walk from Canterbury East
10 minutes walk from the City's Park & Ride terminal and bus station.

Parking : with charge

Nearest station : 1 mile (1.6 kms) from Canterbury East station

Access to Roman level via lift, then level access throughout museum.

Collection details

Archaeology

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Make a Roman gladius sword

  • 25 October — 2 November 2014

Investigate evidence for Roman soldiers as you explore the galleries, try on a Roman soldier's uniform in the hands on area and make a cardboard gladius sword to take home. Suitable for families with children age 5 to 12

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Activity included in standard museum admission, all children go free

Website

http://www.canterbury-museums.co.uk

How to be a Roman soldier

  • 1 November 2014 10am-4pm

Meet a Roman soldier and join the Roman army as it prepares to invade Britain! Take part in training, try on uniform, learn fighting techniques and fire a Roman catapult. Discover evidence for Roman soldiers in Canterbury and make a cardboard gladius sword to take home. Suitable for families with children age 5 to 12

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Activity included in standard museum admission, all children go free

Website

http://www.canterbury-museums.co.uk

Getting there

The Museum is located off the High Street and very near the Cathedral.
5 minutes walk from the City Centre
10 minutes walk from Canterbury West
15 minutes walk from Canterbury East
10 minutes walk from the City's Park & Ride terminal and bus station.

Parking : with charge

Nearest station : 1 mile (1.6 kms) from Canterbury East station

Access to Roman level via lift, then level access throughout museum.

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