Layers of history


Canterbury is an incredibly old city – even for the UK. It has been continually habituated for thousands of years. It is more well known for being the home of the Archbishop of Canterbury (the Head of the Anglican Church) and the destination/location of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.

 The Canterbury Roman Museum




Under the city are the remains of the older generations of Canterbury including the focus of this museum – Roman Canterbury.  The museum gives you an actual window to the archaeological remains!




Along with remains the museum uses mannequins to illustrate the life of a Roman in Canterbury.  This includes replica rooms of a house, a market which invite the visitor to be a Roman for a day.




I do love a good dress up station and was enticed to try on a toga!




The museum ends with an interactive archaeology section where you can dig, sift, clean and catalogue for remains left by the roman citizen of Canterbury.


Rating: 4/5


Pros: Great for kids, friendly staff, excellent interpretation, fun interactives, nice shop, excellent archaeology


Cons: It is mostly underground and can feel a bit claustrophobic at times, no café, the mannequins unsettled me a bit


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