The Canterbury Roman Museum contains artefacts, including the remains of a Roman courtyard house, that depict what life was like in Canterbury during Roman times.
A settlement known as Durovernum Cantiacorum developed in the first century and reached its peak around 300 AD and during this time it was an important point on the route between Dubris (Dover) and Londinium (London).
Remnants of Roman pavement were discovered following bombing during the Second World War and this, along with the remains of the Roman house on the site, formed the basis of the Canterbury Roman Museum, which was established in 1961.
What to see at Canterbury Roman Museum
The museum is centred around the remains of a Roman-era courtyard house and features the only remaining in-situ mosaic pavement in the United Kingdom.
The museum also has a number of other Roman artefacts that have been discovered in Canterbury and elsewhere in Kent. These include the Canterbury Treasure, a Roman hoard comprising jewellery and other silver objects, which was found in Canterbury in 1962.
Other exhibits include a reconstructed Roman house and a display showing how Roman Canterbury developed and also a display depicting the decline of the Roman empire in Kent.
Visiting Canterbury Roman Museum
Canterbury Roman Museum is located in the heart of the historic city centre and most other points of interest in Canterbury are no more than a 10-minute walk from here. It is only a one-minute walk to the main entrance to the cathedral precinct, a three-minute walk to the Beaney House of Art and Knowledge and it is a seven-minute walk to St Augustine’s Abbey.
The standard admission charge £9.60 but entry is free of charge if you have a National Art Pass.
The museum is fully accessible for visitors with disabilities.
Allow 1–2 hours for your visit to the museum.