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Canterbury Heritage Museum

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Address: Stour Street, Canterbury CT1 2NR, England (Formerly Heritage Museum)
Phone Number:
+44 1227 475202
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Hours:
Wed - Sun 11:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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This remarkable building, housing the museum's vast collection, has lived...

This remarkable building, housing the museum's vast collection, has lived through six centuries of the city's history. Rebuilt in its current form in 1373, it stands today as one of Canterbury's finest surviving medieval buildings. On arrival visitors are taken on a journey through time from the days when mammoths walked our coastlines to the Second World War bombings in Canterbury. From Anglo-Saxon treasures and rare Tudor finds to the 'Invicta' steam engine and even the original Bagpuss, this double-story museum and its collections capture the eclectic character of Canterbury and the wonderful things that make it the historical and cultural centre it is today.

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Nice museum in Canterbury

This is a nice museum in Canterbury showing the history of the town and the area, It's Worth a visit when in Canterbury. There is about Thomas, the archbishopm and the WWII as... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Marie-Louise K
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Mariestad, Sverige
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Mariestad, Sverige
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a nice museum in Canterbury showing the history of the town and the area, It's Worth a visit when in Canterbury. There is about Thomas, the archbishopm and the WWII as well as a nice exhibit aboit Rupert the Bear.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good value if you but the joint ticket with the Roman Museum. The museum is housed in a 12th century Poor Priests' Hospital just off the city centre. The building itself is very impressive particularly the main hall. You walk round visiting different periods in turn (Roman, Norman, Medieval etc) I was particularly amazed to see the old Victorian steam... More 

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Sunday, half term, we went to Canterbury Heritage Museum set within a stunning thirteenth century poor priests hospital. We were taken through two thousand years of history. Starting with Paleolithic hand axes and a mammoths tusk we were shown gold Iron Age coins and Roman silver spoons! Medieval Canterbury included Cathedral building and the murder of Thomas Becket. Followed by... More 

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very interesting - visited in half term, check opening times as winter admissions vary. Could have stayed for ages, lots of info about Becket and the pilgrims. Also there were sections about the Canterbury Blitz and local authors and artists.

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Thank Tinygreen
Canterbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A lovely ex monastery where the history of Canterbury is explained. Nice collection of Canterbury's past in a nice historical place.

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Do not be afraid of visiting the Heritage Museum tucked away in Stour Street. The staff are very helpful and you get a feel for life in the past. It is kept beautiful in the front and the exhibits are kept up to date and authentic. Well worth a visit... do not miss it.

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Thank Robert C
Kettering, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

We went to the Heritage Museum just to while away an hour - we ended up staying for 3 ! There is so much information, all extremely well presented and interesting - and the added bonus of seeing Bagpuss and Rupert Bear. I know that Museums aren't everybody's cup of tea, but this place really is worth a visit and... More 

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Ramsgate, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

Despite living quite locally, I'd only ever been here once before for work, but always planned to return with the kids. The museum itself is hidden away down a side street, but is very well signposted throughout the city, so I would think visitors would find it quite easily (we know this city extremely well so knew where to go).... More 

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Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

So much to see, the small entrance is deceiving. Lovely history of Canterbury ' s history, ancient and more modern. I would thoroughly recommend a visit!

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Wylam, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

We loved this museum with its very varied displays of local history and life. The Rupert Bear room took us back to childhood.

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