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Displays at the Canterbury Heritage Museum includes Anglo-Saxon treasures, Oliver Postgate's Thomas Becket story, the Tudors, Joseph Conrad's study, the Blitz gallery, Stephenson's original Invicta railway engine, Rupert Bear and the real Bagpuss.
Around Canterbury Heritage Museum there are over 30 exciting hands-on activities for families - you can write your name in Viking runes, sniff medieval poo, investigate finds like an archaeologist, try on Elizabethan costume and listen to wartime memories.
Oliver Postgate and Peter Firmin created their much loved children's programme just outside Canterbury. See the real Bagpuss in Emily's shop window, original Clangers, Ivor the Engine and Noggin the Nog. And discover some Bagpuss secrets!
Rupert Bear was created by Canterbury-born Mary Tourtel. Discover his fascinating story, join in his adventures, see inside his house, and enjoy lots of fun activities including a giant snakes and ladders game.
Built in 1373, the museum was originally a medieval hospital for poor, sick and retired priests. Explore this magnificent timber-framed building to discover fascinating stories of former uses from medieval hospital, to workhouse and World War Two ambulance station, and marvel at its magnificent crown post roofs blackened by centuries of smoke.
Spend some time relaxing or picnicking in the medieval herb garden.
Free Digiguide Tour - see and listen to animated stories about famous Canterbury characters, key artefacts and aspects of the building's history on the museums hand-help computer guide. A highlights tour in English, French, German and Japanese.
Group rates apply to 10 or more. Large groups may have to be split into smaller parties to ease congestion around the museum.
Duration of visit
Allow plenty of time to enjoy your visit: 1.5 hours for the Canterbury Heritage Museum. Allow 20 minutes from the coach park - also add in some extra time for delays, which may occur on your journey.
Planning a visit
Teachers and group organisers are welcome to make a preliminary visit free of charge and to discuss with staff the practical arrangements for a group visit, and how to link to other attractions.
To ensure access without overcrowding, please telephone first to check available times and to make a booking.
For an additional charge, let an experienced guide show you round the Canterbury Heritage Museum and/or Canterbury Roman Museum. The tours last approximately 45 minutes and can be arranged to suit different ages and interests. They are operated separately by the Canterbury Guided Walking Tours and are available in English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, and Russian. Payment for tours should be made directly to the guide. Please contact Canterbury Guided Walking Tours on 01227 459779 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is a lunch room at the Canterbury Heritage Museum which must be booked in advance of your visit. 60p per pupil/student. For more information on booking this room, please contact the Canterbury Heritage Museum.
Canterbury Coach Park
|Season Dates||Opening Hours|
|Sat 17 - Fri 23 Dec 2016||Mon - Sun 11:00 to 17:00|
|Tue 27 - Fri 30 Dec 2016||Tue - Fri 11:00 to 17:00|
31 December 2016 and 1 January 2017 - Closed
School and group visits are accepted outside of seasonal opening times if booked in advance (please book at least one month in advance).
Circumstances may cause changes in opening times - please ring to check before making a special trip.
Group Rates 2016:
For groups 10+
TR 147577 51.27860 1.07767
Entrance through Stour Street, which is 5 minutes walk from the City Centre. 10 minutes walk from Canterbury West or 15 minutes walk from Canterbury East train station. 10 minutes from the City's Park and Ride terminal and bus station.
: 1 mile from Canterbury West station
- Baby changing facilities
- Coach parties accepted
- Disabled access
- Disabled toilets
- Education/study area
- Facilities for groups
- Facilities for educational visits
- Gift shop
- Accepts groups
- Children welcome
- Disabled access
- Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
- Smoking not allowed
Self-Assessed Accessibility Details
- Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
- From the entrance to reception / ticket area
- To the gift shop
- Good contrast between the floor and walls
- Lift equipped with verbal floor announcements
- Lift equipped with raised floor numbers or braille numbers or letters
- Baby changing facilities
- Visitor information available in large print (14pt and over)