About Canterbury Roman Museum


Canterbury Roman Museum is built around the remains of a Roman town house with mosaics and under-floor heating, discovered after wartime bombing.

A flourishing Roman town once stood beneath the streets of modern Canterbury. You can see reconstruction views showing the pre-Roman Iron Age settlement, ‘Durovernon’, the early Roman town around AD 150, and the fully developed Roman town of about AD 300. Objects displayed include rare Roman building tools, a gateway hinge, painted plaster fragments, rare glass, a rare set of cavalry horse-harness fittings, finds from Canterbury’s Roman baths, and figurines of goddesses. A recreated marketplace includes a fast-food stall, shoemaker, cloth-seller and bone-pin maker. You can also explore a reconstructed dining room and handle replica dishes, dress up in a toga or Roman helmet, or make your own mosaic.

The centrepiece of the museum is the Roman ‘hypocaust’ under-floor heating system of a room in a Roman town house, and corridors with inset mosaics, all preserved where found.


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Roman mosaic pavement on display at Canterbury Roman Museum


Find out how a Roman town house was buried for centuries and revealed by wartime bombing.



Roman mosaic pavement


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Opening Times 

Monday to Sunday 10am to 5pm. Christmas eve and New Years eve closing at 4pm. Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day.



Adults £8.00

Discounts £6.00

Children free to a maximum of two children per paying adult

Group tickets available

Joint ticket for Heritage Museum and Roman Museum
Adults £10.00
Discounts £8.00

Admission free to MyTownMyCity users, except for some special events.


How to find us

Canterbury Roman Museum
Butchery Lane, CT1 2JR

Phone: 01227 785575