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    Group Visits, next open Wed 26 Mar - Sun 28 Sep 2014

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    Displays at Canterbury Heritage Museum

    Displays at Canterbury Heritage Museum

    © Canterbury Museums and Galleries
    Bagpuss at Canterbury Heritage Museum

    Bagpuss at Canterbury Heritage Museum

    © Canterbury Museums and Galleries
    Loom at Museum of Canterbury

    Loom at Museum of Canterbury

    © Canterbury Museums and Galleries

    Contact

    Canterbury Heritage Museum

    01227 475202

    Address

    Stour Street,
    Canterbury,
    CT1 2NR

    Events at this Venue

    Details

    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 the museum 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.

    Canterbury Heritage Museum currently houses some of the art collection from the Beaney Museum and Art Gallery, which is presently closed for redevelopment.

    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.

    Party size
    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.

    Booking service
    To ensure access without overcrowding, please telephone first to check available times and to make a booking.

    Guided tours
    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 Guild of Guides and are available in English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, and Russian. Payment for tours should be made directly to the guide. Please contact Canterbury Tourist Guides on 01227 459 779 or by emailing guides@canterburytouristguides.co.uk.

    Lunch
    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.

    Visit hrs: 1

    For further details see www.canterbury-museums.co.uk

    Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedDisabled accessDisabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopAccepts groups

    Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Smoking not allowed

    Opening details

    Season Dates Opening Hours
    Wed 26 Mar - Sun 28 Sep 2014 Wed - Sun 11:00 to 17:00
    Sat 25 Oct - Sun 2 Nov 2014 Mon - Sun 11:00 to 17:00
    Sat 20 Dec 2014 - Sun 4 Jan 2015 Mon - Sun 11:00 to 17:00
    School and group visits are accepted outside of seasonal opening times if booked in advance (please book at least one month in advance).

    Closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Circumstances may cause changes in opening times - please ring to check before making a special trip.

    Prices

    For groups of 10+ per person £6.50
    Joint Ticket with Canterbury Roman Museum £10

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    Location

    Directions

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    Map reference: TR 147557  Lat: 51.26069 Long: 1.07617

    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.

    Parking: with charge

    Accessible by Public Transport: 2 miles from Canterbury West station

    Facilities

    • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
    • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
    • Disabled accessDisabled access
    • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
    • Education/study areaEducation/study area
    • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
    • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
    • Gift shopGift shop
    • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
    • Children welcomeChildren welcome
    • Disabled accessDisabled access
    • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
    • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed
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