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Museum, next open Sat 22 - Sun 30 Oct 2016, £6-£8


Displays at Canterbury Heritage Museum

Displays at Canterbury Heritage Museum

© Canterbury Museums and Galleries


Canterbury Heritage Museum

01227 475202


Stour Street,

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Events at this Venue

date event
Sat 22 - Sun 30 Oct Bagpuss and Friends!


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 Canterbury Heritage 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.

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
Sat 22 - Sun 30 Oct 2016 Mon - Sun 11:00 to 17:00
Sat 17 - Fri 23 Dec 2016 Mon - Sun 11:00 to 17:00
Tue 27 - Fri 30 Dec 2016 Mon - Sun 11:00 to 17:00
24 to 26 December 2016 - Closed
31 December 2016 and 1 January 2017 - Closed

Circumstances may cause changes in opening times, please ring to check before making a special trip.


Adults - £8.00
Concessions (senior citizens/students) - £6.00
Children - free to a maximum of 2 per paying adult, £1.50 per child thereafter
Members- free

Joint ticket for Canterbury Heritage Museum and Canterbury Roman Museum
Adults £12.00
Concessions £10.00

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



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Map reference: TR 147577  Lat: 51.27860 Long: 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.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Canterbury West station


  • 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

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area
    • YesTo the gift shop
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesLift equipped with verbal floor announcements
  • YesLift equipped with raised floor numbers or braille numbers or letters
  • YesBaby changing facilities
  • YesVisitor information available in large print (14pt and over)