Roman Museum

When you are visiting Canterbury, do not miss the Canterbury Roman Museum which is underground at the level of the Roman town. The Museum houses excavated objects, authentic reconstruction & the preserved remains of a Roman town house. Reconstructions include a Roman market place with a shoemaker, fabric seller and fruit and vegetable stall. There is also part of a house with its kitchen set out in authentic details. A computer programme brings together pictures of the excavations on the site & from the archaeologists' detail, it generates reconstruction images of what the great house found here was like in Roman times, including a tour of the baths. There is also a 'test your skills' computer game on Roman technology & at the end of the museum is the acclaimed 'touch the past' area where the visitor can handle real Roman artefacts and follow the archaeologist's skills of deduction. The impressive pillared entrance is in Butchery Lane and very close to the Cathedral. Other museums worth a visit include the Canterbury West Gate Museum with panoramic views from the battlements. Also visit Canterbury Heritage Museum, telling Canterbury's story from Roman times to Rupert Bear and the Royal Museum and Art Gallery which houses the city's picture collection and the Buffs' Regimental Museum.

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