About Canterbury Roman Museum

  • Black and white photo of a group of people standing around the Roman Museum's hypocaust (An ancient Roman underfloor heating system),  when it was discovered after the second World War

When workmen, digging trenches for a new drainage system, reached eight feet below street level they unwittingly unearthed a beautifully preserved Roman floor mosaic.

Fast-forward to the aftermath of the Second World War, when excavations began under the cellars of shops destroyed by bombing, and another startling discovery was made.

Archaeologists had just revealed an under-floor heating systemwall paintings, and a dazzling mosaic corridor. The site was no longer an isolated floor mosaic, but the remains of a very large, and no doubt very costly, Roman Town House.

Black and white photo of a group of people standing around the Roman Museum's mosaic corridor
Black and white photo of people excavating the Roman Museum's mosaic corridor
Black and white photo of a group of people standing around the Roman Museum's hypocaust
Black and white photograph of Butchery Lane after the World War 2 bombings, with Canterbury Cathedral in the background

Over time a museum arose to encompass the remains and preserve what is now known to be one of the UK’s only remaining in situ Roman pavement mosaics and a Scheduled Ancient Monument.

Canterbury Roman Museum is Kent’s only Roman Museum; providing a fascinating and family-friendly insight into life in Roman Britain. Visitors can explore Canterbury’s history, wander through the marketplace and discover hidden treasures as they step back, and down, to the streets of Roman Canterbury…

Canterbury Roman Museum mosaic floor

Immerse yourself in over 2,000 years of history