Visitor FAQs

Below are answers to some of your most frequently asked questions.

  • The High Street entrance door and steps of The Beaney

What do I need to do to visit The Beaney? 

We are no longer operating a booking system, if you are visiting the museum. You can just turn up and enjoy your visit. 

However, we operate a booking system for our Special Exhibitions Programme, if you would like to book your visit in advance you can book online.

Will the toilets be open?

Yes, the building’s visitor toilet facilities are now open for use.

Can I buy food/drink?

Unfortunately our cafe has closed but Canterbury has many shops and restaurants for refreshments during your trip. We also have a free water refill station outside our Best Lane entrance.

Can I eat my lunch in the building?

Snacks are permitted in the Museum but there isn’t anywhere to sit down and eat formally. If you do bring snacks to enjoy while you are visiting us please ensure that any mess is kept to a minimum to help us protect our wonderful Collection.

Will the visitor centre be open and can I get leaflets about the local attractions and a map of the city?

Our Visitor Information Desk is open for walk-in visitors. We have a wide selection of leaflets available. 

Will the library be open?

You can now visit the library to browse their shelves, borrow and reserve books, pre-book PC / Wi-Fi sessions and study. To book a public access PC online please visit  PC Bookings or call 03000 413131. They will also continue to offer their Mobile Library Service across the Canterbury area and their Home Library Service. Please visit the Library page for more details.

What are the opening times for The Beaney and the library?

For all of the latest opening information please visit our Plan Your Visit page.

Do you have a floor plan available?

View online our Downstairs Floor Plan and Upstairs Floor Plan.

Artefacts in exhibition case The Beaney Museum

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