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Canterbury Heritage Museum

Canterbury Heritage with Rupert BearStour Street
Telephone: 01227 475202


Canterbury Heritage Museum
Discover Canterbury's history, from millions of years ago to the present, explored through interactive displays in an amazing medieval building.

The wide range of fascinating elements you can explore together 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 ideal 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!

The well beloved 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! Particularly pleasing for younger children.

Built in 1373, the museum was originally a medieval hospital for poor, sick and retired priests, so there's a lovely little opportunity for some secret schooling too!

And if that's not enough you can always go for the bargain bonus combo ticket and pop along to Canterbury Roman Museum afterwards to continue the day's adventuring! Hurrah!

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It may be worth checking out Canterbury Heritage with Rupert Bear's website to see if there are any special events or seasonal fun things to do that may be going on during the day.

We do strongly suggest you contact Canterbury Heritage with Rupert Bear before you set off on your family day out, just to make sure they are open and to confirm admission prices, as there is nothing worse than disappointed kids in the back of your car after a long journey.

Opening Times

2016 Opening Details:
February Half Term (Saturday 13th February to Sunday 21st February): Open daily 11am to 5pm.
Monday 22nd February to Tuesday 22nd March: Closed
Wednesday 23 March to Friday 27th May: Open Wednesday to Sunday, 11am to 5pm.
May Half Term (Saturday 28th May to Sunday 5th June): Open daily 11am to 5pm.
Monday 6th June to Sunday 25th September: Open Wednesday to Sunday, 11am to 5pm.
Monday 26th September to Friday 21st October: Closed
October Half Term (Saturday 22nd October to Sunday 30th October): Open daily 11am to 5pm
Monday 31st October to Friday 16th December: Closed
Saturday 17th December to Friday 23rd December: Open daily 11am to 5pm.
Saturday 24th December to Monday 26th December: Closed
Tuesday 27th December to Friday 30th December: Open daily 11am to 5pm.
Saturday 31st December 2016 to Sunday 1st January 2017: Closed


"Can I have one of those?"

Range of gifts and souvenirs available in the gift shop.


"are we there yet?"

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 (3.2 kms) from Canterbury West station any top tips?

Wheelchair access.

Prices & Admission

2016 Prices:
Adults £8
Discounts £6
Children free to a maximum of 2 children per paying adult.


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Canterbury Heritage with Rupert BearStour Street
Telephone: 01227 475202