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Canterbury Heritage Museum

Canterbury, Kent, England

Attraction Information

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Suitable for all ages

Venue type: Indoor

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!


  • Wheelchair Friendly Wheelchair Friendly
  • Toilets Available Toilets Available
  • Baby Changing Available Baby Changing Available
  • Disabled Toilets Available Disabled Toilets Available
  • Pushchair Friendly Pushchair Friendly

Getting There and Contact Information


Stour Street, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2NR, England


Click here to visit Canterbury Heritage Museum's website
01227 475202

Standard Opening Times and Pricing

Opening hours

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


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

More Information

Gift shop

Range of gifts and souvenirs available in the gift shop.


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