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Venture to the heart of Kent, between the countryside and the coast, and you’ll find the historical gem that is Canterbury. Explore fascinating traditions and religious landmarks, shop along the King’s Mile, enjoy family attractions or cruise along the river.
Start your day with breakfast at The Goods Shed. This permanent farmers market has an on-site restaurant that uses locally sourced produce.
Head to the three landmarks that preserve the long history of Christianity in England and together form a World Heritage Site. Delight in the soaring spires of the sixth-century Canterbury Cathedral and the humble ruins of St. Augustine’s Abbey. Make the short walk to St. Martin’s Church, England’s oldest operating parish. In the church’s cemetery, visit the grave of famed artist Thomas Sidney Cooper. Then, see his legacy in the Sidney Cooper gallery.
Explore the peaceful Westgate gardens and enjoy the views of the medieval Westgate Towers. Another medieval landmark is the Canterbury Castle, built by William the Conqueror.
Take the kids to The Canterbury Tales, an attraction that recreates medieval life by bringing to life five of Geoffrey Chaucer’s stories.
Nature lovers will like the Howletts Wild Animal Park with its herd of African elephants. Or, drive out to and hike around Ightham Mote, a historic countryside house with restaurant. At the end of the day, join the lively Canterbury pub scene and toast to this charming city.
Canterbury is 1 hour from London by train and about 75 minutes from Gatwick airport by car. The town has a pedestrian-friendly downtown that is also great for cycling. There is a good local bus system, and trains and buses from Canterbury also give easy access to France, due to their connections to the ferry in Dover and the Eurostar high-speed train.
Because it is so easy to visit and explore beautiful Canterbury, you’ll need a good excuse for not coming to see one of England’s favorite destinations!
Located in the heart of Canterbury, this romantic hotel is steps from Marlowe Theatre and Canterbury Cathedral. St. Martin's Church is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) away.
Situated in Canterbury, this bed & breakfast is within 3 mi (5 km) of St. Dunstan's Church, Canterbury Cathedral, and St. Martin's Church. Westgate Gardens and The Canterbury Tales are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Situated in Canterbury, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of St. Dunstan's Church, Mount Ephraim Gardens, and Westgate Gardens. Canterbury Cathedral and St. Martin's Church are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Situated in the historical district, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of St. Augustine's Abbey, Canterbury Cathedral, and St. Martin's Church. St. Lawrence Ground and Canterbury Roman Museum are also within 15 minutes.
Situated in Canterbury, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of The Canterbury Tales, Canterbury Cathedral, and St. Martin's Church. Westgate Gardens and Canterbury Roman Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Situated in Canterbury, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of St. Dunstan's Church and Canterbury Cathedral. St. Martin's Church is 1.6 mi (2.5 km) away.
Located in the heart of Canterbury, this guesthouse is within a 15-minute walk of St. Dunstan's Church and Canterbury Cathedral. St. Martin's Church is 1.3 mi (2.2 km) away.
Located in the heart of Canterbury, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Marlowe Theatre and Canterbury Cathedral. St. Martin's Church is 1 mi (1.6 km) away.