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CanterburyUnited Kingdom

The old English charm of this university city is evident in its cobblestone streets, glorious cathedrals, fairy tale attractions and many pubs. 

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!

Where to stay in Canterbury

Canterbury showing a park, kayaking or canoeing and a river or creek

The King's Mile

4.5/5Wonderful!(14 area reviews)

While there might not be top attractions in The King's Mile, you can explore the larger area and discover places like Canterbury Cathedral and Marlowe Theatre.

The King's Mile

Top hotels in Canterbury

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
ABode Canterbury
ABode Canterbury
4 out of 5
30-33 High St, Canterbury, England
The price is £99 per night

Located in the heart of Canterbury, this romantic hotel is steps from Royal Museum and Art Gallery and Marlowe Theatre. Canterbury Cathedral and Canterbury Christ ...

4.1/5Very Good! (991 reviews)

"Lovely hotel in excellent location, reserved blue badge parking offered. Super breakfast, lovely accessible room. Staff went above and beyond to accommodate requirements. Expensive but Highly recommend if want something special."…"

Reviewed on 10 Aug 2020

ABode Canterbury
The Falstaff Hotel
The Falstaff Hotel
3 out of 5
8-10 St Dunstan Street Kent, Canterbury, England
The price is £84 per night

Located in the heart of Canterbury, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Westgate Gardens and Towers and Marlowe Theatre. Canterbury Cathedral and Canterbury ...

4.2/5Excellent! (985 reviews)

"Lovely hotel, great location and very professional staff"…"

Reviewed on 24 Jul 2020

The Falstaff Hotel
Holiday Inn Express Canterbury
Holiday Inn Express Canterbury
3 out of 5
A2 Upper Harbledown, Canterbury, England
The price is £49 per night

Situated in Canterbury, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Mount Ephraim Gardens, St. Dunstan's Church and Westgate Gardens and Towers. University of Kent ...

3.9/5Very Good! (984 reviews)

"Brilliant. Good restaurant. Great breakfast"…"

Reviewed on 22 Mar 2020

Holiday Inn Express Canterbury

Popular places to visit in Canterbury

Canterbury Cathedral
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Canterbury Cathedral

4.5/5(203 reviews)

This 1,400-year-old establishment is known for its breathtaking Gothic ceilings, its outstanding historical collections and its choir.

Marlowe Theatre
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Marlowe Theatre

4.5/5(35 reviews)

Marlowe Theatre is a popular theatre with a storied past in Canterbury. Make time to visit the area's stunning cathedral or simply enjoy its top-notch restaurants.

Wingham Wildlife Park
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Wingham Wildlife Park

5/5(5 reviews)

Enjoy a trip to Wingham Wildlife Park, a well-known attraction in Canterbury. Wander the waterfront and beautiful beaches in the area.

Howletts Wild Animal Park
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Howletts Wild Animal Park

4/5(10 reviews)

Enjoy an outing to Howletts Wild Animal Park during your stay in Canterbury. Stroll along the area's seaside or simply savour its top-notch restaurants.

The Canterbury Tales
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The Canterbury Tales

3/5(1 review)

Visit this reconstruction of medieval England to entertain the kids and discover the fantastic mind and stories of the poet Geoffrey Chaucer.

Westgate Gardens
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Westgate Gardens

Explore the great outdoors at Westgate Gardens, a lovely green space in Canterbury. Make time to visit the area's stunning cathedral or simply enjoy its top-notch restaurants.

Top things to do in Canterbury

Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral & Dover Flexible Day Trip
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Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral & Dover Flexible Day Trip

£58
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Historic Canterbury Private Day Tour
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Historic Canterbury Private Day Tour

£335
Per adult
Private tour to Canterbury, Dover Cliffs and Dover Castle
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Private tour to Canterbury, Dover Cliffs and Dover Castle

£420
Per adult

Reviews of Canterbury

4.4

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
131
5 - Excellent 52.4%
4 - Good
101
4 - Good 40.4%
3 - Okay
13
3 - Okay 5.2%
2 - Disappointing
3
2 - Disappointing 1.2%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.8%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

17 Mar 2020

Amazing City. Lovely shops, variety of eateries. Plenty to see and do. Chap helpful in Canterbury Tales when explaining closure due to recent issues & continued to discuss historical facts with us.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

20 Feb 2020

The walking tour took two hours and was very informative. There is so much interesting history in Canterbury. Lots of good places to eat.

5/5 - Excellent

SteveJay

2 Feb 2020

Excellent place for a weekend break. Easy drive from London. Loads of pubs and restaurants. Has theatre and cinemas. Cathedral is the main attraction. The seaside town of Whitstable is only about 15 mins drive away.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

22 Jan 2020

Our visit was to attend a race event a Lydden Hill, perfect location!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

20 Jan 2020

Sad closed shops and the most homeless I have ever seen in a town

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

19 Jan 2020

Lovely place with plenty of history.

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