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Canterbury

Travel Guide
Canterbury Cathedral showing a church or cathedral, a city and heritage architecture

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

Hampton by Hilton Canterbury
Hampton by Hilton Canterbury
3 out of 5
7 St. Margaret's Street, Canterbury, England
The price is £67 per night from 1 Aug to 1 Aug
Located in the heart of Canterbury, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Canterbury Cathedral, Marlowe Theatre and Westgate Gardens. Canterbury Christ Church ...
3.8/5Good! (8 reviews)
"Very well located hotel which is also fresh and clean and well run despite Covid limitations"

Reviewed on 12 Jul 2021

Hampton by Hilton Canterbury
ABode Canterbury
ABode Canterbury
4 out of 5
30-33 High St, Canterbury, England
The price is £74 per night from 23 Aug to 23 Aug
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! (988 reviews)
"Comfortable, well sized room with nice bathroom and amenities, easy check in and check out, excellent location"

Reviewed on 6 Jul 2021

ABode Canterbury
Broome Park Hotel
Broome Park Hotel
4 out of 5
Canterbury Road, Barham, Canterbury, England
The price is £160 per night from 8 Aug to 8 Aug
Situated in Canterbury, this golf aparthotel is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Lydden Hill Race Circuit and 1.2 mi (2 km) from Broome Park Golf Club. Wingham Wildlife ...
4.2/5Excellent! (275 reviews)
"The staff were extremely friendly and helpful throughout our stay. The hotel and its surroundings are stunning and our room far exceeded our expectations. We will most certainly be returning here."

Reviewed on 29 Oct 2020

Broome Park Hotel
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Cosy and Clean Second Floor Apartment
Cosy and Clean Second Floor Apartment
50 Beaconsfield Rd, Chatham, ENG
Situated in Chatham, this holiday home is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Brook Theatre and 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Historic Dockyard Chatham. Chatham Naval Memorial and Fort ...
Cosy and Clean Second Floor Apartment
NEW Spacious 2BD House With Garden Gillingham Kent
NEW Spacious 2BD House With Garden Gillingham Kent
3 out of 5
5 tennyson road, Gillingham, England
Situated in Gillingham, this apartment building is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Chatham Naval Memorial and 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Historic Dockyard Chatham. Gillingham ...
NEW Spacious 2BD House With Garden Gillingham Kent
Quirky House - Fast Wifi - Comfy Beds
Quirky House - Fast Wifi - Comfy Beds
277 Canterbury St, Gillingham, ENG
Situated in Gillingham, this holiday home is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Chatham Naval Memorial and 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Historic Dockyard Chatham. Royal Engineers ...
Quirky House - Fast Wifi - Comfy Beds
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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