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Canterbury

Canterbury

Type:Towns & Villages

Kent

Tel: 01227 862162

Canterbury Cathedral in Canterbury, Kent

About

The World Heritage Site of Canterbury in Kent is home to some of the most historic (and best-known) buildings in Britain - from the ancient 6th Century St. Martin's Church to the towering Canterbury Cathedral.

With such character and prestige, it's no wonder that Canterbury is one of the most popular destinations in the south.

Things to do and see in Canterbury

  • Don't miss the stunning Canterbury Cathedral – particularly the ancient crypt beneath the monastery.
  • Head into the Roman Museum to see a whole range of artefacts and excavations, including a stunning Roman town house, complete with preserved mosaics.
  • Poet Geoffrey Chaucer (1345 – 1400) wrote about the antics of a group of pilgrims.  Pick up the story and see colourful characters come to life in the Canterbury Tales Museum and Experience.
  • Wander around the beautiful, award-winning Dane John Gardens - located right in the heart of the city.
  • See the heart of historic Canterbury from the River Stour with Canterbury Historic River Tours.

If you're interested in British history, you're spoilt for choice. You can find a Roman city wall (rebuilt in the 14th Century), the oldest school in England (The King's School) and ancient preserved mosaics. Take the city wall trail and it will lead you past dozens of historic buildings and ruins.

Canterbury Cathedral itself is a stunning piece of architecture, as well as a place of worship and pilgrimage. It's these pilgrimages (which began after the murder of Thomas Beckett in 1170) which inspired the timeless Geoffrey Chaucer classic, the Canterbury Tales.

Canterbury also offers a great range of modern attractions, from excellent shops and restaurants, to lively bars and is a great base for touring the surrounding countryside too, with easy day trips to Whitstable and Dover.

Towns & villages near Canterbury

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Map & Directions

What's Nearby

  1. Canterbury Tales

    Meet our costumed guides, walk alongside Chaucer’s pilgrims and revel in the recreated...

    0.09 miles away
  2. The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge

    The Beaney is an art museum and library offering state-of-the-art exhibition galleries,...

    0.14 miles away
  3. Canterbury Historic River Tours

    Previous awards

    2017: Winner of the Luxury Travel Guide European Awards ‘Unique Tour...

    0.18 miles away
  1. Whitefriars Shopping Centre

    Whitefriars is Canterbury's award-winning shopping district, with over 70 of the...

    0.19 miles away
  2. The Marlowe Theatre

    Situated in the heart of Canterbury, The Marlowe Theatre is one of the South East's most...

    0.21 miles away
  3. Canterbury Cathedral

    Motherchurch of the Anglican Communion, seat of the Archbishop. Stunning stained glass....

    0.23 miles away
  4. Canterbury Westgate Towers and City Gaol

    Canterbury's most iconic attraction after Canterbury Cathedral and a 'must' for visitors...

    0.24 miles away
  5. Canterbury Heritage Museum

    Discover Canterbury's history, from millions of years ago to the present, explored...

    0.24 miles away
  6. Tours of the Realm

    Tours of the Realm offers privately guided sightseeing tours to small and exclusive...

    0.86 miles away
  7. Dr Thomson's Tours of Historic Canterbury

    Let Dr Andrew Thomson be your guide to history and culture either side of the channel.

    1.15 miles away
  8. St Augustine's Abbey

    This great Abbey, marking the rebirth of Christianity in southern England, was founded in...

    1.34 miles away
  9. Howletts Wild Animal Park

    Consistently a favourite with TripAdvisor reviewers - Kent’s most successful animal park,...

    3.18 miles away
  10. Mount Ephraim Gardens

    Mount Ephraim Gardens have plenty to offer and delight visitors. Unwind in these ten...

    5.32 miles away
  11. Walk Awhile

    Self- led or guided walking holidays in Southern England available all year round for...

    5.38 miles away
  12. Whitstable Farmers Market

    Farmers Market run by small-scale farmers, producers, growers and bakers themselves. Most...

    5.86 miles away
  13. Tankerton Beach

    As you walk along the Whitstable front you will come to grassy banks that gently slope...

    6.12 miles away
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