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Holidays in Canterbury

Start your own pilgrimage to the beautiful city of Canterbury

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Canterbury river side

With its ancient cathedral, castle ruins and vibrant city centre, Canterbury is a fascinating city to explore.

Canterbury is home to a number of impressive historical landmarks, perhaps none of which are as spectacular as its towering cathedral, which is the country’s oldest. Elsewhere, the ancient ruins of St Augustine’s Abbey and St. Martin’s Church form the city’s UNESCO World Heritage site. There’s no doubt that Canterbury has a remarkable history, but don’t be fooled into thinking that this is a city living in the past. Its centre is home to world-class, modern restaurants, lively nightclubs and elegant bars.

As you explore Canterbury’s winding lanes and pretty streets, you’ll also discover a wide variety of independent shops. The King’s Mile is a particularly interesting area to explore, while the West Gate area is well worth a visit for its specialist retailers.

For a unique view of some of Canterbury’s most impressive architecture, why not take a boat tour along the River Stour, which runs through the city centre? Canterbury Westgate Punts is one of a number of companies which run trips up and down the river in traditional punts.

A trip to Canterbury would be incomplete without a look at its magnificent cathedral, one of the oldest and most famous in England.

Ancient architecture

Another must-see is the ruins of the city’s Norman castle, which dates back to the 1200s.

Canterbury is a great place to have a night out, whether you want to go clubbing or catch the latest blockbuster. The Gulbenkian is an excellent cinema and theatre where you can see dance, comedy, plays and films. The Marlowe Theatre and Curzon cinema are also well worth a visit.

“With its ancient cathedral, castle ruins and vibrant city centre, Canterbury is a fascinating city to explore.”

Canterbury has a reputation for good food and hosts the excellent Canterbury Food Festival annually, giving visitors the opportunity to sample dishes from some of the region’s best producers. For the rest of the year, you can choose from a variety of pubs, cafes and restaurants, many of which make the most of the fresh produce on their doorstep.

The Black Griffin is a popular pub which serves well cooked pub classics and hosts regular live music nights. Another pub which is well worth a visit is The Thomas Beckett, where you’ll find a great selection of local ales and a lot of history. If you’re in the mood for a good burger, look no further than Byron. Alternatively, check out Chapman’s, an excellent seafood restaurant which serves fresh, locally caught fish. For meat-free salads, sandwiches, cakes and coffee, head to the Veg Box Café. Otherwise, try Susan’s, a traditional café which is a nice spot for afternoon tea.

While you’re there

Cantebury Roman Museum

Canterbury Roman Museum provides a fascinating and family friendly insight into Roman Canterbury.

Cantebury Castle

Constructed in the 11th century and open today for visitors to revel in the ancient delights.

St Augustine's Abbey

Once a burial place for the Anglo-Saxon kings of Kent, now a World Heritage Site.

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