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Start your day with a visit to Canterbury’s most important centrepiece; the Cathedral, a World Heritage Site and one of the world’s most important pilgrimage centres. The Cathedral dates back to 597AD when St Augustine became the first Archbishop establishing his seat in Canterbury. You will see where its most famous Archbishop Thomas Becket was murdered in 1170 and view the numerous tombs and monuments including those of Edward the Black Prince and King Henry IV. Marvel at one of the cathedral’s greatest glories; the stained glass collection which dates back to the 12th and 13th century, depicting miracles, royal connections and biblical stories and regarded as the finest in the country. The Cathedral offers a wide range of facilities to ensure that you enjoy and benefit from your stay there. You have the possibility to do an audio-tour (available in 7 languages) or walk around with a guidebook. Alternatively you can book a guided tour which takes approximately 90 minutes.
Canterbury Cathedral

Canterbury Cathedral

Motherchurch of the Anglican Communion, seat of the Archbishop. Stunning stained glass. Eleventh Century Crypt, Twelfth Century Quire, Fourteenth Century Nave.


For parties with packed lunches there are outdoor areas within the Cathedral precinct to sit. Alternatively students can relax in one of two gardens in the City: Westgate Gardens or Dane John Gardens.
Westgate Gardens, Canterbury

Westgate Gardens

The Westgate Gardens can be found close to the City centre, just next to the West Gate Tower. The eleven acres of public gardens provide an ideal setting for a gentle stroll along the banks of the River Stour.
Dane John Gardens, Canterbury

Dane John Gardens

The city walls and an avenue of lime trees provide Dane John Gardens with a sense of enclosure and escape from the busy road and bustling shopping centre just a few yards away.


Experience the sights, sounds and smells of medieval England as you step into the world described by Geoffrey Chaucer in his stories about the colourful band of Pilgrims on their journey from London to Canterbury. Along the way you'll hear stories of love, romance, jealousy and trickery in this entertaining re-creation of life in medieval England. Audio guides for adults and children are provided as part of the tour. Allow 45 minutes. Itinerary and time allowing you may wish to include a visit to The Roman Museum or the Museum of Canterbury. The Roman museum takes you underground to the level of the buried Roman town of Durovernum Cantiacorum, which flourished for almost 400 years where Canterbury stands today. See the remains of a Roman house with its mosaic floor as well as other archaeological finds and authentic reconstructions. Allow 60 minutes. The Museum of Canterbury has a display of exhibits from pre-Roman to the present and also houses the Rupert Bear Museum. Learn more about bygone times in the new education wing, featuring the 1900s house Victorian collection. You will also have the opportunity to view the Royal Museum and Art Gallery displays and collections while their current home undergoes major refurbishment. Allow 90 minutes.
The Canterbury Tales Visitor Attraction

Canterbury Tales

Step into medieval Canterbury and accompany Geoffrey Chaucer and his colourful characters on their magical pilgrimage from London to Canterbury with the Canterbury Tales.
Canterbury Heritage Museum

Canterbury Heritage Museum

Discover Canterbury's history, from millions of years ago to the present, explored through interactive displays in an amazing medieval building at the Canterbury Heritage Museum.
Canterbury Roman Museum

Canterbury Roman Museum

Explore the Roman town beneath your feet. Canterbury's underground Roman Museum is built around the remains of a Roman town house with mosaics preserved where excavated.

Details of Westgate GardensWestgate Gardens

The Westgate Gardens are an extensive network of formal and informal open spaces. There is much to see and enjoy:

Westgate Gardens - once the splendid home and gardens of a notable Canterbury family. The area can be traced back to the Roman occupation of 2,000 years ago, and beyond.

Toddlers Cove - once Canterbury's water park with swimming, paddling and boating pools and possibly the site of Roman occupation. It is now a starting - or finishing - point for the Great Stour Way, a three mile path for walkers and cyclists and now the site of a new large children's play area. Tannery Field, a riverside meadow and woodland besides Rheims Way.

The wild, wooded Bingley Island where there is evidence that Stone Age men and women once walked. Together these sites amount to 12 hectares of historic riverside parkland - enough space for about 15 football pitches.

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Westgate Gardens

Westgate Grove, Canterbury, CT1 2DB

See location of Westgate Gardens on Google maps.See location on Google maps.     Map reference: TR 144579
     Lat: 51.28069  Long: 1.07413
10 minutes walk from Canterbury Bus Station. 5 minutes walk from Canterbury West train station.

Public Transport : accessible

Dogs allowed | Toilets | Disabled toilets | Rest point | Surfaced paths | Wheelchair friendly | Picnic area | Water body

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