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Culture for Children 1

The city itself is compact and filled to the brim with child friendly attractions, shops and places to eat, ensuring that you will never run out of things to keep your children captivated and entertained. Canterbury is best explored on foot and due to its pedestrainised streets it is a safe place to visit with your children.

Morning

No visit to Canterbury would be complete without a visit to Canterbury Cathedral. Full of fascinating things for kids and adults of all ages to explore. Try the Creatures Great and Small trail which is available from the Welcome Kiosk, or enjoy roaming round the impressive precincts surrounding the Cathedral.

Next stop is the exciting and engaging Canterbury Tales. Children will really love the authentic smells and sounds in this accurate re-creation of medieval England life. Taking you and your family on an enjoyable adventure tracing the pilgrimage from The Tabard Inn in London to the Shrine of Thomas Beckett in Canterbury Cathedral. Along the way you can listen to the different tales on headphones and the children can choose their own child friendly style commentary too.
Canterbury Cathedral
Canterbury Tales
 

Lunch

Eating in the city could not be easier. Canterbury's café and restaurant culture are as child friendly as the attractions with most catering for children with special menus and those little extras such as activity/colouring books to keep the children amused throughout lunch. Or if you fancy getting back to nature the Dane John Gardens provide the perfect space to enjoy a picnic.
Dane John Gardens
 

Afternoon

After all this excitement it may be time to wind down your day and enjoy a relaxing tour through the city along the River Stour.
Canterbury Historic River Tours
Canterbury Punting Co.
Canterbury Westgate Punts

 

Morning: Canterbury Cathedral

Address

The Precincts
Canterbury
CT1 2EH

Contact Details

Tel: 01227 762862
Canterbury Cathedral has a tradition of visitor welcome that reaches back to the days of medieval pilgrimage. To all visitors we extend a warm welcome and hope that they too will enjoy sharing with us the beauty of one of the great holy places of Christendom.

Canterbury Cathedral, together with St Augustine's Abbey and St Martin's Church make up Canterbury's World Heritage Site.

The Cathedral and its history:

St Augustine, sent by Pope Gregory the Great, arrived in 597AD as a missionary and became the first Archbishop, establishing his seat (or 'Cathedra') in Canterbury. In 1170 Archbishop Thomas Becket was murdered in the Cathedral and ever since, the Cathedral has attracted thousands of pilgrims, as told most famously in Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales.

The Cathedral houses a Romanesque Crypt, dating back to the 11th century, a 12th century early Gothic Quire and a 14th Century Perpendicular Nave. Beautiful medieval stained glass windows illustrate miracles and stories associated with St Thomas.

Visitor facilities range from guided tours and audio tours to private evening tours and 'behind the scenes' tours to the Stained Glass Studio, Archives and/or Library.

The Cathedral is very much part of the local community. It is used regularly for local, regional and/or national services and events. Some or all of it may, therefore, at times be closed for general visiting. Please contact the Cathedral Visits Office before visiting to check up-to-date opening times and possible closures.

Please note that the east end of the Cathedral, including the Quire, will close every day in preparation for Evensong from 16.30 (Monday-Friday) and from 14.30 (Saturday & Sunday).

For information on Cathedral closures please visit the website or view the pdf. For further information visit: http://www.canterbury-cathedral.org

Directions

The Cathedral is located in the centre of Canterbury, within walking distance of both Canterbury East and West stations. Canterbury is only 30 minutes drive from Dover (continental ferries) and Folkestone (Eurotunnel), making it an ideal stop-over en route to London. Fast speed trains bring passengers from Canterbury to London within 56 minutes.

Prices and opening

There is a charge to enter the precincts and the Cathedral unless you are attending a Service. This charge contributes towards the upkeep of the Cathedral and its activities.

Adult £10.50
Concessions £9.50
Children (under 18) £7.00
Pre-booked groups (Adults and Concessions) £9.00

The Cathedral is very much part of the local community. It is used regularly for local, regional and/or national services and events. Some or all of it may, therefore, at times be closed for general visiting. Please contact the Cathedral Visits Office before visiting to check up-to-date opening times and possible closures.

Opening details

Season DatesOpening Hours
NotesTuesday 7th July: The Crypt will be closed for a furneral service from 1pm (last admission into the Crypt will be at 12.30pm) until 3pm.

Weekdays (incl Saturdays):
Summer 09:00 - 17:30
Winter 09:00 - 17:00
The Crypt 10:00 - 17:30

Sundays:
Throughout the year including The Crypt 12.30 - 2.30pm

Last entry half an hour before closing time.

The Cathedral or parts of it may be closed for Services and/or special events. Always check opening times before visiting. Contact the Visits Office for up-to-date opening details.
 

Morning: Canterbury Tales

Address

St Margaret's Street
Canterbury
CT1 2TG

Contact Details

Tel: 01227 479227
Ever wondered what it would be like to step back in time and experience the sights, sounds and smells of a bygone era? A visit to the Canterbury Tales, one of Kent's most popular attractions, with its stunning reconstruction of 14th century England, you can do just that.

Inside the historic building of St Margaret's Church you can journey back over 500 years to join Geoffrey Chaucer (England's finest poet) and his colourful characters on their magical pilgrimage from London to the shrine of St Thomas Becket in Canterbury Cathedral.

Along the way, their stories of love, romance, jealousy and trickery are vividly re-created with all the fun and excitement of Chaucer's famous tales. Steeped in the rich history of this medieval city, at the Canterbury Tales you really can visit another world.

The Canterbury Tales is a stunningly accurate recreation of medieval life. With a combination of live costumed characters and entertaining audio guides, it provides an excellent introduction to the city and its famous literary connection. For further information visit: http://www.canterburytales.org.uk

Directions

City Centre location in pedestrianised centre of Canterbury.

Prices and opening

Adult £8.95
Children (5 to15 years) £6.95
Senior/Student £7.95
Family (2 adults & 2 children) £27.75

Opening details

Season DatesOpening Hours
NotesThe Canterbury Tales is open daily throughout the year but will be closed on Christmas Day, New Year's Day and Boxing Day. Please ring to check times before making a special visit.

January to February 10am to 4.30pm
March to June 10am to 5pm
July to August 9.30am to 5pm
September to October 10am to 5pm
November to December 10am to 4.30pm
 

Lunch: Dane John Gardens

Address

Watling Street
Canterbury
Kent
CT1 2TN

Contact Details

Tel: 01227 862162
The city walls and an avenue of lime trees provide Dane John gardens a sense of enclosure and escape from the busy road and bustling shopping centre just a few yards away. There are excellent views over the city and the surrounding countryside from the top of the mound.

Within the gardens is a safe play area for children, a newly built bandstand – a venue for traditional concerts throughout the summer – and a fountain which provides the focus for the shaded walk along the avenue of lime trees.

The historic gardens, located within the city walls of Canterbury, date back to 1551. The gardens contain a mound believed to date from the first century AD and later a Norman motte and bailey castle after which the gardens are named. In 1790 a local dignitary named Alderman James Simmons laid the park into formal gardens. In 1999, Canterbury City Council completed a million pound renovation of the park supported by the Heritage Lottery Fun and local sponsorship.
For further information visit: https://www.canterbury.gov.uk/leisure-countryside/things-to-do-in-the-district/parks-and-gardens/dane-john-gardens/

Directions

2 minutes walking from Canterbury East and main bus station.

Prices and opening

Free entry
 

Afternoon: Canterbury Historic River Tours

Address

Kings Bridge
St Peter's Street
Canterbury
CT1 2AT

Contact Details

Tel: 07790534744
Previous awards - South East England Tourism Awards 'Best Tourism Experience' runner up!
Tripadvisor - As of January 2015 rated 1st of 37 Activities in Canterbury
Visit England Accredited
2013 Official Assessment: Tour offered 'Outstanding Tour Conduct with Excellent Staff'
2014 Offical Assessment: Nominated for 'Best Told Story' Accolade.

As Featured in the Special Canterbury Edition Monopoly Board!

This multi award winning guided Historic River Tour provides a truly entertaining experience which is perfect for visitors of all ages and nationalities.

Guided Historic River Tours have been a favourite pastime for over 80 years and this Canterbury attraction allows you to escape the busy city centre and discover Canterbury from the unique perspective of the River Stour.

This Company are nationally and internationally renowned for their historic and humorous interpretation of the city’s fascinating history, and during the 2013 season were officially accredited by Visit England, who reported that they offer “Outstanding Tour Conduct with Excellent staff”. Whats more, the 2014 season saw the company nominated by Visit England for their “Best Told Story” accolade!

The guides will provide an enjoyable historical commentary whilst you discover some of Canterbury's finest and most important architecture set against outstanding views of natural scenery.

For more information visit their website at www.canterburyrivertours.co.uk
Or Email them at info@canterburyrivertours.co.uk

TOUR INCLUDES:
Kings Bridge - Eastbridge Hospital - Franciscan Island - Greyfriars Chapel -
Old Weavers House - Kings Mill - Alchemist Tower - Cromwellian Forge - Friars Bridge -
Blackfriars - Dominican Priories - The Abbots Mill - The Marlowe Theatre - The Ducking Stool

Canterbury Historic River Tours is the trading name of Canterbury River Tours Ltd. Company No: 06530326, Registered in England & Wales, registered address: Camburgh House 27 New Dover Rd, Canterbury. CT1 3DN. For further information visit: http://www.canterburyrivertours.co.uk

Directions

The river tours are idealy situated in the centre of Canterbury's High Street opposite the Eastbridge Hospital and a 2 minutes walk from the cathedral.

Prices and opening

2015 Season prices

Adult £9.00
Student £8.00
Senior £8.00
Child 12 - 16 £6.00
Child under 12 £5.00
Family £24.00

Single tickets £7.00 (A single ticket tour which has a drop-off point at the Miller's gardens is also available, but must be requested prior to departure)

Group booking discounts are available. Please telephone for further information.

Opening details

Season DatesOpening Hours
NotesMarch to October 2015, 10am to 5pm, with tours leaving every 15-20 minutes. Please note that these times are meant only as a rough guide. Weather and river conditions pending.
 

Afternoon: Canterbury Punting Co.

Address

Water Lane
Canterbury
CT1 2NQ

Contact Details

Tel: 07786332666
Day Tours
The scene is set from the moment you step into our authentic Edwardian waiting room. You will be guided by staff in full period uniform. Our river tours last about 45 minutes, whilst you pass several medieval buildings the punter tells you the exciting stories about Canterbury's history. The script was perfected by our manager Andrew Whitely who is qualified as a green badge guide for Canterbury.

In 2014 we received a certificate of excellence by Tripadvisor for 178 reviews.

You can relax in our traditional hardwood punts, in comfortable cushioned seats & tartan blankets. We have hot water bottles available and even a canopy for when it rains. Punting our city tour is an essential part of any trip to Canterbury, because it escapes the busy city allowing you to see many parts of Canterbury only accessible by river.

Haunted River Tour
Take an Edwardian-style punt on a candle lit ghost hunting trip through the historic centre of Canterbury. Discover the frightening secrets that lie hidden in the darkness beneath Canterbury’s streets.

On the haunted river tour your traditionally dressed chauffeur will point out the places where ghosts have been sighted. You will be told a series of short ghost stories which, where possible, seek to explain these supernatural manifestations. Sit comfortably on our spacious, cushioned seats and wrap up warm (or hide!) in our cosy tartan blankets, with complementary hot water bottles.

Unlike our day tour, the haunted river tour requires advanced booking. Often you can book it during the day of departure with very short notice, but the latest reservations can be made is 5pm. The Haunted river tour lasts around 1 hour. For further information visit: http://www.canterburypunting.co.uk

Directions

Canterbury East Station, head down Castle Street, turn left down Beer Cart Lane, continue to Water Lane.

Prices and opening

Day Tour:
Adults £10
Concessions £8
Children £5

Haunted River Tour:
Adults £10
Concesions £8
Children £5
Minimum fee of £50




Opening details

Season DatesOpening Hours
NotesDay Tours open 10-5pm advanced bookings outside of these hours. March-November
Haunted River Tours - We are open to the public 10am-5pm however haunted river tours can be booked to depart between 6-8pm.
Weather permitting.
 

Afternoon: Canterbury Westgate Punts

Address

Westgate Grove
Canterbury
CT2 8AA

Contact Details

Tel: 07816 760869
Relaxing river punt trips with cheerful qualified boatmen. Punts seat up to 6 persons. Meander through tranquil gardens and countryside with an abundance of wildlife. Historic City Trips are also available, discover Canterbury's history and changing skyline. Sweetheart boats available for romantic river cruises.

Trips from Westgate Bridge to the Wincheap Park and Ride facility also available, take a relaxing trip out of the City back to your car. For more information see www.parkandpunt.co.uk

Perfect after a day of walking around the city streets and attractions. On return to embarkation point you will feel relaxed, chilled out and who knows - you may want to go again! For further information visit: http://www.crnc.co.uk

Directions

Located at Wesgate Bridge by Westgate Towers. On bus route and close to railway stations

Prices and opening

Charges for 2015

Short Country Trip - 35mins Adults £9.00, Children £5.00 (5 to 12yrs)

Long Country Trip - 45 - 50mins Adults £12.00, Children £6.00 (5 to 12yrs)

Long City Trip - 65mins Adults £16.00, Children £7.00 (5 to 12yrs)

'Large family' and 'Group' Discounts are available

Opening details

Season DatesOpening Hours
NotesRunning daily mid-March to late-October (10am till 6pm everyday - later in summer). Weather permitting. Please call 07816 760869 to confirm.