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Canterbury Selfie Trail

Discover a different view

Take a walk around Canterbury's historic city and discover places from a different view. There are ten spots to visit, explore and take a selfie.

Don't forget to share your photo with us using the hashtag #CanterburySelfie.

Distance: 2.5 miles
Time: Under 1 hour
Terrain: Wheelchair friendly, slight inclines when walking along the city wall and the Dane John Mound is steep and narrow.

map of the Canterbury Selfie Trail
Exterior of the Canterbury Cathedral

1. Canterbury Cathedral

You will have to pay to enter the cathedral grounds. Once you are in, walk to the monastic herb garden, where you will find a collection of modern sculptures. When you take your selfie, you will have the South Oculus stained glass window and the Water Tower behind you. Afterwards, come out of the cathedral gate and turn right to head down Sun Street and you will find yourself on The King's Mile on Palace Street.


 

exterior of the crooked house in Canterbury

2. 'Crooked House'

Also known as Sir John Boy's House, built in the 17th Century is a photogenic gem from all angles. After you have taken your selfie here, continue along The King's Mile along the Borough and turn left down St Radigunds Street. On your left is the Parrot public house. Dating from the 15th century, this is the oldest pub and one of the oldest buildings in Canterbury... Continue about 200 meters along St Radigunds Street until you get to the Miller's Arms public house on the left-hand side.


 

The remains of Abbots Mill in Canterbury

3. Abbot's Mill

This is a green space and walk from the Miller's Arms public house over the sluices and along the Great Stour up to the Marlowe Theatre. If you are unable to walk over the sluices then follow Mill Lane until you get to King Street, turn right and you'll see the Marlowe Theatre on your right.


 

View from Friars Bridge in Canterbury

4. Friar's Bridge

You will see one of the most beautiful spots in Canterbury from this bridge, with the witch's ducking stool in your view. See the Marlowe Theatre up close and personal, the mask statue  and the memorial to the theatre's comedian and pantomime star, Dave Lee. Stroll onto Canterbury High Street, turning right with the Westgate Towers in your sights. Walk to the end of the High Street, cross over at the pedestrian crossing and enter Westgate Gardens through the gate opposite the towers.


 

view of the Westgate towers from Westgate Gardens in Canterbury

5. Westgate Gardens

The best view of the towers and gardens is from the alcove opposite Tower House. You will have the river, the always beautiful flower beds and Westgate Towers in the background. After you have taken the selfie, walk through the beautiful gardens, viewing the painted underpass to Toddler's Cove. Follow the river to cross the small bridge (signposted towards the Norman Castle) and you will find the bull.


 

The Canterbury Bull located in Westgate Parks in Canterbury

6. The Canterbury Bull

Located in Tannery Field, the Canterbury Bull was designed with railway tracks representing the Tannery rail track that once took workers to their jobs in the tanning industry. Afterwards head to the hand painted underpass and cross the river following signs to the Norman Castle, which will take you to the outskirts of the city wall. Take the left turn (with St Mildred's Church on the left - the only remaining pre-Norman conquest church still in service) and the Norman Castle to your right.


 

exterior of the Canterbury Castle

7. Canterbury Castle

This is one of the three original royal castles in Kent; however it is closed to the public due to the walls deteriorating. Despite this you can still get a great view of the exterior of the castle from Castle Street, where you can spot the windows on this motte-and-bailey castle once used to guard this important route. From Castle Street, carefully cross the road where you will find a little path to the right of Castle Row car park, head straight up this slight incline which will take you onto the city wall.


 

8. Dane John Mound

Walk up the mound to get one of the best views of Canterbury. If you stand in the right spot, you will be able to get the Marlowe Theatre and Canterbury Cathedral in the photo. When you walk back down the mound, head into the city centre along the wall, taking in the views. You will come to a zebra crossing -be careful of the buses coming from the left!


 

St George's Tower in Canterbury

9. St George's Tower

The clock tower in Whitefriars is all that remains of the medieval church of St George the Martyr. The church is best known as the place where playwright Christopher Marlowe was baptised. After you have taken your selfie here, walk down St George’s Street, and for the final part of this trail turn down Butchery Lane.


 

mosaic floor at Canterbury Roman Museum

10. Canterbury Roman Museum

You will have to pay to enter the Roman museum, but we highly recommend you have a look around to see what wonders and historical finds used to adorn the city all those years ago. Why not take a selfie dressed up as a Roman?


 

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