Your story starts here...
Home to some of our country’s most fascinating stories, Canterbury is shaped by nature, history and its people. From Romans, to royalty, saints to knights and playwrights to pilgrims - from the River Stour to rolling vineyards and wandering bison; you can create an exciting itinerary to explore Canterbury’s city, coast and countryside.
If you’re looking for some inspiration, we’ve come up with some top tips to make the most of your visit and create your own #OurCanterburyTales…
Now is the time to create your own chapter
The Hound of the Baskervilles
Join the world’s finest detective, his faithful side-kick Doctor Watson, and a host of far-fetched characters in the most celebrated Holmes story of all, a masterpiece of mystery, suspense, and a bloody big dog. So scary… it’s funny!Explore
Whitstable wins best seaside location of the year award!
Amazing news! Harbourside town Whitstable has won the iTravel Staycation Award for best seaside town. Picked out for its beautiful location, distinctive seafood history, and how independent businesses were supported during the pandemic...Explore
What's coming up in Canterbury?
We're brimming with excitement about the treasure trove of events, experiences and attractions there is to look forward to across our city, coast and countryside this spring and summer! If like us you can't wait to make up for lost time, here's our guide on what's coming up in Canterbury, Herne Bay and Whitstable...Explore
Your Canterbury Tale awaits...
Home to some of our country’s most fascinating stories, Canterbury is shaped by nature, history and its people. From Romans, to royalty, saints to knights and playwrights to pilgrims - from the River Stour to rolling vineyards and wandering bison; you can create an exciting itinerary for your ideal Canterbury staycation.Explore
Six reasons to book your stay directly
We’re all desperate to get out and about this summer, and it would be easy to stick to the same old websites. But with a tiny bit of googling and reading reviews, you can find your ideal accommodation without the booking sites, and get a better deal by going direct.Explore
Discover 1,400 years of history
Canterbury is home to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites - Canterbury Cathedral, with its stunning mixture of Romanesque and Perpendicular Gothic architecture, the modest Church of St Martin (the oldest church in the English-speaking world) and the ruins of St Augustine’s Abbey, once a burial place for the Anglo-Saxon kings of Kent.Explore
Fill your life with experiences
Fact. Experiences bring you more happiness than material things. When you can't live in the moment, give yourself (or others!) something to look forward to. We've compiled a list of some of our favourite local experiences to inspire you to make 2021 a year to (positively) remember!Explore
Pawfect dog walks in and around Canterbury
It’s a dog’s life in lockdown thanks to all those extra walks and cuddles in the bid to boost your (and your best friend’s) wellbeing. With the great outdoors providing a sanctuary for escape, we are lucky to have so many across our city, coast and countryside.Explore
John's Ghostly Tale...
One of the things which makes Canterbury so special are the authentic personal stories of those who live and work here. Introducing the charismatic John Hippisley, tour guide and ghost hunter. His Canterbury Ghost Tour has been immersing people in Canterbury’s dark side for more than three decades, and he is one of our city’s most distinctive characters...Explore
Ten reasons to visit Canterbury this autumn
Canterbury is a fantastic place to visit all year round, but autumn is the perfect time to explore our city, coast and countryside to see the changing colours, find your new favourite festival, meet our spooky resident, indulge in some comfort food or a cosy pub, and enjoy a family day out.Explore
Wrap up warm, it's time to go outside!
While travel restrictions are in place, it’s important to make the most of your local daily exercise. Fresh air, seascapes and countryside scenes – when it comes winter walks and outdoor adventures on your doorstep, you’ll be spoilt for choice in Canterbury, Herne Bay and Whitstable.Explore
Plan your perfect escape
Whether you need a romantic retreat, a sumptuous meal or afternoon tea, a cocktail class, some much needed pamper time or an escape to the country, we have plenty of places for you to choose from! Flexible bookings and gift vouchers are available now at a host of venues - why not buy now and stay later!Explore
Canterbury has a vibrant calendar of festivals, events, shows and gigs - there's always something exciting taking place for you to enjoy.
See what’s coming up over the next few months in our wide-ranging events calendar.
For centuries, Canterbury has been where great stories are told. From the bloody history of its cathedral to mead-soaked tales from pioneering pilgrims. From the minds of cinematic legends to the Instagram feeds of artists and artisans.
The perpetual waves lapping this coastal town have brought Romans and forts, charmed the Victorians, sunken aircrafts and washed away piers. From mods and rockers to nostalgic arcades and thriving artists a colourful spectrum of stories are here in Herne Bay.
With generations earning their living from the sea, shaping the Whitstable you see today, you'll find a coastal town rich in maritime history. Search out smugglers' alleyways and artists' humour dotted around the streets among beautiful bijoux shops and eateries.
Discover outdoor adventures
With 15 miles of coastline, blue flag beaches, the North Downs Way National Trail, Blean ancient woodlands, nature reserves, disused railway routes, the Kentish Stour - England's most historic river, and being a part of Kent's Area of Oustanding Natural Beauty, Canterbury's city, coast and countryside is the perfect place to explore the great outdoors.
Culture and heritage
The city has three UNESCO world heritage sites, six museums, seven art galleries, six theatres, one castle, one abbey, one cathedral and 24 Canterbury Tales. We're home to Bagpuss, Rupert the Bear, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and James Bond. We have eight saints, four playwrights, one poet laureate, one black knight, 40 qualified guides and one ghost hunter.
Parks, gardens and woods
From small secret hideaways to acres of parks and gardens, being in the Garden of England Canterbury's city, coast and countryside have plenty of parks, gardens and wide-open spaces to tempt you. Why not take a quiet wander through Blean Woods Nature Reserve or explore the stunning Edwardian terraced gardens of Mount Ephraim House and Gardens.
Exploring coastal treasures
For family fun try fossil hunting for sharks teeth at Beltinge or head to Herne Bay pier and take the kids on the carousel. The ruins of the Roman Fort at Reculver attracts photographers all year round wanting to capture the perfect sunset. And if you love nature, Reculver Country Park is an internationally important area for wildlife where thousands of migratory birds make it home for the winter.