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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
Win a Christmas break in Canterbury
Make your Christmas Canterbury.! Do you want to win a fantastic two-night Christmas break for two in Canterbury? Our latest competition gives two lucky people the chance to soak up the wonderful festive atmosphere of our beautiful historic city - filled with glowing lights, cosy corners and unique festive experiences.Explore
17 reasons to visit Canterbury this October and 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
Manager Nicola's 'Hamptonality' Tale
It’s taken eight years, but Hampton by Hilton Canterbury, the city’s biggest hotel, is open! As Sales Manager, Nicola Smith showed us around, it became clear the new city-centre hotel has fascinating stories to tell – and will be the beginning of many more of #OurCanterburyTales.Explore
How to be a sustainable tourist in Canterbury, Herne Bay and Whitstable
Here we look at how we can all travel more sustainably and responsible to minimise our environmental impact as well as really experience the Canterbury district and all it has to offer!Explore
Brewer Jon's Ale Tale
Canterbury is fortunate to have many pubs, but only one of them actually has a brewery and distillery on the premises. Over some excellent coffee, we talked to Jon Mills, director and co-owner of The Foundry Brew Pub,.Explore
Our top ten dog walks
Looking for inspiration on where to walk with your canine companion? Unlike a lot of cities, you’re never more than five minutes from green space in Canterbury and you're only 20 minutes from awarding winning coastlines. Enjoy long woodland walks and coastal strolls with your four-legged friends before relaxing in one of the many dog-friendly pubs in Canterbury, Herne Bay and Whitstable.Explore
Peter’s Trail Tale
For centuries pilgrims have made their way to Canterbury and weaved their Canterbury Tales along well-trodden paths. For Peter Morris, Canterbury’s trails represent the focus of his working life. It's his job to manage the 153 miles of the North Downs Way, which runs over the historic pilgrimage routes around Canterbury and through beautiful landscapes rich in heritage and natural beauty. He was kind enough to share his Canterbury Tale with us, and offer some tips to anyone considering a visit.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
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
Author Julie Wassmer's Novel Tale
Internationally acclaimed writer, Julie Wassmer, shares how Canterbury and Whitstable have inspired her Whitstable Pearl mystery novels that have recently been adapted for TV. Here's her Canterbury Tale...Explore
DJ Stephen's Entertaining Tale
Despite currently being one of the busiest people in entertainment and the build-up to large events like Pride Canterbury always being a crazy time, Stephen Sullivan - Radio DJ and Entertainment Director at Pride Canterbury and Glitterbomb, was kind enough to spend some time with us and share his Canterbury Tale.Explore
16 exciting NEW experiences to try!
You’ve heard the Canterbury tales, and now the time has come to make your own. This year we’ve gone bigger and better to bring you some fantastic new activities and experiences. So whether you’ve been here before or you’re a first-timer, put your out of office on, round up your friends and family, and spend a few days exploring our lovely city and beyond.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
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
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.
Our top picks to get the most out of your visit
Canterbury the spirit of Christmas!
Welcome to Christmas 2021. Canterbury is gearing up for the festive season with a range of Christmas treats and experiences for the whole family!Explore
Say Hello to Moo Mop Mouse
Moo Mop made her way to Herne Bay for a staycation and has been spotted in six locations, showing what she has been enjoying during her stay. Follow in her tiny footsteps around the seaside town, and discover places you might not have been to before or knew to visit...Explore
*NEW* The Canterbury UNESCO World Heritage Site Tour
2021 sees the introduction of a new guided tour of Canterbury combining the three sites in the city that together make Canterbury a UNESCO World Heritage Site.Explore
Sherlock: The Official Outdoor Game
A brand-new outdoor detective experience in Canterbury – from the makers of Sherlock: The Official Live Game. Sherlock needs your help! Gather your most esteemed group of intrepid friends to find key evidence and solve the mystery.Explore
Canterbury Quiz Trail
Think you know Canterbury and Whitstable? Test your knowledge on a self-led quiz trail taking you to all the ‘must see’ places as you work out the fun clues along the way to discover your final answer…then enter their prize draw!Explore
Guided Whitstable Photo Tour
You’ll see and experience the history, heritage and receive help in creating photographs of all the classic views and secret corners with your guide and local pro photographer Alex Hare.Explore
Canterbury Guided Tours
Enjoy a fascinating 90 minute guided walking tour of the city's historic streets and the cathedral precincts, with entertaining guides letting you in on all of our best-kept secrets...Explore
Canterbury Historic River Tours
Sit back and relax on this multi-award winning historic river tour, perfect for visitors of all ages. Your guide will provide the commentary whilst you enjoy some of Canterbury's finest views.Explore
Chartham Vineyard is one of East Kent's newest vineyards situated at Burnt House Farm in Chartham close to the historic City of Canterbury in Kent.Explore
Felderland Pick-Your-Own Farm
Tucked in between the picturesque coastal towns of Sandwich and Deal, Felderland Farm is one of the largest Pick Your Own or PYO farms in Kent and grows a wide range of fresh seasonal produce!Explore
Tiny Tim's Tearoom
This luxurious 1930s inspired tea room offers homemade cakes, scones and freshly prepared lunchtime and breakfast dishes made with local produce by our expert chefs and bakersExplore
Canoe Wild will be setting sail once more and offering customers a unique opportunity to paddle a stretch of the beautiful River Stour, just outside CanterburyExplore
Canterbury Ghost Tour
An entertaining blend of history, humour and haunting amongst the old city. Meet the ghost hunter for a 90 minute tour of the spooky side of Canterbury.Explore
Kent Cycle Hire - Canterbury
Hire a bike and get out in the fresh air to explore Canterbury and the surrounding area. What better way to get around the medieval city and see the beautiful Kent countryside?Explore
Canterbury Punting Co
Take a 45 minute tour along the river, and learn stories about Canterbury's medieval past, or take a haunted trip at night - just watch out for the ghosts...Explore
The Falstaff Cocktail Masterclasses
Visit our prestigious cocktail bar in Canterbury! Our talented mixology team serve up a mix of artistic in house creations and classic cocktails in a relaxed modern bar setting, open to hotel guests and the public.Explore
Brewery and distillery tour and tasting
We brew on-site 16+ beers and Ciders. We also distil 4 Gins, Vodka and apple pie moonshine, these are made on-site from English barley from grain to glass.Explore
It's easy to find the perfect place to stay
Canterbury Cathedral Lodge
The best-located accommodation in the City! Go to bed and wake up the next morning enjoying the breathtaking views of Canterbury Cathedral from your bedroom window.Explore
The Falstaff Hotel
Just outside the Westgate, the Falstaff is a conveniently located hotel in Canterbury, with free parking and walking distance from both the city centre and Canterbury West railway station.Explore
Hampton by Hilton Canterbury
The Hampton by Hilton Canterbury is nestled among shops and cafes on St Margaret’s Street and just a five-minute walk from the iconic Canterbury Cathedral.Explore
Howfield Manor is the ideal place to relax and enjoy a peaceful break. As an independent hotel we pride ourselves on going the extra mile to exceed your expectations, and meet all your requirements.Explore
Best Western Abbots Barton Hotel
The Best Western Abbots Barton Hotel sits quietly in Canterbury, amongst 2 acres of beautiful, tranquil landscaped gardens.Explore
Broome Park Hotel & Golf Resort
The historical Broome Park Estate was established during the reign of Charles I and has, as its centerpiece, a magnificent Grade I listed Mansion House.Explore
Great Field Farm B&B
Spacious farmhouse sits amidst paddocks, gardens and countryside in an area of outstanding natural beauty. About 10 minutes drive to CanterburyExplore
Love Lane Holiday Cottages
The stylish 3-bedroom holiday cottages are in a quiet street just outside Canterbury’s city walls only 5 minutes’ walk from the Cathedral.Explore
Kent, University of
The University of Kent offers a range of 4-5* VisitEngland campus graded accommodation, from ensuite B&B single or double rooms to self-catering flats and houses, all set in our beautiful campus overlooking the historic City of Canterbury and its famous Cathedral.Explore
Palace Farm Hostel
All rooms are spotlessly clean with central heating and ensuite shower and toilet. Relaxing hostel style B&B on family farm in village with pub in North Kent Downs AONB.Explore
We specialise in letting beautiful riverside homes in the very heart of the old city of Canterbury. All of our properties are within yards of our own home.Explore
All year round, the University of Kent offers guests the chance to stay in the grade two listed Beverley Farmhouse.Explore
Kent and Sussex Cottages
We are one of the South East's longest running agencies providing 300 quality self-catering cottages in these picturesque counties.Explore
Enjoy 5 Star Service! To ensure that your stay with us surpasses what you may be expecting from a self catering holiday, our first class service includes: a luxury welcome hamper including local organic delicacies and a bottle of wine.Explore
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.