Stay home, stay safe
The district of Canterbury, along with the rest of England, will be gradually reopening following the stages of the government's roadmap. Until restrictions allow, remember to follow the latest government guidelines by staying at home, keeping it local, and acting responsibly when exercising or taking essential journeys.
#StayHomeStaySafe and read our guide to Canterbury in lockdown to find out more about what's on your doorstep, which essential shops are open, and who's offering deliveries, takeaways, click-and-collect services so you can continue to support all your favourite local businesses.
Until we're able to welcome you again in person, you can still discover Canterbury's city, coast, and countryside from the comfort and safety of your own home as a #VirtualVisitor. Follow #BringingCanterburyToYou or visit bit.ly/simplyinspirational, where we share with you ideas to inspire future trips, as well as content to explore, entertain, and educate.
Welcome to Canterbury's city, coast and countryside
We invite you behind the scenes to a story. Created centuries ago, by nature, by history, by people. It’s still being written today, every day. Lived and breathed, crafted.
Now is the time to create your chapter. To be the main character. Make your story, part of our story. #OurCanterburyTales
When it's safe to travel again, make 2021 the year you find and tell your story in Canterbury! We'll be here waiting for you...
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Be a virtual visitor
You can still discover our city, coast, and countryside from the comfort of your own home as we continue bringing Canterbury to you. Enjoy the Canterbury's hidden gems with a punt along the River Stour, get up close and personal with the stunning architecture and historic sites of Canterbury Cathedral or take a virtual 150 mile walk on the North Downs Way National Trail.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
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 direct
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
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
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
Eating in is the new eating out
Mix up your meals with takeaways, food boxes, and restaurant dishes delivered straight to your door! If you’re struggling to find inspiration in the kitchen, we’ve compiled a quick list of local businesses offering great at home deliveries, takeaways and meal kits so you can enjoy exceptional, locally-prepared dishes in the comfort of your own home.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
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
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.