Visit Canterbury

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Now more than ever we urge you to support our local businesses, until our restaurants, cafes, bars, retailers, hotels and attractions are able to once again welcome you in person.

This lockdown comes at what is usually our busiest time of year with Christmas shoppers and folks taking festive breaks. Many business will offer online opportunities for you to still stock up on gifts, treat yourself to a take aways and more. 

Over the next four weeks we'll be sharing ideas to inspire, content to explore, and ways to support local businesses. In the meantime, you can discover Canterbury's city, coast and countryside from the comfort and safety of your own home. 

#BringingCanterburyToYou ❤️

You can keep up to date with government's latest COVID-19 advice.

Explore the great outdoors

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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.

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Our cultural heritage

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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.

Find out more about our historical landmarks, museums and galleries, theatres and cinemas and tours and sightseeing.

Canterbury, the spirit of Christmas

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Let the Canterbury Gift Card take the stress out of gifting. It is accepted across the city in independent and national shops, food and drink, hotels, attractions and much more. Stay, shop or socialise, the gift card is the perfect present for any occasion!

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Parks & gardens

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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.

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Coastal escapes

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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.

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Visit virtually

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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.

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Once one of medieval Europe's great places of pilgrimages, explore the World Heritage Sites, take a punt on the river, and discover the secret gardens of this world-famous cathedral city.


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Rich maritime history awaits you in bohemian Whitstable. Indulge in fresh seafood, visit the working harbour, or explore the independent shops.

Herne Bay

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When the weather is fine, there's no better time to soak up the sun on one of Herne Bay's award-winning beaches or just take a stroll through its charming streets.

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From rural retreats, coastal cottages, and city centre hotels, inns, and quaint B&Bs, visitors are drawn to our local lifestyle.

Whether you're for a looking to escape to the countryside with the family (and your four-legged friend), want a romantic coastal break for just the two of you or fancy a chic city break with your friends, we have plenty of places for you to choose from!

Canterbury Cathedral Lodge | Woolton Farm | Howlfield Manor | 7 Longport and Love Lane Holiday Cottages | Inspired Canterbury Self Catering | Palace Farm Hostel and Campsite | Kent and Sussex Cottages | Bellflower Mews | Canterbury Cottages | Beverley Farmhouse | Church Oast B&B | Great Field Farm B&B and Self Catering | Mount Ephriam House and Gardens | Broome Park Hotel and Golf Resort | Best Western Abbots Barton Hotel | Falstaff Hotel and Cocktail Bar | The Dog at Wingham | University of Kent and more...

Book your perfect stay

Your official digital visitor's guide to help plan your perfect stay in the Garden of England.

Whether you're looking for city, country or coastal accommodation, or want ideas on things to do and places to go during your holiday, come and experience the very best of what Canterbury, Herne Bay, and Whitstable have to offer.

From a city steeped in history, heritage and culture, picturesque coastal towns, and award-winning beaches to quintessentially English villages, unspoiled ancient woodland, and areas of outstanding natural beauty.

If you're looking for some #staycation or #daycation inspiration, here you will find everything you need to know about visiting Canterbury's amazing city, coast, and countryside!