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No matter what time of year you visit, there are unmissable experiences awaiting.
Our new guide is jam-packed with exciting itineraries and top tips to help you plan your visit.
Whether it's a well-being break close to nature, a hiking adventure in the North Downs, a gastronomic trip sampling delicious Kentish fare or the buzz or a local event.
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
A book lover's guide to Canterbury's best bookshops
From being the birthplace of Christopher Marlowe to famously featuring in Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, Canterbury has been a beacon of creativity and talent for hundreds of years. Keeping this literary heritage alive, the city has a great variety of bookshops that are worth a visit.Explore
Our top ten dog walks
After working from home during the pandemic, many of us have developed an even stronger bond with our canine companions. Happily, Canterbury is as dog-friendly as you like, so pack your hound’s ball launcher and let’s go walkies!Explore
Be a sustainable tourist in Canterbury, Herne Bay and Whitstable
With a compact city centre, Blue Flag beaches and a countryside buzzing with biodiversity, our beautiful corner of Kent offers all the ingredients for a sustainable visit.Explore
Six reasons to book your stay directly
Time to ditch the booking websites! A bit of googling is all it takes to find your ideal accommodation – and get a great deal in the process.Explore
Food lovers’ guide to Canterbury
If there’s one thing you can be guaranteed of when visiting Canterbury, it’s getting a good meal – often with a pretty cool view! The district is packed with award-winning restaurants, cafés and hot spots for delicious snacks, with most serving unbeatable fresh, local produce straight from the ‘Garden of England’. Whatever your tastes, this guide will help you find the perfect place for you...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
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
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
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
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
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
Our top picks to get the most out of your visit
Rediscover England’s First Cathedral on a day out 1,400 years in the making. World Heritage Site, Mother Church & resting place of royalty.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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
The Cottage, 7 Longport
Behind our 18th Century townhouse can be found a 15th Century cottage which has been transformed into quirky 21st Century accommodation.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
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
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
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
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
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.