Visit Canterbury

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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!

 

Canterbury

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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.

Whitstable

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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 | Clare Ellen Guest House | 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 | West House | 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...

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Outdoor activities

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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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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 enjoy a picnic by the river in Westgate Parks, 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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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.

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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Self led tours

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Free, self-guided trails and tour so you can follow in the footsteps of Charles Dickens and see the places that inspired his most autobiographical novel, David Copperfield. Learn about Canterbury's Mayflower connections through city resident Robert Cushman, and discover contemporary works of art on the Canterbury Sculpture Trail dotted in and around Canterbury's city walls, parks, gardens, and riverside.

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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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Know before you go...

Businesses across our city, coast and countryside have been working hard you have a safe and comfortable visit! ❤️

Many have been awarded VisitEngland's 'We're Good to Go' kitemark, showing they have taken the necessary measures and are adhering to Government guidelines and Public Health guidance. 

#KnowBeforeYouGo and look out for this sign when planning your visit! 

We are regularly updating our website, however, due to the ever-changing nature of the situation, we can't guarantee this. 
Please plan ahead and check the websites of the places you want to visit directly, some need pre-booking and plan how to get in and out of Canterbury, Herne Bay and Whistable in advance.

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