Christopher Marlowe self led trail | Things to do | Visit Canterbury

Christopher Marlowe self led trail | Things to do

Christopher Marlowe self led trail

Christopher Marlowe self led trail


Poet, spy and Shakespeare’s rival - Christopher Marlowe lived a colourful life.

The playwright and poet Christopher Marlowe was born in Canterbury in 1564 and was the son of a shoemaker. His groundbreaking use of blank verse and dynamic plotlines paved the way for William Shakespeare, yet he is also remembered for his roistering lifestyle, a heady mixture of scandal, religion and espionage. It is widely believed he met his end in a brawl in Deptford, the truth may yet turn out to be stranger than fiction.

This fascinating walk takes you on a journey through the heart of the city. Following Marlowe’s footsteps from birth, you’ll walk the paths that he would have taken more than four hundred years ago, so take in the history and intrigue to his life, which was tragically cut short at the age of 29 in slightly suspicious circumstances.

Why not take a guided river tour along the River Stour and experience the abundance of history from a different perspective. 

What you need to know

This is a self-led trail.

It's approximately one mile of flat terrain around the city centre.


Starts at St George's Clock Tower