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Canterbury, the city for exploring in 2021

River punt along stour and Westgate Gardens © Ersyersy on IG

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.

If you’re looking for some inspiration, we’ve come up with ten reasons for you to visit in 2021:

  1. Step into 1,400 years of history, heritage, and culture with Canterbury’s three UNESCO World Heritage sites - Canterbury Cathedral, St Martin’s Church, the oldest church in the English-speaking world, and St Augustine’s Abbey, a burial place of Kent’s Anglo-Saxon kings.
  2. Relax on a boat trip along the River Stour, as your guide points out hidden gems only found from meandering the waterways of the city. 
  3. Sample local award-winning wines with a tour and tasting at the family-run Chartham Vineyard, one of East Kent’s newest vineyards, or the boutique vineyard at Barnsole, one of Kent’s the oldest vineyards.
  4. Wander through mature oaks which hide lesser spotted woodpeckers and nightingales in Blean Woods National Nature Reserve; one of the largest areas of ancient woodlands in southern Britain.
  5. Explore off the beaten track and walk or cycle the Crab and Winkle Way. a disused railway line between Canterbury and Whitstable - the first railway in England to carry passengers in steam-hauled trains!
  6. See a colony of seals or the sea forts from World War II with boat trips from Whitstable Harbour.
  7. Indulge in fresh seafood and try one (or more!) of Whistable’s famous native oysters. Stroll along the streets and smugglers alleyways of this popular harbour town rich in maritime history.
  8. Take in the wide-open spaces, fresh sea air, and award-winning coastline of Herne Bay, a traditional and charming coastal town with the majestic Reculver Towers dominating the skyline.
  9. Historic Dover Castle and the iconic White Cliffs are less than 25 minutes away. And Walmer Castle and Gardens, the home of the Duke of Wellington, is only 30 minutes from Canterbury.
  10. Wake up to the majestic view of Canterbury Cathedral and the aroma of home-baked bread with an overnight stay at the Canterbury Cathedral Lodge.

There's so much to do!

From a first-class world-heritage city steeped in history and culture with picturesque coastal towns and award-winning beaches to quintessentially English villages; unspoiled ancient woodland, nature reserves, and areas of outstanding natural beauty. Canterbury’s beautiful city, coast, and countryside are just waiting for you to explore.

Whether you're 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 invite you to find your perfect place to stay.

Businesses across our city, coast and countryside have been working hard to make sure you have a safe and comfortable visit! Many have VisitEngland’s ‘We’re Good to Go’ industry standard, showing they follow government guidelines and have all the necessary safety measures in place.