Ten reasons why you should visit Canterbury this autumn
Canterbury's beautiful city, coast and countryside is just waiting for you to wrap up and explore this autumn...
- Since the days of Chaucer and his tales, the city continues to inspire arts and culture. Canterbury Festival, one of the only arts festivals taking place this year, returns this October with a two-week extravaganza of music, performance, talks, family events, science and more.
- Step into 1,400 years of history, heritage and culture with a guided city tour. See the changing season on a relaxing historic river trip as your guide points out hidden gems you can only see by boat. Or explore Canterbury’s fascinating history with a walking tour, taking in the medieval lanes, majestic Cathedral’s Precincts, famous ‘crooked house’ and more!
- For those brave enough, take a candle-lit haunted river tour and hear local and national ghost stories that will give you chills. Or follow Canterbury’s famous ghost hunter on a crisp evening to learn more about the city’s dark side.
- Just a five minute stroll from the city centre, past the ancient walls that encircle the city is St Augustine’s Abbey. Originally the burial place of Anglo-Saxon kings of Kent, it is part of the Canterbury World Heritage Site, along with the cathedral and St Martin's Church.
- Escape to the country. Go beyond the city and explore one of the largest areas of ancient woodlands in southern Britain. Blean Woods National Nature Reserve is less than 10 minutes away. It‘s the perfect place to kick up the leaves on an autumn walk or wander through mature oaks which hide lesser spotted woodpeckers and nightingales.
- Go from cloisters to oysters and cycle along the Crab and Winkle Way. An old and disused railway line between Canterbury and Whitstable - it was the first railway in England to carry passengers in steam-hauled trains. The original Invicta steam engine now sits proudly in Whitstable Museum.
- Sample award-winning wines at the family-run Chartham Vineyard, one of East Kent's newest vineyards. Take a tour to learn more about why this little corner of the Garden of England is fast becoming the wine centre of the county. If you’d prefer not to drive, you can walk or hire a bike and cycle the Great Stour Way, along the river from Canterbury to Chartham village.
- Pop down to the Pumpkin Patch Pick-Your-Own for some torchlit pumpkin picking and choose from thousands of pumpkins, get lost in the straw bale maze and catch it all on camera at the pumpkin pyramid photo station.
- 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.
- After all this exploring, there is nothing more lovely than curling up by a roaring fire when it is cold or drizzly outside. Here are just a few of our traditional pubs that come with a warm welcome, real ale and a hearth to warm your toes.
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 have plenty of places for you to choose from!