Inspiration for creating your own chapter
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 to explore Canterbury’s city, coast and countryside.
If you’re looking for some inspiration, we’ve come up with some top tips to make the most of your visit…
Uncover your inner sleuth
A brand-new outdoor detective experience in Canterbury – from the makers of Sherlock: The Official Live Game. Sherlock needs your help! Uncover a series of clues, conundrums, and codes that need to be cracked in this original Sherlock-inspired challenge. Gather your most esteemed group of intrepid friends to find key evidence and solve the mystery.
One of the best ways to explore the city is by water. You can snuggle up on a private tour with Canterbury Punting Co., or learn about Canterbury’s history with the Historic River Tours – whichever you choose, you’ll see hidden parts of the city and learn fascinating facts in dreamy surroundings.
If you prefer to take to the oars yourself, book an adventure with Canoe Wild based at Fordwich, Britain's smallest town. Choose from sunrise or sunset paddles taking in the lush countryside and wildlife, or kayaking or paddleboard courses.
Discover the light and dark of the city
Step back in time and learn about the city’s fascinating history with Canterbury Guided Tours. Run by expert Green and Blue Badge Guides, you will take in some stunning sites as you wind through the cobbled streets. Or for something more spooky, explore some of the grim and gruesome stories buried in the medieval city’s past with one of the famous Canterbury Ghost Tours. And for those wanting to see the city’s quieter and greener side, there’s CT Tours’ Wellbeing Walk.
Explore 1,400 years of history
850 years ago, one of the most famous events in Canterbury’s history took place – the murder of Thomas Beckett in Canterbury Cathedral. Since then, millions of Pilgrims and visitors have made their way to the holy site, and it remains one of the most visited places in the country. No day out in Canterbury would be complete without a visit to this fantastic UNESCO World Heritage site.
Walk among the vines
The countryside surrounding Canterbury produces some of the finest sparkling wines in Europe, so why not treat yourself to a trip to an award-winning vineyard while you’re here! You’ll be able to experience beautiful scenery on a guided tour and sample some fizz with a cellar door tasting at Chartham Vineyard, Barnsole Vineyard, or Simpsons Wine Estate.
Indulge in some vitamin-sea
Canterbury is more than a first-class cultural heritage city, it also boasts an award-winning coastline that’s so close it makes an easy ‘add-on’ to your trip.
While in Whitstable, take a boat trip to watch the seals, sail around the 1940s army forts standing like giants in the sea, or indulge in fresh seafood from the working harbour and fish market.
Head further up the coast to Bishopstone for fossil hunting, follow in the footsteps of Romans at Reculver Towers, or rejuvenate/revive yourself in Herne Bay dubbed the ‘Healthiest spot in England’ by the Victorians.
Take the path less travelled
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. Or 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!
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