Sinead Hanna
23rd April 2024

If you've decided you want to sample some of Canterbury's finest tipples, but want inspiration on what else to do in the city - The Foundry is here to help!

The Foundry is the home of Canterbury Brewers & Distillers, housed in a stunning Victorian Foundry in Canterbury city centre. Here you can enjoy an array of ales, larger, and spirits - produced on site - and fill your bellies with hearty pub food. Lovers of local produce can enjoy tasting flights or head behind the scenes for a tour of the brewing and distilling process with the team. 

Husband and wife team Jon and Jodie Mills are as passionate about Canterbury as they are about brewing and distilling, and were happy to share their favourites spots for a day out with Visit Canterbury...​

Historic Canterbury is the jewel in the heart of the Kent crown, a must for any visitor to the county. Whether you’re fascinated by the fables of the pilgrims in the Canterbury Tales, in awe of the architecture from the mighty Cathedral to the medieval cottages or just want to enjoy some fabulous food and drinks – there is something for everyone.

We quizzed our knowledgeable pub team to find out what they’d recommend as the 5 best things to do in Canterbury – these were their choices!

And remember that before, during or after your day in Canterbury, we would love to see you at The Foundry. We cater for groups, and families, for lunch, a light bite, dinner or just a swift half to quench your thirst before your next adventure.


See the city in from one of these amazing punts along the River Stour. These beautiful hand-made punts really are a sight to behold, and you will see the city from an angle you wouldn’t see, from the toe path or high street. The tours are perfect for families, children, community groups, schools, and work away days and last approximately 40-50 minutes. There is plenty of time to explore other areas of the city on foot too. Canterbury Punting Tours are able to arrange bespoke tours as well, if you have special requirements or celebrating an occasion.


Canterbury Cathedral has over 1400 years of history to be explored. These include the place where Thomas Becket was murdered, the tomb of King Henry IV and The Black Prince.

For youngsters, there’s the Gargoyle Trail, a media guide and discovery trail too. If you are arranging events for a larger group – the tour team at the cathedral can arrange for you to take part in a choice of 6 tours – there truly is something for everyone.

As well as a visit to the Cathedral – you can see and buy our Canterbury Cathedral Herb Garden Gin, a stunning gin made with herbs grown in the medieval herb garden of Canterbury Cathedral. Limited release, bottles all numbered and signed.


Something new for Spring 2024 at the cathedral, you can explore the places in the linked to the renowned saint and martyr Thomas Becket, who was famously murdered in the cathedral in 1170. From the location of his attack to the site of his first tomb, where over 700 miracles were reported.

His story has been immortalised in stained glass, and this new tour is an incredible way to connect with the past and see some of the most beautiful historic sites in the city. 


We are so proud of our local theatre – The Marlowe – it is, and has been a must-visit for many residents and tourists for years and is one of the jewels in the Canterbury crown.

Often West End shows visit the Marlowe as part of their nationwide tours, making the best theatre accessible to so many people.

The stunning architecture is imposing but not distracting in amongst the medieval history in Canterbury – you must visit even if not to see a show – it’s just a 30-second walk from the High Street. We love it here at The Foundry and try to visit with our family as often as possible.


Award-winning, The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge is an art gallery, library and Visitor Information Centre situated in the high street.

With a year-round schedule of events, exhibitions, workshops and activities, the building is hard to miss!

A great day out for families and visitors of all ages.