Maya Eva
14th August 2023

Are you looking to save a pound or two while exploring historic Canterbury? We can help!

From ancient architecture to natural beauty, there's something for everyone to enjoy without breaking the bank. Whether you're a local resident or a curious traveler, here's a guide to some fantastic free things to do in Canterbury that will help you make the most of your time.

Starting off with The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge, located on the high street, this is a perfect place for the family to get together for an afternoon of art and culture. This building hosts a museum, art gallery, library and visitor centre full of great information about the local area, all free to enter nd great for rainy days too!

Why not host a picnic at Westgate Gardens, Solly's Orchard or Dane John Gardens? These historic green spaces are a great places to people watch or soak up some sunshine! Enjoy the scenery and the greeney with friends for free, and if you feel like purchasing some  snacks from the city centre there are plenty of yummy cafes and independent retailers to help you stock your picnic basket.

A walk can do wonders, so step back in time as you wander through the picturesque streets of Canterbury. The city's rich history is on full display with ancient buildings to admire, each telling a unique story. Keep your eyes out for blue plaques on some buildings that dictate important historical significance of previous residents. Don't forget to spot other gems like St. Augustine's Abbey ruins, the ducking stool at The Old Weavers and the Westgate Towers.

Have a beach day in Whitstable and Herne Bay! Take a short journey from the heart of Canterbury to two charming coastal destinations. Whitstable's pebble beaches and iconic beach huts offer a tranquil escape, while Herne Bay's stretching shores and traditional pier are perfect for a family day out.

For the nature enthusiasts, there are countless opportunities for walking and cycling adventure. The Crab and Winkle Way is a scenic route that takes you through lush landscapes and woodland, connecting Canterbury to Whitstable. The North Downs Way cuts through Canterbury - as it was the route taken by many pilgrims over the centuries offers panoramic views of the countryside, making it an ideal choice for those seeking a refreshing outdoor experience.

Delve into Canterbury's Roman history at the Roman Museum, where artifacts and displays beneath the streets to transport you back to ancient times. While there is an admission fee for non-residents, Canterbury locals can use the MyCanterbury card to enjoy free access. It's an excellent chance to learn about the city's fascinating past.

Canterbury's calendar is also peppered with exciting seasonal events that promise free and festive fun for all. In the summer, plan your visit around the Medieval Pageant where the streets come alive with medieval characters, or immerse yourself in the vibrant celebrations of Pride Canterbury. As the year progresses, Halloween and Christmas also offer an enchanting ambiance with themed events, markets, and entertainment.

And at the top of the high street, Whitefriars is more than just a shopping center – it's a hub of activity and entertainment. Keep an eye out for their free events that cater to all ages. Whether it's live music, workshops, or interactive installations, Whitefriars adds an extra layer of enjoyment to your Canterbury experience.

If you feel like splurging in the city, take a look at our guides to great places to eat and how to shop local. And there are plenty of accommodation options to suit every budget.