Explore our walled medieval city for a day, a weekend, or a lifetime - you'll never get bored.
Do you want to get lost in history by exploring the world-famous UNESCO World Heritage Sites? Maybe you want to dip below the streets or celebrate the artistic past? Are you looking for river boat tour or an after-dark taste of the city’s darker legends? Or are you more in the mood for a family adventure?
Canterbury has you covered.
In the heart of the city stands Canterbury Cathedral, one of the most important historic sites in the world. With sections dating back to the 11th Century, the Anglo-Gothic and Romanesque structure has been the site of numerous historical events, from planning the Magna Carta to the murder of Archbishop Thomas Becket. It remains one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Europe and together with St Augustine’s Abbey and St Martin’s Church, these religious buildings make up a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
If that isn't old enough for you, head to Canterbury's Roman Museum right in the heart of the city, situated on the site of an original Roman Villa.
Newcomers to the area, and residents looking for things to do with the whole family, should head straight to The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge, a stunning gallery, exhibition space, library and site of the city's visitor information centre. It's a great place to pick up maps and tips on getting around the city, and you can enjoy the exhibits and activities while there. You can also explore the rare collections and artefacts at the Kent Museum of Freemasonry.
Culture vultures can find their fix at the award-winning Marlowe Theatre just off the high street, at The Gulbenkian cinema and theatre on the University of Kent campus or at one of the two Curzon cinemas. Of course, there’s also the home ground of Kent County Cricket Club that hosts many live music events and family days out.
The Franciscan Gardens are a beautiful floral attraction on the first Franciscan Settlement in Britain, with the Greyfriars Chapel remaining the only building of the first English Franciscan Friary. For an enjoyable walk or rest, Dane John Gardens provides a beautiful scenery where you can sit back by the fountains with a drink and a bite to eat from Don Juan’s Latin American cafe.
Next stop is the Westgate Towers Museum and Viewpoint, England's largest surviving medieval gateway with spectacular views of the city, perfectly complemented with a visit to the Westgate Gardens, offering a tranquil walk (or punt!) by the river, immersed in the greenery and flowers.
With so much to see and do in the city, why not take the pressure off with a guided walking tour of Canterbury led by experts - immerse yourself in tales from the past with Canterbury Guided Tours and CT Tours or get to grips with the ghostly goings on with the Canterbury Ghost Tour.