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Explore the city's distinctive quarters and historic areas

As befitting a medieval, Canterbury is divided into a series of easy-to-navigate historic areas and quarters, each with their own distinctive character. All within 5 to 10 minutes walk of each other, explore them all on your next trip or pick one per day during your city break.

The King’s Mile 

Bursting with colour, this collection of linked streets runs alongside the cathedral and prestigious King’s School offering shopping and dining experience where new meets old.

Find independent shops and traditional traders offering handcrafted jewellery, fresh produce, arts, crafts, games and gifts, clothing and great food & drink. Spot the famous leaning building, Catching Lives Bookshop, say hello to the traders today!

The Cathedral Quarter

On the doorstep of the hallowed cathedral and the historic Buttermarket, this quarter’s beautiful cobbled streets offer an eclectic mix of independent specialist shops, bars and restaurants just off the high street.

Whether shopping, dining or relaxing, the Cathedral Quarter prides itself on delivering a welcoming customer service that is second to none.

The Castle Quarter

Stretching from the haunting castle ruins to the high street, the Castle Quarter is home to thriving creative businesses, independent makers, superb coffee and the city’s own brewery, The Foundry.

Enjoy a punt along the River Stour, spoken word events at cafes and co-working spaces, and the greenery of the hidden riverside parks.

Read the local stories, find out what's on and discover the local businesses at the official Castle Quarter website

Canterbury's West End

Framed by the Westgate Towers, the West End is the first taste of Canterbury for many travellers from Canterbury West. Home to The Goods Shed farmers market and restaurant, visitors can indulge their tastebuds in a quarter that boasts highly regarded restaurants, cocktail bars and historic real ale pubs. It's also home to some fabulous independent retailers including jewellers, art galleries and vintage shops.

Head to the Towers for a dose of history, and then into the floral paradise of Westgate Gardens for a spot of punting on the river!

Whitefriars Shopping Centre

Your focal point for fashion, Canterbury’s open air shopping centre is the destination for top brands and serious retail therapy. Fenwick anchors the offer, as our premier department store, but there is so much more with over 70 of the country’s leading fashion and lifestyle retailers located here.

Get your essentials, and those must have looks, and fuel up on coffee and snacks with the regular open air street traders.

St Peter's Street and The High Street

Canterbury’s main thoroughfare offers a feast for the eyes with plenty of retail therapy from both national and independent businesses. Make sure you look up at the beautiful architecture and weave in and out of cafés, pubs and restaurants.

There are plenty of places to pause with a coffee to people-watch, and be sure to make a beeline for the striking The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge, the city’s tourist information point, museum, library and art gallery - and one of the best looking buildings in the city.