Top attractions in Canterbury
Once a Roman settlement, Canterbury is an important city in Britain's cultural heritage. Get ready to enjoy a mix of the best of Kent's offerings--from exotic wild animals, to ancient medieval city gates and even the hospital famous for its hospitality. Canterbury will be a whirlwind!
Founded in the sixth century as a Benedictine monastery, Saint Augustine's Cathedral finished its career as a place of worship during the English Reformation. Luckily for visitors, it was restored in the 19th century.
The Canterbury Cathedral is a historically important pilgrimage. In fact, the cathedral is one of the oldest and most important Christian structures.
At your visit to the Beaney House you may appreciate art by some of the old masters dating as far back as the 16th century. You'll also gain some historical knowledge through the museums many well preserved artifacts.
For family fun, look no further than the Canterbury Roman Museum. Learn about the Roman heritage of Canterbury through interactive and life-size exhibitions. Plus, the museum offers free entrance for kids.
The historic hospital of Eastbridge will have you feeling English hospitality in full form. The hospital once catered to poor pilgrims and was renowned for the affordable care it offered.
You could come to Howletts Wild Animal Park several times before you ever saw the same animals again. Depending on the time of day, the natural habitat of the park changes quite drastically.
This medieval gate is made from Kentish ragstone and remains as the last of seven gates built in the same time period. Considered to be a hallmark of Canterbury, Westgate is the biggest surviving gate in all of England.
Low-cost methods of transport in Canterbury include bike rentals and using your own two feet. There are also buses, rails, and trains. Plus, locals and visitors alike are into carsharing, which is a modern alternative to the car rental.
While you're staying in Canterbury, you'd be hard-pressed to find better seafood anywhere else. Slurp down some oysters and visit the local farmer's markets for the freshest fish. Afterwards, nibble on some cherries or visit an apple orchard and taste the fruit of fertile soil.
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- The best time to visit Canterbury is in the summer. From June to August you'll find the sunniest skies Canterbury has to offer. If you're more in the mood for a winter holiday, stop by to see the snowfall in the colder months.
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Very nice trip, the white cliffs are amazing and the Cathedral in Canterbury as well. We would like even better time in Dover though. We hiked to the lighthouse and lively cafe of Mrs Knotts. The weather turned better so we saw over to Calei! The green and blue against the white cliffs was so great, and in the end og May there were lots of flowers as well. Being the busiest ferryport in Europe we would like some time in the town and harbour as well! Canterbury is an old and nice town, the Cathedral was under refurbishing so we missed aut a bit because of that, but that is a good thing after all. Incredible to see the architecture and the fantastic Art with leaded glass. In the crypt a choir was practicing giving us a lovely cast! Garreth the guide was full of stories, from to day and a lot of history, doing it in and fun and interesting way. Thank you for this great day!!!!
Our tour guide Lucy was excellent, super friendly, helpful and well-organised. The driver was also very friendly and funny. The trip was very enjoyable, the places were very beautiful and Lucy gave good tips about what to visit in Canterbury. On the other hand, it would be better if we had a little more time to see Canterbury, and we knew the price of the cathedral and the castle in Dover beforehand, since it was not included in the trip price. It would also be nice to know beforehand that there is no shade on the cliffs, so that we have some protection under the sun.
Trip was great, I really enjoyed the guides and their friendly personalities. Finding the bus in the morning was easy and the trip to Dover was seamless as our driver called out some great London views. Our loca guide, Lucy was friendly and knowledgeable. Cliffs of Dover and Dover Castle were great. Not enough time for the WWII tunnel tour but plenty of time fore everything else. Wish there was another hour in Canterbury to explore outside the Cathedral but it was nice being back around 6 in London. I would highly recommend!
We made the decision to check out Dover and Canterbury only a couple of days before our trip and we’re glad we did. The region is beautiful and the White Cliffs and port at Dover is quite fascinating! Canterbury was also well worth spending time in with beautiful gardens and plenty of history to absorb. Our guide Alicia did a great job. She knew plenty about both areas and made sure we were in the right place at the right time to get the most out of our day. Highly recommended!
First of all, the guide would introduce the spot along the street. And We stay about 2 hours in the White Cliffs of Dover (or you can visit 30 mins in White Cliffs and going to visit Dover Castle). The wind is whipping and a little cold there. It is a beautiful day with breathtaking view that I would like to spend the whole day. After that, we go to the Canterbury, and you must to see the Canterbury Cathedral. It is magnificent and awe-inspiring.