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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!

St Augustine's Cathedral
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St Augustine's Cathedral

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.

Canterbury Cathedral

Canterbury Cathedral

The Canterbury Cathedral is a historically important pilgrimage. In fact, the cathedral is one of the oldest and most important Christian structures.

Beaney House of Art and Knowledge

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.

Canterbury Roman Museum

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.

Eastbridge Hospital of St Thomas the Martyr
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Eastbridge Hospital of St Thomas the Martyr

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.

Howletts Wild Animal Park

Howletts Wild Animal Park

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.

Westgate

Westgate

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.

Planning Your Canterbury Visit

How to Get Around Canterbury?

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.

What to Eat in Canterbury?

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.

Good to know

  • Language
    English
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+02:00)
  • Country Code
    +44
  • Best time to visit
    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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What people are saying about Canterbury

Lead castle impressed me and we were very happy to start with

Lunch box can be better :)))but it saved time to do rest of activity better to have this lunch box by Dove cliff and eat outside the bus

Throughly enjoyed the day, the bus and the tour guide were excellent!

The tour guide (Susan) was very organized, informative and could not have been nicer! The boxed lunch was an unexpected treat and very appreciated.

A lovely day out on a fine Sunday with a great Guide and Driver!

The morning rain soon cleared by the time we arrived at Leeds Castle with lively and interesting commentary throughout all the day by Sue and careful driving by Cheryl. With it being dark by the time we got to Greenwich, for the return boat trip, the cruise was even more enjoyable with the lights of the riverside buildings and historic sites illuminated! Sue ensured everybody knew how to get back to their accommodations before she parted with the 'multi-international' speaking group. My only complaint was that the map I was sent with my booking confirmation, 'supposedly' detailing where the coach was to pick me up, left me waiting for half an hour at 7.30am on a cold morning in the wrong place!! At 8am, with nobody else waiting, I ask two Megabus workers if I was definitely in the right place and they advised me the Golden Tours pick-up place was undercover in the middle of a building much further down the road. As a Stroke sufferer, I didn't appreciate this extra last-minute rush!

Amazing tour even when the weather wasn't the best

Great tour guides, they were very friendly and accommodating. I would highly recommend this tour. The weather wasn't the best, but the tour continued and the tour guides were very witty and helpful in recommending places to go and what was worth seeing. I went to the Cliffs and also went to the Dover Castle. The Castle there is a discount for 2 for 1 on the Kent website, which made it 10 pounds a person which was very reasonable. The time was a bit rushed, but it comes with the territory of trying to see 3 things in one day. I wish we spent more time in Dover and less time in Canterbury though. Overall great trip, try to look at weather if possible before booking to try to get a clear view of the cliffs.

Highly recommended, perfect day out of London!

We highly enjoyed the day trip, Rosie and Graham were great, very friendly and the day was organised leaving just the right amount of time for each place we visited. Great experience!