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7 things to do 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!

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

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!

great daytour without tourguide/native driver only

First of all our driver "Darren" was on time at the meeting point 08:30am. The meeting point was easy to find according the instructions in the booking. Our small bus was fully booked with 16 people. There was NO other tourguide so our driver tried his best to tell us a little bit while driving us the whole day but he was very hard to understand due to his accent and also due to the non proper working loudspeakers on the bus. But he was helpfull, water an sweets/mints included for all of us during the day. At all stops we had enough time by our own to explore the locations eventhough our driver missed the correct driving direction once or twice. 1. Canterbury (1,5h) 2. Whitecliffs of Dover (1h) 3. Leeds Castle (2h) At Leeds Castle Darren organized a reduced entrance fee, this was great! As there was a traffic jam in the evening back to London it took us a bit longer to come back. Drop off at 08pm. All together a great experience.

Garreth the guide made the experience even better!!!

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!!!!

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.

Fantastic day in Dover and Canterbury with plenty of free time!

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!