Canterbury Cathedral

Places to stay in Canterbury

Welcome to Canterbury

Explore the cathedral city of Canterbury.

Situated in the south east of England, Canterbury was a pilgrimage site in the Middle Ages and the inspiration for Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. The city is surrounded by ancient walls, originally built by the Romans.

YHA hostels in Canterbury

Things to do in Canterbury

Five free things to do in Canterbury

Barnsole Vineyard

This family-run vineyard welcomes visitors with a free mini-tour which lasts around 20 minutes and shows off the highlights of the of three-acre location, but that's not all! Barnsole Vineyard also treats its guests to a free wine tasting session!

The Beaney

This art museum and library is located right in the centre of Canterbury, and boasts art galleries with plenty of interesting exhibitions, a fantastic library, and a varying programme of events and activities that'll ensure visitors of all ages will be happy and intrigued.

Canterbury Norman Castle

For a true taste of Canterbury's history, look no further than its Norman Castle. Built after the conclusion of the Battle of Hastings, this is one of the area's must visit attractions.

Whitstable Oyster Yawl

Oyster trawling used to be one of the key industries of the region, so the last remaining Oyster Yawl in public ownership - known as "The Favourite" - is an important reminder of the areas past.

Canterbury City Walls

Made famous by their reference in the Canterbury Tales, the city walls now unfortunately only cover half of the town, but thankfully what is left of the Roman remains can still be walked around.

Follow in Chaucer's footsteps and discover Canterbury

East Kent's beautiful countryside awaits visitors just 15 minutes out of Canterbury's city centre. Whichever direction you take, historic villages, wide open spaces and even seascapes provide the perfect location to while away a day. There are two beautiful seaside towns in the Canterbury district; Herne Bay and Whitstable, as well as plenty to keep you busy in the city itself. The oldest cathedral in England dominates, while ancient ruins have secured Canterbury's status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Group of people road cycling

Cycling in Canterbury

With one of the longest dramatic and varied coastlines in the country, Kent has five of the best cycle routes - passing castles, ancient churches, historic houses and many splendid gardens.