Top attractions in Canterbury
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!
1. 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.
2. Canterbury Cathedral
The Canterbury Cathedral is a historically important pilgrimage. In fact, the cathedral is one of the oldest and most important Christian structures.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
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 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.
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- 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.
Other Sightseeing Options in Canterbury
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What people are saying about Canterbury
Small group of 19 so cramped in a small bus. Lil box lunch was a small sandwich water chips and a granola cookie. Leeds castle was ok nothing extravagant. Canterbury Cathedral ok. I say skip the church and walk around the town do some shopping i guess. Dover was a quick 10 mins. Take your pictures and on to the next stop. The thame river cruise is cool you can stop wherever you want along the river and do some exploring. Is it worth it yea beats staying inside the city.
Amazing and wonderful! Our driver Ken and guide Giovanna were the best! Giovanna had answers for every question and when she didn’t, she researched during the drive and found the information. Just amazing!
The tour guide was amazing! As when we went to the white cliffs I slipped and got all muddy, but she took the time to make sure I got all cleared up and proper. Overall I was very happy with my trip!
Not enough time at Canterbury Cathedral. Thought it was guided tour but it was not so no reason to not give us the tickets so we could spend as much time as we wanted inside the cathedral
The tour was very informative, however sometimes it felt that we were running short of time. The fact that the guide had to give information in two languages probably influenced this.