Less than an hour from London, with its cobbled streets, world-famous Cathedral and hidden gems, Canterbury was once one of medieval Europe’s great places of pilgrimage.
Our Canterbury Tales
For centuries, Canterbury has been a destination from which great stories are told. Historically these tales depicted the bloody history of its cathedral, which then evolved to encompass mead-soaked tales from pioneering pilgrims. Fast forward to the present day, the eclectic mix of emerging modern narratives derive from the minds of cinematic legends and the Instagram feeds of artists and artisans.
The cultural landscape of the modern City has been shaped by numerous historic discoveries across the centuries; all of which are proudly enshrined throughout Canterbury. Romans, Kings, Saints and Queens have all made their imprint on this part of Kent and much of this influence can be appreciated fully during visits to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites located in and around the City Walls.
Couple this rich heritage with a fantastic choice of Shopping, Breweries, River Tours, Vineyards, First-Class Accommodation and Restaurants to tick every culinary box – you have the perfect opportunity to lose yourself in one of the most Iconic Cities in the Country.
Your Canterbury Tales
We invite you behind the scenes to a story. Created centuries ago, by nature, by history, by people. It’s still being written today, every day. Lived and breathed, meticulously crafted.
Now is the time to create your chapter. To be the main character. Make your story, part of our story. #OurCanterburyTales
The City For Culture And Heritage
We have three UNESCO world heritage sites, Museums, several Art Galleries, a multitude of Theatres, a Castle, an Abbey and a World renowned Cathedral. As well as the famous Canterbury Tales, the City has also produced a number of classic literary characters such as Bagpuss, Rupert the Bear, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and James Bond. We are also recognised for our cultural contributions of eight Saints, four Playwrights, one Poet Laureate and one Black Knight; accomplishments which are highly regarded and celebrated throughout the City.
The City For Exploring
Canterbury resides within Kent’s designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is home to a charming intersection of the Kentish Stour-England’s most historic River. With approximately 15 miles of surrounding Coastline, multiple Blue Flag Beaches and quaint seaside Towns only a short journey from the City Centre, visits to Canterbury have so much more to offer than just the Cityscape itself. For nature lovers, there are an abundance of trails and experiences to immerse in, including; The North Downs Way National Trail, Blean Ancient Woodlands and a number of independent Nature Reserves and Wildlife parks. These features make Canterbury’s City the perfect base to explore the nearby Coast and Countryside too!
The City For Indulgence
Canterbury has everything a keen shopper might need; from high-end designers and big brands to bespoke handmade and locally produced items. After a busy few hours of indulgence there is nothing better than unwinding with good company and refreshments of an equal standard. With so many options to choose from, it’s hard to know where your visit to Canterbury will take you! Perhaps it will be a delicious brunch on a Sun soaked terrace? A sophisticated Dinner in a Michelin recommended restaurant? Or maybe you’ll decide to simply skip the food and head straight to enjoy some live music and a specially crafted Cocktail in one of the Cities fabulous Bars?
The Pound offers many unique settings to enjoy speciality Cocktails and Local Ales; including in the 3 beautifully restored former police cells and the picturesque riverside terrace.
The Canterbury residence can be found within a 16th Century former Coach House, overlooking the City's Medieval fortress walls.
The building has recently undergone extensive renovations which have established a harmonic balance between modern sophistication and the preservation of historical character.
With the venue so close to Canterbury Cathedral and other top attractions such as the Roman Museum, it’s the ideal place to relax and unwind with some refreshments after a busy day of exploring!
The diverse range of modern cuisine on offer at Cafe Soleil has Mediterranean influences at heart and many dishes are cooked within the on site wood burning oven. By offering up an ever changing seasonal menu-There's set to be something for everyone!
The chandelier-lit tea room is the perfect place to while away the afternoon. Tiny Tim's highly popular afternoon tea is served all day, comprising sweet and savoury delights; including finger sandwiches, as well as freshly baked scones and a choice of tea or coffee from their extensive range.
Items are also available to purchase and enjoy in your own home.
You’ll find a veg stall, a butchery and the only independent fishmonger in Canterbury. Our stalls are bursting with artisanal British cheeses, breads baked on-site, fresh pasta, charcuterie and speciality ingredients. We sell fine wines from independent importers and offer the largest number of British bottled beers in the South East of England.
The central location of the Hampton By Hilton also means the Marlowe Theatre and Whitefriars shopping mall are both also within a half-mile.
The stylish Hotel is currently the only residence in Canterbury which is able to offer skyline city centre views from it's new rooftop restaurant- A treat not to be missed!
All accommodation on site is both modern and comfortable, with the majority of rooms even offering stunning Cathedral views.
Undoubtedly one of the most uniquely located of all Canterbury hotels, at the Cathedral gate you are only steps away from the hustle and bustle of the vibrant City Centre itself.
Situated in the historic village of Wingham, just outside Canterbury; The Hotel gives guests the opportunity to relax away from the Buzz of the City Centre and enjoy a great selection of Food and Wine in serene settings.
The restaurant at the Dog is critically acclaimed and has won numerous awards such as; AA Rosette for culinary excellence and also the title of 'Best for Food' at the Great British Pub Awards. A culinary experience here is one not to be missed!
As well as offering traditionally sympathetic accommodation in the magnificent Grade 1 listed mansion house itself, the resort also gives guests the opportunity to book their very own Woodland Lodges. The lodges are located in a secluded woodland area and are easily accessible, modern and spacious-perfect for group stays!
During visits to Broome, guests can enjoy a relaxing few hours at the on site Spa or indulge in a delicious Afternoon Tea.
Those with a love of the outdoors have the opportunity to take on the 18 hole Parkland championship golf course.
Traditionally a great many city centre properties in Canterbury had what was known as a “backhouse” where much of the work of the household was carried on.
Ours is one of the few that survive and has been revamped into a chic place to stay.
The city's spectacular Norman cathedral can be reached in less than 10 minutes on foot.
The extensive entertainment programme of the venue includes the best in drama, west-end musicals, pantomime, dance, comedy, music and opera.
Companies that regularly perform in The Theatre include the National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company, Glyndebourne Touring Opera, Northern Ballet, Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures and the Philharmonia Orchestra.
Take some time to explore the tranquil ruins and discover the rebirth of Christianity in Kent after the departure of the Romans.
The Abbey is also the perfect place to walk your dog, or enjoy a family picnic away from the 'buzz' of the City Centre itself.
Canoe Wild offer visitors the opportunity and hire a range of Canoe's, Kayaks or Paddleboards to enjoy a unique adventure with Family or Friends.
With experienced instructors on hand to guide and support, a trip to Canoe Wild is suitable for all ages and abilities!
Over 16 Ales, Lagers & Ciders are available for tasting, all of which are handcrafted in front of visitors on site.
The journey also takes you through the conifer-dominated woodland of Clowes Wood, one of the best places in the country to hear the remarkable song of the nightjar.
Once in Whitstable, seafood is high on the agenda and places to consider include the Whitstable Oyster Fishery Company, East Quay Shellfish Bar, Wheelers’ Oyster Bar, Birdies Eating House and the Crab and Winkle restaurant.
Whitstable’s vibrant contemporary arts scene has led to the growth of colourful craft shops in the town. The Whitstable Museum and Gallery has permanent and touring exhibitions, many reflecting the town’s seafaring traditions.
Packed full of atmosphere and intrigue, it is the perfect setting for your escape room adventure
As you journey back downstream, you pass by sites such as the sixteenth century Old Weavers’ House as well as our replica ducking stool, an infamous part of England’s long and turbulent history.
Past the Marlowe Theatre, the newest addition to Canterbury’s skyline, you are treated to such views as the old Blackfriars’ Monastery, now a proud extension to the prestigious King’s School, which connects onto the scenic and quiet Solly’s Orchard.