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the guide Canterbury, Whitstable and Herne Bay

Welcome “Canterbury’s past is as rich as it comes” says the latest Lonely Planet guide to Britain. This worldfamous cathedral city was one of medieval Europe’s great places of pilgrimage and knowledge. Today with its international visitors and four universities - it still has a distinctly cosmopolitan feel. Less than an hour from London and only 20 minutes from the coastal towns of Herne Bay and Whitstable, it’s that corner of England that’s almost touching France.



History & Heritage


Arts & Culture


Food & Drink


Outdoor Adventure


Family Fun




Accommodation ratings


Canterbury map


Canterbury accommodation


Coastal accommodation


Rural and further afield accommodation


Learning & Workshops


East Kent map


Whitstable map


Herne Bay map


How to Get Here


People come to the district from across the globe for world-class heritage, for culture and festivals, to visit and to study, to shop, eat and hang out. The extraordinary cathedral dominates the medieval streets within the city walls. Among the listed buildings, a boldly modern theatre (named after the city’s famous son Christopher Marlowe) has been built on the river bank, and an art museum has been restored and doubled in size. To the south is St. Augustine’s Abbey, part of the World Heritage Site, and England’s first seat of learning.

You may be in a city, but you get a strong sense of being in the Garden of England, too. There are riverside gardens and even a cider-making orchard within the city itself. Then there’s all the local produce in cafés, pubs and restaurants: Romney Marsh lamb, Kent cherries, ale from local hops, awardwinning fizz from Kentish vineyards. To the north of the city is one of England’s largest ancient woodlands, the Blean, and, less than a 7-mile cycle away at Canterbury’s coast, there’s the seaside town of Whitstable, for England’s finest oysters.

There’s something warm and mellow about this intimate European city. Crowds throng around the entrance to the cathedral and the busy high street. Thousands of students add to the vibe. It’s lively and fun. But it’s also remarkably easy – in a moment – to step off the beaten track into some quiet oasis where you’ll hear nothing but birdsong and the splash of oars on the narrow, gently flowing River Stour.

Enjoy the coastal scene by travelling just 20 minutes to Whitstable or Herne Bay, where you will find everything you need from independent shops to purchase those quirky items, try the local produce from the huts on the pier and be amazed at the historic Clock Tower. Both Whitstable and Herne Bay host some of the best sunsets in the county and are known to hold many events to satisfy all ages.

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Pilgrims have flocked to Canterbury ever since the martyrdom of Archbishop Thomas Becket in 1170, and across the centuries this pilgrimage has continued, as people from far and wide fill ancient thoroughfares in their search for inspiration. Over the centuries the district has had many guises; from being an important agricultural and fishing hub in the Roman period to recognition as one of the most important sites for the worldwide Anglican Communion. Each of these parts of the historical tapestry of Canterbury, Whitstable and Herne Bay are celebrated through a plethora of museums, galleries and lovingly maintained historical sites of interest, all of which seamlessly blend into the district’s vibrant, cosmopolitan feel.




Unearth the story of Canterbury from millions of years ago to the present, with one of England’s finest surviving medieval buildings at Canterbury Heritage Museum.



Canterbury Cathedral

The Precincts, CT1 2EH, Tel: 01227 762 862 Canterbury Cathedral has a tradition of visitor welcome that reaches back to the days of medieval pilgrimage. Founded in AD597, it is the Mother Church of the worldwide Anglican Commmunion and sire of Archbishop Thomas Becket’s martyrdom. The cathedral houses a Romanesque Crypt, 12th century Quire and 14th century Nave. Stunning medieval stained glass windows depict miracles and royal connections. Facilities range from guided tours to first class accommodation and group hospitality. Admission charge

St. Augustine’s Abbey Longport, CT1 1PF Tel: 01227 767 345 This great abbey was founded shortly after AD597 by St. Augustine and marked the rebirth of Christianity in southern England. Situated outside of the city walls, it was originally created as a burial place for the Anglo-Saxon kings of Kent. At the impressive abbey you can also enjoy the museum and free audio tour. The museum contains artefacts and stone carvings found at the abbey during excavations. There is a wide range of objects covering many centuries, including a skeleton and the costumes worn by actor splaying King Ethelbert and Queen Bertha of Kent in a celebration of St. Augustine’s arrival. Admission charge.

St. Martin’s Church North Holmes Road, CT1 1PW St Martin’s was the private chapel of Queen Bertha of Kent in the 6th century before Augustine arrived from Rome. Shortly before 1844, a hoard of gold coins which may date from the late 6th century was found in the churchyard, one of which is the Liudhard medalet, which bears an image of a diademed figure with a legend referring to Liudhard. The churchyard contains the graves of many notable local families and well known people including Thomas Sidney Cooper, RA (artist) and Mary Tourtel, the creator of Rupert Bear. Free admission. Restricted opening times

The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge 18 High Street, CT1 2RA Tel: 01227 862 162 The Beaney is an Art Gallery, Museum & Library situated in the heart of the historic city of Canterbury. This stunning Victorian building includes: state of the art exhibition galleries, library, excellent learning facilities, a varied programme of events and activities for all ages and also home to Canterbury’s Visitor Information Centre and a café. A treasure chest of permanent collections, stories, ideas, creativity and learning means there is always something to discover. Themed galleries provide a stunning visual experience, with displays ranging from Explorers and Collectors treasures to Old Master paintings and local portraits. Temporary exhibitions are a highlight alongside a varied programme of events for all ages. Free admission. Visitors are kindly asked to make a ‘Pay What You Can’ donation for all temporary exhibitions.

The Canterbury Tales


St. Margaret’s Street, CT1 2TG Tel: 01227 479 227 A visit to Canterbury is not complete without experiencing Chaucer’s famous tales at one of the city’s most loved visitor attractions. Step inside Chaucer’s world and experience the sights, sounds and smells of a bygone era. Led by one of our character guides, accompany Chaucer, England’s finest poet, and his merry band of pilgrims on their journey from London to the shrine of St. Thomas Becket. Along the way, their stories of love, romance, jealously and trickery are dramatically bought to life. Admission charge.

Canterbury Heritage Museum

Stour Street, CT1 2NR Tel: 01227 475 202 Canterbury’s history, from millions of years ago to the present, is explored through interactive displays in an amazing medieval building. These include Anglo-Saxon treasures; Oliver Postgate’s story of Thomas Becket; the Tudors; Joseph Conrad’s study; Stephenson’s Invicta railway engine; and the real Bagpuss, Clangers and Pogles. Rupert Bear’s creator, Mary Tourtel, was born in Canterbury and you can see how Rupert changes over the years, and follow his adventures. Admission charge. Seasonal opening times, see website for full details.

Canterbury Roman Museum

Butchery Lane, CT1 2JR Tel: 01227 785 575 Canterbury Roman Museum provides a fascinating and family friendly insight into Roman Canterbury. Built around the remains of an original Roman town house with mosaics and under-floor heating, the museum includes significant Roman finds and a timeline which tracks the journey back in time from present day Canterbury to the original Roman street level. See how the Roman town was built, stroll through the marketplace, handle replica dishes in the recreated Roman dining room, and discover amazing objects including a rare Iron Age Soldier’s Helmet and a hoard of hidden treasure. Admission charge

Canterbury Historic River Tours*

King’s Bridge, High Street, CT1 2AT Tel: 07790 524 744 This multi-award winning tour provides a truly entertaining experience and is perfect for visitors of all ages. Starting from the King’s Bridge, by the Old Weavers’ House, discover Canterbury from the unique perspective of the River Stour. Sit back and relax with the enjoyable historic commentary and discover some of Canterbury’s finest and most important architecture. Admission charge.

Canterbury Punting Company*

Water Lane, CT1 2NQ Tel: 07786 332 666 Escape the busy pavements and lay back on cushions as you meander down the river and see the city as you never could on foot. Listen to historic Canterbury’s rich and fascinating story as you sip champagne and view medieval buildings, enjoying the peace and tranquillity of one of Canterbury’s most popular visitor attractions. Why not also try one of our haunted river tours, or a romantic river tour for two? Admission charge.

Westgate Punts*

Westgate Grove, CT2 8AA Tel: 07816 760 869 Enjoy a relaxing river punt trip with cheerful, qualified boatmen. Punts seat up to six people and depart from Westgate Bridge. Meander through tranquil gardens and countryside with an abundance of wildlife. Historic city trips are also available allowing you to discover Canterbury’s history and changing skyline. Alternatively book a sweetheart boat for a memorable romantic river trip. Admission charge.

*Tours normally operate from March to end October dependent on river conditions

St. Peters Street, Canterbury, Kent,CT1 2BQ Tel: 01227 458 629 The Tower is a scheduled ancient monument and Grade I listed. Visitors can explore its rich history and take in the spectacular views of the city from the battlements viewpoint. Another part of the museum are the original felons’ cells built c1830 in the goal extension and the c1907 police station cells on the ground floor as part of The Pound Bar & Kitchen. Admission charge.

The Kent Museum of Freemasonry

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St. Peter’s Place, CT1 2DA Tel: 01227 785 625 Open to all, one of the UK’s finest collections of Masonic artefacts takes you and your family on a surprising and informative, interactive journey through the history of Freemasonry in Kent and beyond, dispelling many myths along the way. The extensive and accessible displays of regalia, ephemera, antiquities and books of national and international importance in this Arts Council Accredited Museum cover all Masonic orders through the ages. Free admission.

Castle Street, CT1 2PR Tel: 01227 862 162 The ruins of this Norman castle keep and castle walls are amongst the most ancient in Britain. Begun by William the Conqueror around 1070, it is one of the three original royal castle in Kent. Today the roofless shell is surrounded by a quiet garden; inside you can climb partly way up one of the towers and there are interpretation panels, a tactile model of the castle (circa 1200) and elevated viewing areas. Free admission.

Canterbury Guided Tours

12 William Street, CT6 5EJ Tel: 01227 367 368 Victorian businessmen created Herne Bay as a seaside resort, and the museum celebrates this with Punch & Judy, souvenirs, photos and memories. You can also see a prototype Dambuster Bouncing Bomb (tested by Barnes Wallis nearby); finds from nearby Reculver Roman fort; tusks and fossils from local beaches; coastal bird displays; and the 1953 Flood in iconic images. Visit the art gallery to see one of the special exhibitions. Admission charge. Seasonal opening times.

Christchurch Gate, The Precincts, CT1 2EE Tel: 01227 458 779 Enjoy the only tour to combine a fascinating 90-minute guided walk through historic streets and the precincts of the world-famous Cathedral. Regular tours depart daily from the Buttermarket conducted by knowledgeable, entertaining Blue badge or City Green Badge Guides who can respond to your questions and specific interests. Tickets are available from Canterbury Visitor Information at the Beaney, the Roman Museum or online; no pre-booking required. Pre-booked group tours at discounted rates are available all year in nine languages. Admission charge.

Canterbury Ghost Tours

38 St. Margaret’s Street, CT1 2TY Tel: 08455 190 267 An entertaining blend of history, humour and haunting amongst the old city. As the shadows gather, meet the ghost hunter for a 75-minute tour of the spooky side of Canterbury. Discover its lingering charm by night, safe in the knowledge that no harm will come to you if you walk with him. Admission charge.

Greyfriars Chapel

Adjacent to 6 Stour Street, CT1 2NR Tel: 01227 471 688 Greyfriars is a 13th century building set in a small garden area and spanning the River Stour. It is the oldest Franciscan building in Britain and is the sole remains of the Greyfriars Friary, the chapel and house of the first Friars settled in Canterbury, during the lifetime of St. Francis of Assisi. The friary was disbanded by Henry VIII in 1538. Free admission. Restricted opening times

Eastbridge Hospital

25 High Street, CT1 2BD Tel: 01227 471 688 Eastbridge Hospital was founded following the murder of St. Thomas Becket to provide accommodation for poor pilgrims visiting his tomb. This hospital with undercroft, two chapels and refectory also includes the early 13th century painting of Christ in Glory. Admission charge.

The Seaside Museum, Herne Bay

Herne Bay Pier Herne Bay has a long history as a traditional seaside town and the seashore and gardens along the front are still as beautiful as they were a hundred years ago. After recent renovations, the pier has become an attractive venue with an intriguing mix of retail huts, craftsmanship and entertainment. Free admission.

Herne Bay Clock Tower Information Centre This centre promotes the heritage value of the Clock Tower and in the wider sense, Herne Bay. Exhibitions about this historical monument and its history including peoples’ own memories; and the stories of those named on the memorial plaque from the Boer War. Free admission.

Whitstable Museum & Gallery

Oxford Street, CT5 1DB Tel: 01227 276 998 Discover the unique seafaring history of Whitstable, famous for its oysters, pioneer diving, and celebrity residents. The museum is set in a delightful building dating back to the 1700s, and is packed with art, images, film and iconic objects: from a diver’s helmet and knife, to memorabilia form film star resident Peter Cushing. Activities are available for families, and the gallery hosts a changing programme of national touring exhibitions and the cream of local and regional art. Admission charge. Seasonal opening times.

Whitstable Castle & Gardens

Tower Hill, CT5 2BW Tel: 01227 281 726 Dating back to the 1790s, Whitstable Castle and Gardens has been home to local merchants and dignitaries, remaining a landmark attraction throughout its history. The stunning gardens overlooking Whitstable Bay have received a Green Flag Award and other highlights include a homemade menu available in the Orangery Tea Room, castle roof garden and pirate-themed area for children. With free entry, this folly is a ‘must see’ attraction for everyone visiting the town and an ideal venue to host group and family events and weddings. Please call before your visit to confirm access is available to castle and gardens. Free admission.




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One of Canterbury’s finest features is the tranquil River Stour, calmly wending its way through its historic centre. On the banks of the river, one can find a small company that exemplifies the passion and enthusiasm that sets Canterbury apart as a destination. Canterbury Historic River Tours offer historic guided tours of Canterbury from the unique perspective of the river, combining an enjoyable light hearted commentary with outstanding views of natural scenery. The 2016 season has once again seen them recognised through the awards and accolades they have earned. This year the Company became a finalist in the national Visit England Awards for Excellence 2016, in which they placed in the top five tourism experiences in the country. This is a particular achievement considering the small size of the business; they were indeed the minnows of the competition, up against some true giants of the travel trade! Most impressively, at the end of the 2016 Season the company was

announced winner of Luxury Travel Guides’ European Awards 2017, where they were announced to be Europe’s ‘Unique Tour Operator of the Year’. European acclaim is certainly an incredible achievement for such a small business. It is a feather in the cap of Canterbury’s visitor offer on an international scale, considering that we sit at the gateway to Europe and our city is the first port of call for many visitors from the continent. Businesses like Canterbury Historic River Tours set the ‘Canterbury Standard’ that the city upholds in all areas, from the quality of its attractions to the beauty of its scenery, the uniqueness of its culture to the quality of local food and drink.

Truly, Canterbury has it all!

Each October the Festival transforms Canterbury, offering visitors the opportunity to enjoy a wealth of theatre, music, comedy, circus, cabaret, art, sculpture, walks and talks. It’s a unique time to explore the City with entertainment hidden down medieval alleyways and cultural landmarks brimming with activities for the whole family. The 2016 Festival saw internationally acclaimed artists come to Kent to perform a wide range of shows. The King’s Mile became the home to a series of artist portraits, the Cathedral’s Chapter House was alight with 200 bulbs as part of an international exhibition from Bernardi Roig and a roaming 1920’s vintage

dance hall housing circus, dance, cabaret, comedy and plenty of music landed in the city centre. While the original Canterbury Festival was created in 1929 within the confines of the Cathedral walls, it now encompasses the entire city including performances at the Marlowe Theatre, Colyer-Fergusson Hall, King’s School, the Westgate Tower and a variety of local churches.

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Whether you want to visit a museum or six, see some fantastic local artwork in one of our many galleries or enjoy the critically acclaimed Canterbury Festival, there is something to suit everyone’s taste. Canterbury’s connection to the arts spans back centuries. Roman Canterbury reportedly featured one of the largest amphitheatres in northern Europe and ever since, performance arts have been part of the fabric of the district. One of the city’s most famous sons, Christopher Marlowe, was born in Canterbury in 1564 and Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales continue to provide the backbone to the district’s heritage. Famous actors such as Peter Cushing have close links to Whitstable, and Herne Bay’s ‘famous faces’ wall along the seafront demonstrates the close connection to the arts and galleries open to the public.

The Canterbury district’s stunning landscape has inspired numerous artists over the centuries – from the rolling hills of the North Downs to the iconic landmarks of Canterbury’s historic city centre.







Attractions The Gulbenkian

University of Kent, Canterbury, CT2 7NB Tel: 01227 769 075 The Gulbenkian houses a 340 seat theatre, 300 seat cinema and a vibrant café serving local produce. It presents high quality, innovative theatre, hilarious stand-up comedy, fun-filled family shows and breathtaking dance and music events. The cinema screen: blockbusters, independent and foreign films as well as live broadcasts from the National Theatre and the Royal Opera House throughout the year.


Westgate Hall Road, Canterbury, CT1 2BT Tel: 0330 500 1331 Curzon brings to Canterbury its renowned programme of independent films from all over the world, as well as a range of exciting events including live opera, ballet, theatre and art broadcasts. The cinema has three screens with state of the art digital technology and a total capacity of over two hundred reclining seats, as well as a café and well-stocked bar. We also run seasons of classics, curated picks and a Kids Club. The screens are available for private hire.

Canterbury is proud to have been accredited with a Purple Flag for Night Time Economy, recognising excellence in the management of the city centre at night. Just as Blue Flag is an indicator of a good beach, Purple Flag is the indicator of where to go for a good night out!

The Marlowe Theatre

The Friars, Canterbury, CT1 2AS Tel: 01227 787 787 This astonishing theatre brings you the best of everything. From touring West End musicals to world-class opera and critically acclaimed drama, to the best stand-up comics in the country. The Marlowe Theatre has something for everyone. As well as a 1,200 seat main auditorium, the 150 seat Marlowe Studio offers experiences that will entertain and inspire, with a range of comedy nights, music gigs and appearances from the world’s most innovative theatre companies.

The King’s Hall

Beacon Hill, Herne Bay, CT6 6BA Tel: 01227 374 188 The King’s Hall hosts an extensive range of events and shows throughout the year; there’s something for everyone. There is also a community arts gallery which hosts a wide range of displays throughout the year and a café providing refreshments and light snacks. The King’s Hall is of architectural interest with its original Edwardian features and idyllic seafront views.

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Beach Creative

Beach House, Beach Street House, Herne Bay, CT6 5PT Tel: 0300 111 1913 Since its foundation in July 2012, Beach Creative has made a dramatic and important contribution to creative life in Herne Bay providing a hub that includes studios, galleries, meeting rooms, and workshop space. It is a convenient and convivial place for professionals and local groups to work, meet, sit, study, educate, share and network in our rooms or our friendly coffee bar.

The Horsebridge Centre

11 Horsebridge Road, Whitstable, CT5 1AF Tel: 01227 281 174 Situated in the historic heart of Whitstable, there is something for everyone. The award-winning building has three floors under a striking copper domed roof and contains three art galleries, a function room, performance space, café, learning centre and a variety of meeting rooms and workshop space, many with spectacular views.

Playhouse Theatre

104 High Street, Whitstable, CT5 1AZ Tel: 01227 272 042 As well as being the home of the Lindley Players, the Playhouse Theatre offers all types of live entertainment. With 182 seats and set in an authentic theatre environment, it is well equipped with state-of-theart technical equipment. The box office is open from 10am to 12pm Monday to Saturday and tickets are also available online.

Sidney Cooper Gallery

22-23 St. Peter’s Street, Canterbury, CT1 2BQ Tel: 01227 453 267 The Sidney Cooper Gallery is a contemporary arts space located on the main street in Canterbury within walking distance of the city’s train stations and bus station. The programme is made up of a dynamic mix of exhibitions and events, showcasing works by international artists and graduating students from Canterbury Christ Church University.

Conquest House Gallery

17 Palace Street, Canterbury, CT1 2DZ Tel: 01227 472 953 This medieval venue is one of the oldest buildings in Canterbury. Famous for its 1066 Undercroft and its historical association with St Thomas Beckett and the four knights, it also features a 17th century royal mural and carvings. The gallery exhibits works by both local and international artists, representing classical to contemporary works. But Conquest House Gallery is more than just a gallery – resident artist Kathryn Rennie runs regular life drawing classes and painting workshops, and the Undercroft is a venue for medieval banquets, medieval and artisan craft fairs, board game evenings and other folk, jazz and cabaret style events. It is also available for private hire.


After exploring the Canterbury district during the day when evening sets in, this doesn’t mean the city and towns will be going to sleep! They come alive with theatregoers, film buffs, foodies and those enjoying a relaxing drink in one of the district’s many pubs and bars. Take a trip to the theatre and enjoy a pre-theatre meal beforehand or why not see the latest films at one of the district’s cinemas?

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Situated in the heart of ‘the Garden of England’, the Canterbury district boasts some of the finest local produce in the country, represented in regular farmers markets and annual food festivals. The city of Canterbury has an eclectic mixture of bars and restaurants that can suit even the most acquired tastes. Amongst traditional pubs serving hearty British meals, speciality restaurants offering dishes from around the world can be found across the city centre. The perfect blend of farmers’ market and restaurant can be found at The Goods Shed, who use the fantastic produce on sale at their farmers market to create their own dishes at their on-site restaurant. Dine inside an authentic Victorian police cell at The Pound or enjoy quintessentially British tea and cakes at Tiny Tim’s Tearoom as well as a host of other pubs, bars and restaurants offering an impressive variety of food and drink to suit any price range.

at least the Roman period; and some Roman period oyster shells found in the city of Rome have even been traced back to Whitstable! Today Whitstable hosts an annual Oyster Festival that celebrates the town’s most famous foodstuff. Whitstable is also a foodie’s paradise with many restaurants and brasseries offering top quality food all year round. A stone’s throw along the coast takes you to Herne Bay; a popular Victorian getaway that is famous for its traditional seaside feel and fish and chips. The town centre is packed with independent bistros and café’s adding charm to the district. The countryside delivering an exciting array of proud village pubs and restaurants all serving up local favourites in their picturesque rural setting.

A short journey to Whitstable takes you to the district’s home of fresh seafood and world famous oysters. Oysters have been farmed off the coast of Whitstable from

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As well as boasting a proud food heritage, the Canterbury district is also a great place to enjoy a meal out.


The Lady Luck

18 St Peters, Canterbury, CT1 2BG Tel: 01227 763 298 Rock and roll pub in the heart of Canterbury. We stock a wide range of ales & cider. Our homemade food is made using local butchers and the Cheesemakers of Canterbury. Gourmet burgers, baguettes, pies, home baked ham and pub favourites. Vegetarian, Vegan and children’s meals available. English Pub.

Chapman’s Seafood Restaurant

89-90 St. Dunstan’s Street, Canterbury. CT2 8AD Tel: 01227 780 749 Fresh seafood from an independent, friendly local restaurant. We offer the freshest fish caught locally alongside locally sourced ingredients. Value lunch menu available every lunch time. Seafood

Gulbenkian Café

University of Kent, Canterbury, CT2 7NB Tel: 01227 769 075 A vibrant café serving a delicious range of meals and light bites, the Gulbenkian Café is the best place on campus for great coffee plus Becks Vier, Budweiser and Stella Artois on tap. Café

The Green Room



The Marlowe Theatre, The Friars, Canterbury CT1 2AS Tel: 01227 862 485 We serve freshly cooked food using the best of local ingredients. Cosy and informal, The Green Room is the perfect place to relax for a daytime coffee or snack. We offer a special pre-show menu and are open throughout the day and evening. In the summer you can eat and drink alfresco on The Sunley Terrace overlooking the picturesque River Stour. Coffee

The Moat Tea Rooms

67 Burgate, Canterbury CT1 2HJ Tel: 01227 784 514 Traditional English tea rooms located in a 16th century building. Serving breakfast, light lunches and afternoon tea, with over 30 varieties of leaf tea to choose from and delicious home-made cakes. English

Oscar & Bentleys

10 Guidhall Street, Canterbury CT1 2JQ Tel: 01227 454 544 Situated in the heart of Canterbury in a beautiful historic building with stained glass windows, this restaurant is 100% gluten free and is Coeliac UK accredited. All ingredients are from local suppliers and producers and the cakes and bread are baked on site daily. Special event cakes are available to order as well.

The Pound Bar & Kitchen

1 Pound Lane, Canterbury, CT1 2BZ Tel: 01227 458 629 The Pound is set within the former city gaol, gaoler’s house and police station, making use of atmospheric and beautiful original features to create a special destination to enjoy delicious food and cocktails during the day and late into the evening. Canterbury’s premier bar.



17 Sun Street, Canterbury, CT1 2HX Tel: 01227 470 011 Canteen serves freshly made-to-order flatbreads, baguettes, salads and homemade specials to eat in or take away. Drinks include teas, coffees, smoothies and freshly pressed juices. Top hygiene rating, friendly service and three floors of seating in an historical building overlooking the Cathedral.

Café des Amis

95 St. Dunstan’s St, Canterbury CT2 8AA Tel: 01227 464390 Café des Amis is all about sharing good food with friends, enjoying the warm friendly atmosphere and service surrounded by the vibrant décor and great Latin music. We have created a menu that draws not only on the exotic and earthy flavours of ancient Mexico but also the fresh and healthy ingredients associated with its rich Mediterranean heritage. Mexican

The Veg Box Café

17b Burgate, Canterbury, CT1 2HG. Tel: 01227 456 654 A vegetarian/vegan café serving home cooked food using organic local vegetables and situated just off the high street. Quality homemade cakes, organic teas and coffees are available in a chilled out child friendly atmosphere.

Victoria Hotel / Restaurant

59 London Road, Canterbury, CT2 8JY Tel: 01227 459 333 The restaurant provides a peaceful setting where you can enjoy our wonderful carvery or full menu including various types of steaks and home cooked dishes.

Tiny Tim’s Tearoom

34 St Margaret’s Street, Canterbury, CT1 2TG Tel: 01227 450 793 A quintessential English experience in the heart of Canterbury. Specialities include afternoon tea, Huffkins and Puffkins and traditional English scones and cakes. English.

Corner House Canterbury

1 Dover Street, Canterbury, CT1 3HD Tel: 01227 780 793 We believe in serving quality British food in relaxed surroundings. Our menu changes frequently, depending on seasonal availability of ingredients and all dishes are made from scratch. Situated in the beautiful 16th Century Coach House, the decor reflects the heritage of the building while creating a relaxed environment. British, homemade food, local lager & bitter on draught, outside garden with seating.

Café du Soleil

4-5 Pound Lane, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2BZ Tel: 01227 479 999 Café Du Soleil is situated beside the river Stour in Canterbury in the historic former 18th century Wool Store. The Restaurant is accessed by its own bridge by the river, and we also have a beautiful riverside terrace available for al-fresco dining. The building was restored with a grant from English Heritage and it now showcases the extensive use of reclaimed building material from the 14th century city wall.

Kent is famous for its hops; a key ingredient in the brewing process. Oast Houses are dotted around the district – purpose built stores to dry freshly picked hops – you will spot them by their pointed white ‘cowls’ to let air escape. Micro-breweries and traditional British pubs serving local ale and beer can be found anywhere in the district – each one with its own individual feel. The Cricketers

14 St.Peter’s Lane, Canterbury, CT1 2BQ Tel: 01227 464 227 Serving home-made food using top quality ingredients from local suppliers. Tapas menus also available in the evenings and Sunday roast every Sunday between noon and 3pm. Traditional English Pub

The Duke William Pub & Restaurant

The Street, Ickham nr. Canterbury, CT3 1QP Tel: 01227 721 308 A traditional British pub set in the heart of the beautiful Kent countryside. Owned by Mark Sargeant, ex right hand man to Gordon Ramsey, The Duke offers pub and bar menus created using the best local and seasonal produce the surrounding countryside and coast has to offer.

Old Coach & Horses

Church Hill, Harbledown, Canterbury, CT2 9AB Tel: 01227 766 609 British Gastro pub in the beautiful village of Harbledown. Serving a large selection of well kept beers and ales, lagers and fine wines as well as good, freshly prepared food from local suppliers. We have a bar area, downstairs and upstairs restaurants and private function room. Traditional English Pub

The Monument

37 St Dunstan’s Street, Canterbury, CT2 8BZ Tel: 01227 456 665 Recently refurbished 19th Century Shepherd Neame pub, that offers traditional home cooked food as well as tapas. We have an extensive cocktail menu with over 40 cocktails. We also have a large garden at the rear with a sun kissed decking area.

The Foundry Brew Pub

White Horse Lane, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2RU Tel: 01227 458 599 Restaurant & traditional microbrewery situated in part of an old foundry in the heart of the city. Brewery on display behind a glass wall will provide a range of modern fresh cask conditioned ales, available to try in the restaurant, which has a varied menu available to compliment the range of ales and local ciders available. Menu to feature a range of traditional pies, platters to share, burgers, steak and chicken, local cheeses, patés - ribs. All prepared and cooked on the premises.

The City Arms Inn

7 Butchery Lane, Canterbury, CT1 2JR Tel: 01227 458 081 The City Arms is a 15th century Pub situated in the heart of the City where you will be guaranteed a warm welcome. The City Arms is renowned for its range of Craft Beers from around the world and traditional ales from Canterbury Brewers along with a great selection of local Ciders and Artisan spirits. Traditional Pub food is available seven days a week from midday till 5pm. Roasts served on Sunday



Outdoor adventure

What better way than to make a break of it visiting the countryside, coast and city that make up the whole of the district. There are so many activities in the Canterbury district for you to participate in such as adrenaline-pumping watersports on the coast or a round of golf on one of the high quality courses. If you would rather be a spectator, Canterbury is home to the Kent Cricket Ground where you can enjoy top notch local and international events. For a more leisurely treat enjoy a personalised, chauffer driven sightseeing tour. Take to the water with a boat trip or go canoeing on the River Stour where you can enjoy the hidden areas of this historic city. Alternatively you can sail on an historic sailing barge on the coastal waters of Whitstable and Herne Bay. The Canterbury district has a number of very popular off-road green walking and cycling routes. These include the labyrinth of riverside routes within the centre of Canterbury, the Crab and Winkle route linking Canterbury to Whitstable, the Great Stour Way between Canterbury and Chartham and the coastal Oyster Bay Trail which connects Reculver to Whitstable. Travel for 15 minutes in any direction from Canterbury’s city centre and you’ll find yourself in the heart of East Kent’s countryside, complete with its historic villages, secret places, wild open spaces and seascapes. There’s too much to see and do in just one day - what better way then than to make a break of it - visiting the countryside, coast and city that make up the whole of Canterbury.



Much of the countryside around Canterbury is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. On the eastern side of Herne Bay you will discover Reculver Towers, the site of a Roman Fort built to guard the Wantsum Channel that once divided Thanet from the rest of Kent. The contrast of the nearby rugged countryside and open seascape makes for a bracing walk along the sea defence wall that’s certain to blow the cobwebs away.


Canoe Wild


Fordwich Tel: 01227 469 219 Explore Kent’s amazing and tranquil rivers with Canoe Wild. Hire a Canadian style open canoe and experience stunning scenery, get close to wildlife and feel the benefits of canoeing as a gentle outdoor activity. We provide all you need for your canoe trip for an hour paddle, half day or a full day’s outing including a free shuttle service for a one-way easy canoe downstream. Families and toddlers welcome. Our BCU approved centre caters for group bookings and parties for adults and children. Guided trips available or join a course and gain a British Canoe Union star award.

Kent Cycle Hire

What better way than to make a break of it visiting the countryside, coast and city that make up the whole of Canterbury.

House of Agnes, 71 St Dunstans Street, Canterbury CT2 8BN Tel: 01227 388 058 Daily or weekly hire of bicycles, tandems, tagalongs and child-trailers for recreational cyclists, families, tourists and student groups. This is an ideal way of exploring the historic city of Canterbury or taking a trip to the coast or into the countryside. Maps provided and one way hire available between Canterbury, Whitstable and Herne Bay. Pre-booking essential.

Paintballing Canterbury


Polar Helicopters

Tel: 01843 823 067 Get a birds-eye view of Canterbury Cathedral and the breathtaking views of the countryside and coastline. Polar Helicopters offers you the opportunity of flying where you want to go and you can even take control of flying the helicopter. Open seven days a week all year, we are based at Kent International Airport in Ramsgate, approximately 24km from Canterbury.

Tours of the Realm

Druidstone Park


Honey Hill, Blean, CT2 9JR Tel: 01227 765 168 Set in attractive gardens and woodland, Druidstone caters for the imagination of all ages. Go on a walk through the enchanted bluebell woodland and enjoy hands-on experience with the deer, alpaca and many farmyard animals. Play areas, undercover picnic spots, a café and gift shop all make for a great visit.

Old Dover Road, CT1 3NZ Tel: 01227 456 886 Few clubs can claim the heritage that Kent can. Official histories register a Kent team playing in 1705, with the first recognised county game being between Kent and Sussex in 1728 – Kent won! Kent teams now play in the national competition in the three different forms of the game. To check out if a match is on during your stay in Canterbury, simply visit the club’s website. Kent Cricket also offers groups the opportunity to experience cricket - the English game. For more details email or tel: 01227 473 618.

Howletts Wild Animal Park

Bekesbourne, Nr Canterbury, CT4 5EL Tel: 0844 842 4647 Consistently a favourite with TripAdvisor reviewers - Kent’s most successful animal park, Howletts, offers a wild day out, like no other! Explore wooded walkways and paths to discover some of the world’s most rare and endangered species including gorillas, primates, big cats, small cats, giant anteaters and more. See our herd of African elephants – the largest herd in the UK and later, show off your skills on the Treetop Challenge or Animal Adventure Challenge. We’re all about the welfare and protection of endangered species, so if you care about animals, come and see why we’re world leaders in conservation.

Kent Cycle Hire

Le Petit Poisson, Pier Approach, Central Parade, Herne Bay CT6 5JN Tel: 01227 388 058 Explore the coastline or inland towards Canterbury by bike. One way hire between Herne Bay, Whitstable and Canterbury is available. Maps supplied on request. Pre-booking essential.

Biketart City Store

Barnsole Vineyard

Fleming Road, Staple, Canterbury CT3 1LG Tel: 07772 300 511 Email: A boutique vineyard with its own winery, producing English sparkling wine, still white wine and red wines. Visitors are most welcome and may enjoy a free mini-tour to see how vines are grown and wine produced. A more in-depth one hour vineyard tour is also available by prior arrangement. Tastings are free and wines are available for direct sale. Groups welcome.

Reculver Country Park Reculver Lane, Herne Bay CT6 6SU Reculver Country Park is a unique place with its open grassland, cliff and shoreline and is home to a large and diverse collection of plants and wildlife. It is internationally important for wildlife because it is used each winter by thousands of migratory birds.

Reculver Towers

Reculver Lane, Herne Bay CT6 6SU Reculver Towers are used today as a main landmark for shipping in the North Sea. They are the remains of a religious site set up in AD669 which in turn was built after a Roman fort was abandoned at the site in the mid 5th Century. The towers themselves were built in the 12th Century. In 1805 the church was partly demolished to use its stone and materials for a new church on higher ground at Hillborough. The towers were left behind and remain today.

Stodmarsh National Nature Reserve Stour Valley, CT3 4BP The rare reed beds are the largest in the South East and attract bearded reedlings and bitterns. Bird lovers can also see swallows and sand martins, terns, grebes and kingfishers through the year. The wet grazing meadows and lagoons attract a wide variety of ducks, geese and other wildlife and you might even spot water voles, weasels or even an otter. There are bird hides and an observation mount and interpretation panels linked by footpaths through the reserve.

Hambrook Marshes Whitehall, Canterbury CT2 8NL Set in the floodplain of the Great Stour just outside Canterbury, Hambrook Marshes is an area of natural marshland. The site provides visitors the opportunity to explore an area of natural beauty and during the summer months the marshes bloom into a beautiful wild flower and hay meadow, celebrated every year with the annual Haymaking Festival where the hay is cut by the traditional method of scything.

Canterbury Spy Mission Treasure Trails

Sun Street, Canterbury, CT1 2HX Tel: 01872 263 692 canterbury Follow the self-guided route, solve the sneaky clues, and see the sights in Canterbury Spy Mission Trail. It’s certainly the fun way to see Canterbury on foot! To solve the clues on this themed Treasure Trail you will need to search high and low as clues can be set on historical buildings, monuments and even drain covers! So not only will you have a great time following this 2 mile Trail route but you’ll also learn some interesting facts along the way. Get your Trail booklet direct from the Treasure Trails website.

Escape Kent

Unit 1, Wincheap Industrial Estate, Canterbury, CT1 3RA Tel: 01227 507 450 Escape Kent is Canterbury’s largest live escape game experience. Teams of up to 8 players can put their team work, communication and problem solving skills to the test. With 60 minutes on the clock will you complete your mission before time runs out?

21 The Borough, Palace Street, Canterbury, CT1 2DR Tel: 01227 479 353 Biketart is a well-established local bike shop in the heart of The Kings Mile creative quarter. We offer a full range of bike hire options, along with bike and accessory sales and maintenance. We are known for our knowledgeable and friendly staff and pride ourselves on our high levels of customer service

The Blean - Canterbury’s Ancient Woodland

Rough Common, nr. Canterbury, CT2 9DD The Blean is the area of woodland, countryside and villages between the cathedral city of Canterbury and the towns of Faversham, Whitstable and Herne Bay. For a thousand years the area has remained one of the largest and most distinctive areas of woodland in the south east, covering some 300 hectares - over 11 square miles and is recognised as an internationally important area for wildlife.


Tel: 07595 769 615 Offering chauffeured, sightseeing tours of rural and historic Britain to small groups of two to three people. An exclusive, bespoke and superior service for discerning travellers. Tailored to the interests of the client, personalised itineraries allow the time to uncover the hidden treasures and quirky delights of this fascinating county with a particular focus on Kent and the SouthEast of England.

Kent County Cricket Club

Upper Harbledown, nr.Canterbury, CT2 9AQ Tel: 0845 500 7755 Featuring some of the best paintballing zones around, communication skills and battle strategies will be tested to see who emerges victorious at the end of the day. Some of the most popular game zones at the Canterbury paintballing venue include the village, the barrels and the speedball zone.

Mount Ephraim Gardens

Hernhill, Faversham, Kent ME13 9TX Tel: 01227 751 496 Mount Ephraim Gardens has plenty to offer and delight visitors. Unwind in 10 acres of enchanting Edwardian gardens, set in the heart of an 800-acre estate with magnificent views over the Swale entreaty. Whether you choose to enjoy the tranquillity of the Japanese gardens, take on the challenge of the grass maze or just relax on the team room terrace, Mount Ephraim Gardens has the power to charm you all.



From beaches and beautiful countryside, to bustling towns and wild beasts, there’s no excuse to run out of ideas for things to do with the kids.

The district’s many attractions are a must for great family days out.

48 HOURS IN THE DISTRICT Day 1: City tour Morning

Safe shingle beaches, good walking paths and wide promenades are ideal for youngsters to enjoy a day on the beach during the warmer months. They’ll have a great chance to work off some energy on trampolines, in the playground or at mini golf on Herne Bay’s seafront. There are also cinemas in Herne Bay and Canterbury, and leisure centres with large swimming pools in all three towns.

Start your day by discovering where it all began. The birthplace of Christianity in southern England is a World Heritage Site consisting of St Augustine’s Abbey, St Martin’s Church and Canterbury Cathedral. Now the Mother Church of the Anglican Communion the cathedral is central to the historic city and the Christian Church.


St Martin’s Church St Martin’s Church is the oldest in England still in use as a parish church and is part of the Canterbury World Heritage Site. This church was the first base of St Augustine when he came to Canterbury in 597. Canterbury Cathedral Founded AD597, explore the fascinating twists and turns to see which kings, queens and saints visited this magnificent building or book a guided tour with one of our expertly trained guides.

Afternoon Once you’ve explored the extraordinary religious heritage of the city, why not step back in time and explore one of the Canterbury Museums. Whether you choose to visit the superb Canterbury Heritage Museum or the underground Roman Museum. Canterbury Heritage Museum Discover Canterbury’s history, from millions of years ago to the present, explored through interactive displays in an amazing medieval building. Canterbury Roman Museum Explore the Roman town beneath your feet. Canterbury’s underground Roman Museum is built around the remains of a Roman town house with mosaics preserved where excavated.

Morning Have you tried our local Whitstable oysters? Why not have a go at crabbing in the harbour? There’s plenty to take part in or watch. Visit the seafront promenade, or the unique and quirky independent shops to get a taste of the town. Horsebridge Arts & Community Centre From film showings and live music, to art in their numerous galleries, come to the Horsebridge for a preview of culture from local artists. Whitstable Museum & Art Gallery Discover the unique seafaring history of Whitstable, famous for oysters, diving, and celebrity residents!

Afternoon After a brief lunch, carry on out to the coast and the newly refurbished visitor centre at Reculver. Head back to Herne Bay and visit the Seaside Museum and Art Gallery with its history of the town and the famous bouncing bomb. Have a refreshing tea break at the Central Bandstand. Reculver Towers and Roman Fort Reculver Country Park & Reculver Towers The twin towers of St Mary’s Church are a distinctive feature of the north Kent coast. They are visible for miles around, guiding visitors as they have guided sailors for centuries. But there is much more to Reculver than the towers... The Seaside Museum, Herne Bay From Dambusters to floods, piers to punch & Judy, this delightful museum & gallery has plenty of surprises under one roof. Herne Bay Clock Tower The Clock Tower is the most striking piece of architecture in Herne Bay. It was built in 1837 with money donated by Mrs Ann Thwaytes, a wealthy widow from London who stayed in the town for a number of years.




St Augustine’s Abbey This great abbey, marking the rebirth of Christianity in southern England, was founded in AD 597 by St Augustine.

Day 2: Coastal tour



PLACES TO SHOP If you are in need of some retail therapy, Canterbury, Whitstable and Herne Bay can offer a thoroughly enjoyable retail experience. Canterbury’s Whitefriars brings you the best in fashion and lifestyle brands with popular high street names while the city’s King’s Mile, Westgate and St Dunstan’s are a stone’s throw away and offer a range of specialist and individual outlets. Fine art, jewellery, clothing, crafts and antiques are just some of the offerings to tempt you to part with your money. In Herne Bay the pier retail village is a must for those who enjoy quirky and retro products. Open most of the year weather permitting, you can purchase quality crafted silver jewellery and beadwork, bags, hats, gifts for the home, aromatic presents, stunning photographic pictures and art. The town offers a range of independent shops with a great selection of products all year round. Whitstable is home to numerous independent shops and you can delight in the town’s Bohemian charm, particularly in Harbour Street where there are independent art galleries, boutiques, gift shops and plenty of family-owned businesses with individual style.

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25 Burgate, Canterbury, Kent CT1 2HA Tel: 01227 865 300 From pilgrim’s badges to beautiful gifts, books and CDs, the cathedral shop offers a wide range of high quality products, ethically and often locally produced. .

Hotel Chocolat

8-9 The Parade, Canterbury, CT1 2SG Hotel Chocolat is a British cocoa grower and luxury chocolatier, with three guiding principles: authenticity, originality and ethics.

Lilford Framing

76 Castle Street, Cantebrury CT1 2QD Tel: 01227 766 616 Providing a complete framing service with friendly and helpful staff with over 30 years experience. Also displaying work of new, up-andcoming and internationally renowned artists.

Thai R Us

20 Lower Bridge Street, Canterbury CT1 2LG Tel: 01227 471 971 Authentic oriental and Asian food including fresh Thai herbs, frozen seafood, tofu and soy products, rice and noodles, snacks and dim sum, spices and sauces and plenty of cooking advice.

Cotswold Outdoor Ltd

15-16 Guildhall Street, Canterbury CT1 2JG Tel: 01227 671 316 We supply 250 top brands including Jack Wolfskin, The North Face, RAB and Berghaus and offer the UK’s widest range of outdoor clothing and equipment. From clothing to outdoor equipment, we source cutting-edge technology and provide expert service and advice.

Gardenia Lingerie

94 Mortimer Street, Herne Bay, CT6 5EB Tel: 01227 742 625 Facebook, Gardenia Lingerie Herne Bay Independent lingerie specialist, elegant styles with the perfect support every woman deserves, cup sizes from A to J. Professional fitting, and qualified mastectomy consultant specialising in post-operative lingerie, swimwear and prosthesis.

Heavenly Home

91 Mortimer Street, Herne Bay CT6 5ER Tel: 01227 369 191 An independent, local, boutique shop perfect for gifts and the home. Beautiful items include home & garden accessories, lighting, kitchenware, new furniture & re-loved pieces, the destination for when you want “that something different”. Heavenly Home strives to keep their prices low.

La Luna

93 Mortimer Street, Herne Bay CT6 5ER Tel: 07538958276 La Luna is a quirky little spiritual shop in La Luna is a quirky little spiritual shop in Herne Bay filled with pretty and unique items, such as beautiful Buddhas, resonating crystals, candles, incense or oils to indulge the senses as well as Fair Trade, ethically sourced gifts. The aim of La Luna is to promote natural wellbeing, healing and positive vibes in the bay.

Kim Heath Training Academy & Professional Hair Salon

2 Wealden Forest Park, Wealden Forest Park, Herne Common, CT6 7LQ Tel: 01227 637553 Located in Wealden Forest Park near Canterbury, park near Wildwood and you will see us opposite the Cafe in the Garden Units. Come to us for expert hairdressing and Barbering services at a price you can afford. You will receive a warm welcome at the friendliest salon in Kent.

Herne Bay Mobility

Unit 3.1, Wealden Forest Park, Herne Common, CT6 7LQ Tel: 01227 710 055 Herne Bay Mobility Ltd was established is 2008 and holds a wide range of our range includes mobility scooters for transporting in your car or road use, wheelchairs, rise and recline armchairs, powerchairs, beds, rollators and daily living aids. New and used is often available. Over the years 50,000 customers have chosen Herne Bay Mobility including hospitals, schools, charities, shopmobility schemes and care homes.

Neptune Canterbury

The Oast, Wincheap, Canterbury, CT1 3TY Tel: 01227 209 300 Founded in 1996 by friends John Sims-Hilditch and Giles Redman, Neptune is an interiors brand recognised for its exacting standards, design-led aesthetic and expert craftsmanship. Perhaps most well-known for its kitchens, every Neptune piece is designed for a lifetime of use with its trademark ‘look’ being rooted in British heritage.


Shopping There are a number of markets that take place throughout the Canterbury district from weekly general markets to farmers’ markets.

Canterbury Cathedral Shop


Own car park Secure area for bicycles Linen provided Linen for hire Dishwasher Washing machine Television Showers Toilets Electric points for caravans Mains water points for caravans Bottled gas available Shop wi-fi

M2 – Typically suitable for a person with restricted walking ability and for those who may occasionally need to use a wheelchair and can negotiate a maximum of three steps. M3I – Typically suitable for a person who depends on the use of a wheelchair and transfers unaided to and from a wheelchair in a seated position. This person may be an independent traveller. M3A – Typically suitable for a person who depends on the use of a wheelchair and requires assistance from a carer and maybe a hoist when transferring to and from the wheelchair in a seated position.

Wireless Internet Connection Breakfast Award Cyclist Welcome Families Welcome GTBS Gold Walkers Welcome Sustainable Tourism Guide

For all accommodation types, the number of stars gives you an indication of the general quality of the furnishings, decor and ambience. The more stars awarded - the higher the level of quality.

Conduit House


Remember to check the classification – 4-star guest accommodation cannot be compared to a 4-star hotel. Different criteria apply. Ratings made easy * Simple, practical, no frills ** Well presented and well run *** Good level of quality and comfort **** Excellent standard throughout ***** Exceptional with a degree of luxury. In the absence of any form of accreditation, our accommodation members subscribe to the Tourism Accommodation Standards Charter. This Charter was developed by Visit Canterbury in association with Visit Kent and Tourism South East.

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Great Stour Way

Dogs accepted

Canterbury’s Riverside

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Great Stour Way

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Many accommodation providers featuring in this brochure demonstrate the appropriate level of standards and service by subscribing to an official Quality Assessor who has visited the establishment and given it a rating. The two national organizations who carry out this service are the AA or Visit Britain (Quality in Tourism) and the regional organization is the Kent Accommodation Scheme.


When planning your trip, you’ll want to find places that suit your budget and preferences. You will also want to be assured that the accommodation you choose is welcoming, clean, safe and abides by the relevant health and safety legislation.

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Victoria Hotel


The Falstaff

Canterbury Cathedral Lodge The best located hotel accommodation in the City! Canterbury Cathedral Lodge is a unique and contemporary hotel, situated within the private grounds of Canterbury Cathedral.

The Victoria Hotel is close to Canterbury town centre and in sight of the historic Canterbury cathedral. With 34 individual rooms, the newly refurbished Victoria Hotel is a charming hotel, pub and restaurant, that offers clean, comfortable and competitively priced accommodation. Our caring and efficient staff extend a traditional, friendly welcome to both tourists and business guests alike. We take great pride in helping to make your stay with us a truly home-from-home experience. Call for the best special offers and enquire about our long stay specials and rates including breakfast.

Price £49 – £129 Rooms 34 (7S, 11D, 12T, 4F)

The Falstaff is one of the leading hotels in Canterbury located near to the Westgate Towers – in walking distance to the Cathedral, the Marlowe Theatre or Canterbury West railway station, the Falstaff is a great base for exploring the city. With complimentary parking for hotel guests, we have a beautiful cocktail bar as well as a wide range of bedrooms to suit your requirements.

Contact: Anthony Mullan 59 London Road, Canterbury CT2 8JY

In a peaceful environment, but only a couple of minutes’ walk to Canterbury’s many attractions, the Cathedral Lodge offers stylishly refurbished en-suite bedrooms overlooking beautiful gardens. Go to bed and wake up the next morning enjoying the breathtaking views of Canterbury Cathedral from your bedroom window!

Prices Double/Twin £80–£140 Family £100 – £160 Rooms 46 (35 D/T, 3F)

Contact: Canterbury Cathedral Lodge The Precincts, Canterbury CT1 2EH T +44 (0) 1227 865 350 F +44 (0) 1227 865 388 E




Rooms 35 (2S, 19D, 14T)

All rooms benefit from luxury furnishings, LCD screen TVs with free-view and complimentary Wi-Fi throughout. Guests also enjoy free entrance to the Cathedral, worth £12 per person.

Contact: Reservations 8-10 St Dunstan’s Street, Canterbury CT2 8AF T +44 (0) 1227 462 138 F +44 (0) 1227 463 525 E

T +44 (0) 1227 459 333 F +44 (0) 1227 781 552 E

Price per night for B&B Single room £92 – £95 Double/Twin room (single occupancy) £87 – £135 Double/Twin room (double occupancy) £97 – £145



Canterbury guest houses and B&Bs Canterbury guest houses and B&Bs House of Agnes

Gold Award


House of Agnes dates back to the 15th century and was referred to in Dicken’s novel ‘David Copperfield’. Centrally located and stunningly furnished it boasts the largest walled garden in Canterbury and on-site parking. Cycle hire and free WiFi available.

Elegant, stylish Regency townhouse ideally located just minutes from the High Street and Marlowe Theatre. Chic, comfortable rooms, decorated in a contemporary style creating Canterbury’s premier small B&B. Free WiFi available. Prices Single room £69 – £79 Double/Twin room £90 – £140

Prices from £70 – £150 Rooms 16

Rooms 7 (1S, 6D, 1T)

Contact: Sandie de Rougemont 71 St Dunstans Street, Canterbury CT2 8BN T 01227 472 185 E WiFi

Holiday Inn Express


The White House

Contact: The Owner 6 St Peters Lane, Canterbury CT1 2BP T +44 (0) 1227 761 836 E WiFi

The Holiday Inn Express Canterbury is located off the A2, less than 10 minutes from Canterbury city centre. Facilities include a lounge, bar, and dining area for breakfast and dinner, free Wi-Fi access and free parking. A breakfast buffet is included in your room rate. Price from £24.50 per person per night on a two share basis Rooms 89 guest rooms, 2 meeting rooms Contact: Holiday Inn Express Upper Harbledown, Canterbury CT2 9HX T +44 (0) 1227 865 000 E 0


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Highly commended


St Stephens Guest House

Stylish bed and breakfast set within our beautiful Victorian Villa. Luxury en-suite bedrooms and homecooked Aga breakfasts. A relaxing retreat only minutes from the city centre and university. Prices from £65 – £145 Rooms 8 (1S, 5D, 1T, 1F)


Prices Single from £52; Double/Twin from £73 (single occupancy from £57) Family room from £90

The Coach House is a Georgian grade II listed building that offers stylish guest house accommodation with B&B in the heart of historic Canterbury. Stay in our elegant rooms, relax in our sunny courtyard.

Prices per night Double/twin room £75; Single occupancy from £45 – £65; Family rooms from £90 – £105

Prices £55 – £145 per room per night

Contact: 34 Watling Street, Canterbury,CT1 2UD T +44 (0) 1227 784324 E

Contact: Joe Passey 94 Wincheap, Canterbury CT1 3RS T +44 (0) 1227 762 309 E WiFi

Canterbury Lodge Victorian town house, close to city centre, University and Cathedral. Modern bedrooms and bathrooms, some with king size and four poster beds. A delicious English breakfast included in price. Free WiFi available.

Prices Double/Twin ensuite £80 – £130; Single ensuite £55 to £65

Prices from £50 – £120 Rooms 7 (4D, 2T, 1S)

Rooms 6 (1S, 3D, 2T)

Contact: Canterbury Lodge, 63 London Road, Canterbury CT2 8JZ T +44 (0) 1227 768 767 F +44 (0) 1227 768 172 E

Contact: Terry Fulton and Chris Baillie 3 Broad Oak Road, Canterbury CT2 7PL T +44 (0) 1227 457 363 E 0


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Rooms 6 (1S 3D 1T 1F)

Rooms 6 (2D, 2T, 2F)



Comfortable and stylish four star bed and breakfast accommodation. Delicious breakfasts and friendly service. 10 to 12 minute riverside stroll to city centre. Free on-site car parking. Free WiFi. All rooms ensuite.

The Corner House

The Coach House

Great location. Complimentary parking. Warm and relaxed surroundings. Charming Victorian features. Modernised facilities. We pride ourselves on making your stay enjoyable.

Contact: David and Sandra Haining 100 St Stephens Road, Canterbury CT2 7JL T +44 (0) 1227 767 644 E 0


Wincheap Guest House

Rooms 9 (1S, 5D, 3T) Family rooms available


Silver Award


Tudor style building set in attractive gardens with free WiFi and private on-site car park. Ten minutes walk to the city centre. Also close to the University of Kent and CCCU. Prices include breakfast.

Contact: Vicky O’Shea, 50 London Road, Canterbury CT2 8LF T +44 (0) 1227 451 243 F +44 (0) 1227 462 006 E

Harriet House B&B

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Clare Ellen Guest House

This 16th Century former Coach House overlooking the city walls has been recently refurbished. Stylish restaurant with lots of character and three beautiful en suite bedrooms with modern facilities, retaining their 16th century oak beamed charm.

This beautifully refurbished Victorian villa and friendly team welcomes all. Catering for individuals, families and groups in private or dormitory rooms. Alternatively, try our delightful new ensuite garden lodges each sleeping up to five persons.

Prices £79 – £130

Prices £10 – £25 per night

Rooms 3 (3D)

Rooms 15 plus 3 garden lodges Contact: 54 New Dover Road, Canterbury CT1 3DT T +44 (0) 3453 719 010 E

Contact: Matthew Sworder 1 Dover Street, Canterbury CT1 3HD T +44 (0) 1227 780 793 E www.


Tudor House

A 16th century building less than a minute walk to Canterbury’s High Street, three to four minutes walk to Canterbury Cathedral and two minutes from the Marlowe Theatre.

A charming Victorian house situated in a quiet residential area minutes from the city centre. Clare Ellen has recently been renovated and provides excellent en-suite facilities. We offer free private car park, free internet, free access to a computer and gardens.

Contact: Maziar Gerogan 6 Best Lane, Canterbury CT1 2JB T 01227 765 650 E 0



Kipps Backpackers

Kipps Hostel is located about 10 minutes walk to the famous Canterbury Cathedral and town centre, situated in a quiet residential area of Canterbury. Set in a beautiful 120 year old town house, we offer a wide range of budget accommodation from dormitory rooms to single and double rooms – suitable for both groups and individuals.

Contact: Mr A Eslami 9 Victoria Road, Canterbury CT1 3SG T +44 (0) 1227 760 205 E

Rooms 7 (1S, 3D, 1T, 2F)

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Rooms 6 (1S, 2D, 1T, 1Tr, 1Quad)

Prices Single £35 – £39 Double/Twin room £59 – £73; Family room £79 – £90


Price per night for B&B Single with private facilities £38 Double en-suite (single occupancy) £50 -– £55 Double/Twin en-suite (two sharing) £70 – £75 Triple en-suite £90 - £95 Quadruple en-suite £110 - £115

Prices from £16

Rooms 10 (46 beds)

Contact: Lee Parsons 40 Nunnery Fields, Canterbury CT1 3JT T +44 (0) 1227 786 121 E 0

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Canterbury self catering Canterbury Holiday Apartments

Canterbury self catering HHHHH

Cathedral Mews

Two units in quiet central location with parking. Each has spacious living and dining area, two bedrooms, two bathrooms. Flat screen TVs, unlimited WiFi. Blackout blinds and Egyptian cotton linen. (See website for photos and virtual tours).

Gold Award


Nestled amongst picturesque rooftops is a luxury apartment situated within a historic building dating back to 1345AD. Stunning views of the cathedral are prominent from every window. This apartment with its private terrace provides an oasis of tranquility compared to the vibrant atmosphere just outside in Mercery’s cobbled lane.

Price £500 – £850 per week each depending on the time of year. Units 2 (offered separately) Rooms 2 bedrooms (sleeps 4) in each property

Price per unit £480 – £740 Units 1 Rooms 2D Contact: Mr S P and Mrs A J Millar Cathedral Mews, 5 Mercery Court, 9A Mercery Lane, Canterbury CT1 2JJ T 07756 326 029 E

Contact: Lynn Winter T +44 (0) 7715 121 204 E WiFi


University of Kent

Pound Lane Townhouse Pound Lane townhouse is a recently renovated and redesigned Victorian townhouse situated within the city walls of Canterbury with glimpses of the Cathedral. The Marlowe Theatre and Curzon Cinema are a stone’s throw from the house and there are a multitude of shops, restaurants and bars within walking distance. Pound Lane Townhouse offers plenty of space for small groups, (cosy even for 2!), or for large families looking to enjoy the beautiful sights of Canterbury. There are four bedrooms, a choice of two double bedrooms and two twin rooms, three bathrooms and a downstairs cloakroom. Two reception rooms leading onto the kitchen. A sofa bed in the drawing room is available, with a fold out bed in cupboard if required. The kitchen with fully opening bi fold doors leads out onto a courtyard garden (BBQ provided), wonderful to relax in after a busy day out shopping or sightseeing. The house is centrally heated and has WIFI. There are three carparks (3 min walk). RingGo is a parking application on most mobiles so no need for change or racing back to top up.

40A Ivy Lane This Grade II listed self-catering cottage with courtyard garden in the heart of Canterbury has been lovingly refurbished to create exquisite holiday accommodation for a holiday or city break.

The FAST train to London is an 8 minute walk from the front door, fabulous for those who want to pop up (within an hour journey) to London for the day. Price per night from £880 Rooms 4 (sleeps 8 + 2)

Prices Units 1 Contact: Best of Suffolk Best Escapes, Lime Tree Farm, Woodbridge IP13 8LU T +44 (0) 1728 553 133 E

The University of Kent is set in 450 acres of parkland overlooking the historic city of Canterbury and has easy access to the A2/M2, M20, M25, rail, bus links and the Channel Tunnel/ Ferry terminals. The University offers a wide range of accommodation including bed and breakfast accommodation in ensuite college rooms and self-catering accommodation in five and six bedroom houses. Book online at: Virtual tour: conferences/virtualtour/index.html

Contact: Angela Snape 36 Pound Lane, Canterbury CT1 2BZ T 07971 404 116 E



Open Mid-April to mid-May and mid-June to mid-September. 11 double bedrooms all year round. Price per night for B&B Single £32.50 – £49.50 Double £65 – £80 (total for two people) Houses £105 – £138 minimum three nights (sleep 5 – 6 people) Rooms 5,000 (3,118S, 237D, 220F, 1,225SC)

Winner of Best University Accommodation for Groups for the eighth year running – Group Travel Organiser Magazine

Contact: Conference Office Kent Hospitality, Beverley Farmhouse, University Road, Canterbury CT2 7LZ T +44 (0) 1227 828 000 E


Love Lane Holiday Cottages Tucked down a quiet side street just outside the city walls, the two stylish three-bedroom Georgian cottages are decorated in a fresh modern style and perfect for exploring Canterbury. Prices Per week from £550 to £850, short breaks (three night weekend/four night weekday) £350 to £850 Units 3 Contact: Ursula Wacher 7 Longport, Canterbury CT1 1PE T +44 (0) 1227 455 367 E

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Coastal self catering

Coastal self catering HHH

Trappers End

Fishermans Loft

Gold Award

Countryside guest houses and B&Bs Countryside guest houses and B&Bs HHHH

Great Field Farm

Award winning converted Fishermans sailing loft providing luxury self-catering accommodation. Situated in the heart of Whitstable, a minutes walk from beach and harbour. Secluded south facing garden with private gated parking. Free Wi-Fi available.

Three Spacious barn conversions with two en-suite bedrooms each sleeping four to six. Ideal for families. Also Cottage suite, sleeps two. Beautiful views, hearty breakfasts with home grown produce. Free Wi-Fi. Convenient for Canterbury, Eurotunnel, Folkestone, Dover and Ashford. Also ideal for self-catering.

Prices £100 per night and £550 to £700 per week

Prices Double/Twin room £80 – £120 (single occupancy £45 – £100); Family room £90 – £240

Units 1

A comfortable, detached family home in a quiet part of Whitstable. Free Wi-Fi, linen and heating provided. Off street parking for two cars available and a fully enclosed sunny patio garden provides a perfect place to relax.

Prices from £85 – £120 Rooms 4 Contact: Jack Nimmons The Street, Ickham, Canterbury CT3 1QP E



Prices £450 – £650 per week Units 1


The Woolpack Inn

Rooms 3 (1D, 2T)

Located in the picturesque village of Chilham is the 600 year old Woolpack Inn boasting inglenook fireplaces and oak beams. Famous for its home cooked menu – it’s not to be missed. Kent dining pub of the year. Prices from £50

Contact: Mrs J Reed 11 Woodlands Avenue, New Malden KT3 3UL T +44 (0) 20 8942 0342 F +44 (0) 20 8942 0342 E

Rooms 15 (1S, 3T, 5D, 3F, 2 four poster, 1 apartment) Contact: Terry and Nicola Green The Woolpack, The Street, Chilham CT4 8DL T +44 (0) 1227 730 351 F +44 (0) 1227 731 053 E 0


Bosson Cottage

Renville Oast

Beechbank This stylish holiday cottage has fabulous sea views and is situated in the historic heart of the Kentish town of Whitstable. The interior is spacious and well appointed. Sleeps up to six people. All prices include 100% cotton linen, towels, heating and electricity plus a welcome bottle of wine and biscuits to help you get your break off to a relaxing start.

15th century Tudor style coach house situated on the valley downs. Ten minutes from Canterbury, 15 minutes from Ashford and the Channel Tunnel and 20 minutes from Whitstable.

Prices £566 – £1,143

Rooms 3 (2D, 1F)

The property is set in five acres of the North Downs. Prices from £70 – £90

Units 1

Contact: Best of Suffolk 7 Cushings Walk, Island Wall, Whitstable CT5 1EZ T +44 (0) 1728 638 058 E

Contact: Tracy Childs Beechbank, Duckpit Lane, Waltham, Nr Canterbury CT4 5QA T +44 (0) 1227 700 302 E

Coastal B&B Gold Award

4 Knots Yard

Below the rooms lie the main pub and restaurant areas, both serving classic British influenced menus created using the best local and seasonal produce.

Contact: Mrs Lewana Castle Misling Lane, Stelling Minnis, Canterbury CT4 6DE T +44 (0) 1227 709 223 E

The house is situated half km from the beach and Whitstable town centre.


The Duke comprises four beautifully decorated and furnished double rooms, all with en-suite bathrooms..

Rooms 7 (3D, 4T, 3F)

Contact: Pamela Burke T 07809 768 774 F 01227 273 003 M 07957 248 724 E 0

The Duke William


4 Knots Yard sits in the heart of Whitstable where the High Street and Harbour Street meet. Just a few minutes walk from the beach and harbour. The newly-completed luxury apartment is perfectly placed for those who want to fully experience the centre of Whitstable.

Hillview We are a bed and breakfast located on the outskirts of Whitstable. We are 1.5 miles from Whitstable seafront which is a walk along the Crab and Winkle Way into Whitstable town centre and train station.

With Canterbury two miles to the north and Whitstable a few miles further, Oast House is a perfectly located recently refurbished b&b, surrounded by beautiful countryside.



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Rooms 3

Prices £70 – £400 per person per night Rooms 4 Log cabins 3

Contact: Veronica Gardner

Prices £275 – £730 Rooms 2 (1D and 1T or D) Contact: Rob Delaney 4 Knots Yard, High Street, Whitstable CT5 1AL T 01227 770 367 M 07932 756 823 E

Prices per room per night £80 – £103

T 01227 830 932 E

Contact: Jane Shearing 82 South Street, Whitstable CT5 3EA T +44 (0) 7881 521731 E


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Monckton Cottages

Canterbury Cottages

Gold Award

Further afield guest houses and B&Bs Further afield self catering HHHH

Self contained cottages in part of a Grade II listed 15th century manor set in four acres. Stunning location in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the North Downs Way.

Carefully converted these cottages provide a period setting with 21st century amenities. Thoughtfully decorated and furnished with style and comfort in mind. A perfect oasis from which to explore.

Prices £320 – £760

Prices from £360 – £595

Units 3 Cottages

Bedrooms 1 – 2

Contact: Helen Kirwan Heron Manor, Chilham CT4 8DG T + 00 44 (0) 1227 730 256 or + 00 44 (0) 7789 431 760 E 0

Units 2

Alkham Court

Gold Award


Sibton Park

National award winning B&B. Spoil yourselves at our luxury farmhouse with stunning views & tasty Kentish breakfast.  Relax in our hot tub and sauna. 20 minutes from Canterbury and 10 minutes from White Cliffs of Dover.

Sibton Park, a superb Grade II listed country house, has been beautifully converted into 13 apartments and 28 cottages/studios. The properties are set in 43 acres of peaceful parkland in the heart of the serene North Downs, perfectly situated for exploring the local area.

Prices Double/Twin room £140 – £170

Rooms 1

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Rooms 4 (1D,3D or T)

Contact: Mrs Anne M Jolin, The Stables and The Gardeners Cottage, Shatterling House, Shatterling CT3 1JP T +44 (0) 1227 720 724 E

Contact: Wendy Burrows Meggett Lane, South Alkham, Nr Dover CT15 7DG T +44 (0) 1303 892 056 E

Contact: T +44 (0) 1638 674 424 E



Church Oast

Silver Award


A warm welcome and luxury accommodation in converted oast house in quiet picturesque village. Large garden. Views over orchards. Award winning breakfast using local produce. Meals in nearby village inn.

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Prices Double/Twin room £80 – £90 (single occupancy £48 – £60); Family room £112 – £150 Rooms 3 (2D, 1F) Contact: Mrs Jill Geliot Church Oast, Hernhill, Faversham ME13 9JW T +44 (0) 1227 750 974 E 0

Further afield hostels

Further afield self catering Church End

Gold Award



Palace Farm Hostel

Hostel style bed and breakfast in village with pub. Private, clean, spacious rooms with en-suite shower and toilet. Full use of kitchen and dining room. Cycle hire and walk maps. Large car park.

Situated in the centre of the picturesque village of Hernhill near Church, village green and Red Lion pub. One or two bedrooms. Prices £450 to £500 per week

Prices from £27 – £128

Rooms 2

Units 10 rooms Contact: Graham and Liz Cuthbert Palace Farm, Down Court Road, Doddington ME9 0AU T +44 (0) 1795 886 200 E

Contact: Vicki Hodgkiss Hernehill, Faversham ME13 9JU T +44 (0) 1227 751 511 E 0

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East Kent

What better way than to make a break of it learn and try different workshops to broaden your horizons.


&workshops Downland Cycles


Training Centre and Workshops 2 Stone Cottages, Lynsore Bottom, Upper Hardres, Canterbury CT4 6EG Tel: 01227 709 706 Invicta custom frames hand made by Bryan Jackson in our workshops set in the beautiful Kent countryside. Situated close to Canterbury and set in the North Downs, Downland Cycles runs frame building and cycle mechanic courses. We are a City and Guilds and IMI Awards training centre with courses for all levels from beginner to professional mechanic.Qualifications are VRQ’s and internationally recognised.

Canterbury Baking School


22 The Ness, Canterbury, CT1 3NL Tel: 07983 853 526 Canterbury Baking School offer basic to experienced masterclasses in bread, pasta etc. We mill on the premises our own heritage organic grains. A full explanation of the health and nutritional benefits provided. Learning step by step the process of making bread from milling to baking the finished article.

The Sewing Club


Beach Creative, Studio 4, Beach Street, Herne Bay, CT6 5PT Tel: 01227 861 065 We’re an established sewing school and have been teaching adults and children since 2007. We run courses, workshops and private tuition in dress making and soft furnishings and you really can make anything you like on our termly courses. We also run screen printing birthday parties for children and organise fun crafty hen parties.


IHGS - The School of Family History


WISE English

79 - 82 Northgate, Canterbury, CT1 1BA Tel: 01227 768 664 Situated in the heart of Canterbury, we are located in a 13th century hall house, built by monks to accommodate pilgrims who arrived in the city after the nightly closing of the Northgate. Later additions were made during the Elizabethan and Georgian periods. The building houses the Institute’s comprehensive library, collections and resources for research.

The English Language Academy


At GAU Canterbury, 9 St George’s Place, Canterbury CT1 1UT Tel: 01227 455 556 Offering a unique, intimate language learning and exams preparation experience. We are a small academy with small class sizes offering lessons suited to our learners’ requirements. We specialise in skills for proficiency, university and workplace certificates and also provide foundation general English classes.

St Peter’s School of English


4 St Alphege Lane, Canterbury CT1 2EB Tel: 01227 462 016 We are a friendly family-owned school with an extremely experienced and supportive atmosphere. We have been accredited by The British Council since 1972 and have been in business since 1966. Our attractive school building is only two minute’s walk from the main Cathedral and town centre with all its shops, restaurants and historic sights.


18 Lower Bridge Street, Canterbury, CT1 2LG Tel: 01227 762 107 WISE English has been helping students to achieve their goals for over 40 years. We offer courses such as General English, Specialist English and Exam Preparation. We teach lessons in small classes or oneto-one enabling our teachers to spend more time helping you to learn.

Concorde International


Canterbury Baking School


Arnett House, Hawks Lane, Canterbury CT1 2NU Tel: 01227 762 760 “A Centre of Excellence” ISI Report 2015, accredited by the British Council. The quality school of English in the City Centre with General & Examination Courses. Junior summer schools with home stay of residential accommodation. English in action and high school integration programmes, university summer school and family study holiday programmes in July & August.

22 The Ness, Canterbury, CT1 3NL Tel: 07983 853 526 Canterbury Baking School offer basic to experienced masterclasses in bread, pasta etc. We mill on the premises our own heritage organic grains. A full explanation of the health and nutritional benefits provided, learning step by step the process of making bread from milling to baking the finished article. W




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How to By road

The Canterbury district has excellent road links with the M20 (M25/M26) and M2 motorways providing easy links to London and its airports. The A2 and A260 connect Canterbury with the port of Dover and the Eurotunnel terminal in Cheriton near Folkestone. Herne Bay and Whitstable are both a short drive from Canterbury, via the A28/A291 and A290. Helpful route planner:

Park and Ride

Canterbury Park and Ride is the greenest, cheapest and fastest way to get to the heart of the city and helps more than one million shoppers, commuters and visitors a year beat city centre congestion. The all day Park and Ride fee is £3 and customers can park in one of the 1,800 spaces available across the three sites at New Dover Road, Sturry Road and Wincheap. Each site is conveniently situated on the main routes into the city. Buses run approximately every eight minutes, Monday to Saturday, from 7am to 7.30pm. New Dover Road has a dedicated motorhome area with extra wide bays, large turning circle and extra facilities. For more details telephone +44 (0)1227 862 000 or visit

By rail

Canterbury has two mainline railway stations, East and West and is served by frequent trains to and from London Charing Cross, London Victoria (approximately 90 minutes) and elsewhere in Kent. High Speed 1 provides a journey time from London’s St Pancras International to Canterbury West of approximately 56 minutes. Passengers getting off Eurostar at Ashford International will find that Canterbury is just a 20-minute rail journey. Whitstable and Herne Bay are both on a direct line to London Victoria (approximately 80 minutes journey time). For National Rail enquiries telephone +44 (0) 8457 484 950 or visit

By bus

The district is well served by Stagecoach East Kent buses from Canterbury Bus Station. Buses 4, 4A, 4B, 4X and 5 travel at regular intervals between Canterbury Bus Station and Whitstable town centre. For Herne Bay take either the 6, 6A, 6B, 6X or 7. For timetable enquiries, telephone +44 (0) 871 200 22 33 or visit National Express coaches run to Canterbury from London Victoria Coach Station. For all enquiries telephone +44 (0) 8717 818 181 or visit the National Express Timetable Information website:

By air London Airports are all approximately under two hours drive from Canterbury City Centre. Gatwick Airport 1 hour 25 minutes Heathrow Airport 1 hour 55 minutes Luton Airport 2 hours Stansted Airport 1 hour 45 minutes Visitors arriving at any of London’s airports and wanting to travel by public transport to the area must first travel to central London and change to a connecting coach or train service.

By sea The Canterbury district is very close to mainland Europe. A day trip or stay is a great way to sample the continental atmosphere. Take the car ferry from Dover or take your vehicle through the Channel Tunnel from Folkestone.

Contacts for cross-channel operators: Eurotunnel le shuttle – vehicle-carrying shuttles through the Channel Tunnel telephone: +44 (0) 8443 353 535 Eurostar – passenger trains from UK to the Continent telephone: 08432 186186 outside uk: +44 1233 617 575 DFDS Seaways – to/from Dover / Dunkirk and Calais. Passengers in vehicles only. telephone: 08712 300 440 outside uk: +44 2081 278 303 My Ferry Link - to/from Dover/Calais Passengers in vehicles only. telephone +44 (0) 8442 482 100 P&O Ferries – to/from Dover / Calais Foot passenger and passengers in vehicles telephone: 08716 642 121 outside uk: +44 1304 863 000

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The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge Situated in the heart of historic Canterbury, this stunning building features state of the art exhibition galleries, over a thousand permanent collection items, family explorer points and a cafÊ. Themed spaces provide a stunning visual experience, with displays ranging from Old Master paintings to local portraits. Temporary exhibitions are a highlight alongside a varied programme of events and activities for all ages. The Beaney is also home to Canterbury’s Visitor Information Centre.

Free admission The Beaney, 18 High Street, Canterbury, Kent CT1 2RA 01227 862162

Canterbury Visitor Information

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Visit Canterbury Holiday Guide 2017  

The official holiday guide for Canterbury, Whitstable, Herne Bay and the surrounding countryside.

Visit Canterbury Holiday Guide 2017  

The official holiday guide for Canterbury, Whitstable, Herne Bay and the surrounding countryside.