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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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“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.
Herne Bay Cultural Trail
Discover more about Herne Bayâ€™s historic buildings, links to cultural icons and important historical events on your visit to the seaside.
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Whitstable Castle Orangery tea rooms Functions Events and wedding venue For all information please contact 01227 281 726 or visit www.whitstablecastle.co.uk
Unearth the story of Canterbury from millions of years ago to the present, with one of Englandâ€™s finest surviving medieval buildings at Canterbury Heritage Museum. 6
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 districtâ€™s vibrant, cosmopolitan feel.
Attractions Canterbury Heritage Museum
The Precincts, CT1 2EH, Tel: 01227 762 862 www.canterbury-cathedral.org 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 www.english-heritage.org.uk/staugustinesabbey 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 www.martinpaul.org 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
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18 High Street, CT1 2RA Tel: 01227 862 162 www.thebeaney.co.uk 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
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St. Margaret’s Street, CT1 2TG Tel: 01227 479 227 www.canterburytales.org.uk 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.
Map Ref 29 E4 Stour Street, CT1 2NR Tel: 01227 475 202 www.canterbury-museums.co.uk 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
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Canterbury Historic River Tours*
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Butchery Lane, CT1 2JR Tel: 01227 785 575 www.canterbury-museums.co.uk 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
King’s Bridge, High Street, CT1 2AT Tel: 07790 524 744 www.canterburyrivertours.co.uk 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*
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Water Lane, CT1 2NQ Tel: 07786 332 666 www.canterburypunting.co.uk 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 Grove, CT2 8AA Tel: 07816 760 869 www.crnc.co.uk
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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
Westgate Towers Museum & Viewpoint
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The Kent Museum of Freemasonry
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St. Peter’s Place, CT1 2DA Tel: 01227 785 625 www.kentmuseumoffreemasonry.org.uk 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 www.canterbury.co.uk 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
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12 William Street, CT6 5EJ Tel: 01227 367 368 www.theseasidemuseumhernebay.org 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.
St. Peters Street, Canterbury, Kent,CT1 2BQ Tel: 01227 458 629 www.onepoundlane.co.uk 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.
Canterbury Ghost Tours
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38 St. Margaret’s Street, CT1 2TY Tel: 08455 190 267 www.canterburyghosttour.com 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.
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Adjacent to 6 Stour Street, CT1 2NR Tel: 01227 471 688 www.eastbridgehospital.org.uk 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
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25 High Street, CT1 2BD Tel: 01227 471 688 www.eastbridgehospital.org.uk 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.
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The Seaside Museum, Herne Bay
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Herne Bay Pier
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www.hernebaypier.org 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
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www.clocktowerfriends.org 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
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Whitstable Castle & Gardens
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Oxford Street, CT5 1DB Tel: 01227 276 998 www.canterbury-museums.co.uk 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.
Tower Hill, CT5 2BW Tel: 01227 281 726 www.whitstablecastle.co.uk 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.
Christchurch Gate, The Precincts, CT1 2EE Tel: 01227 458 779 www.canterburyguidedtours.com 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 Historic River Tours One of Canterbury’s finest features is the tranquil River Stour, calmly wending its way through its historic centre.
Flying the flag for Canterbury 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 guided tours of Canterbury from the unique perspective of the river, combining an enjoyable light hearted commentary with outstanding views of natural scenery. This season has seen them fly the flag for Canterbury through the awards and accolades they have earned. As well as being awarded Visit England’s top national accolade of Best Told Story, they were also placed as finalists in the 2015
Group Travel Awards, as voted for by readers of Group Travel Organizer magazine. 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 group travel trade! Most impressively, at the end of the 2015 season the company was placed as finalists in the Beautiful South Awards in the category of Tourism Experience of the Year, winning Bronze at the event itself. This is certainly an incredible achievement for such a small business, and serves to showcase the quality of the product they offer.
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!
Canterbury Festival 16 October – 5 November 2016 www.canterburyfestival.co.uk 01227 452853
There is no better time of year to visit Canterbury than during its annual international arts festival in late October. Canterbury Festival, Kent’s International Arts Festival, is the highlight of the county’s cultural calendar. Drawing an audience of over 60,000 from London and the South East with over 200 events, the programme brings the best of the world’s artists to Canterbury, and shows off the City and its performers to locals and visitors alike. The Festival fills Canterbury’s historic streets and buildings with a wide range of events spanning Music, Theatre & Dance, Comedy, Cabaret, Science, Circus, Exhibitions, Walks, Talks and family friendly shows. 2015’s programme transformed Canterbury Cathedral into a cinema for two nights to screen Murder in the Cathedral and produced a sell-out performance by the band Texas. The two week period also saw the streets filled with music thanks to internationally acclaimed artist Luke Jerram’s street piano project Play Me I’m Yours. While the original Canterbury Festival started in the 1920s, 2016 marks the 33rd Festival in its present form. The popularity of the Festival continues to grow and it can now boast a Spiegeltent (one of only a handful of original 1920s travelling dance halls) as one of its venues alongside the Marlowe Theatre, Colyer-Fergusson Hall, King’s School and Canterbury Cathedral.
The full programme for 2016 will be announced in July. For more information, or to join the Festival eNews list, please visit www.canterburyfestival.co.uk
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
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.
Attractions The Gulbenkian
University of Kent, Canterbury, CT2 7NB Tel: 01227 769 075 www.thegulbenkian.co.uk 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.
Canterbury Curzon Cinema
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The Marlowe Theatre
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The King’s Hall
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Westgate Hall Road, Canterbury, CT1 2BT Tel: 0330 500 1331 www.curzoncinemas.com/canterbury 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.
The Friars, Canterbury, CT1 2AS Tel: 01227 787 787 www.marlowetheatre.com 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.
3 Palace Street, Canterbury, CT1 2DY Tel: 01227 639 086 www.lilfordgallery.com Established in 2000, Lilford Gallery is now one of the leading galleries in Kent. The gallery exhibits contemporary fine art from established national and international artists as well as new and exciting talent.
76 Castle Street, Canterbury, CT1 2QD Tel: 01227 766 616 www.lilfordframing.com Offering a bespoke framing service and three floors of an amazingly eclectic range of artwork, sculpture and jewellery.
Beacon Hill, Herne Bay, CT6 6BA Tel: 01227 374 188 www.thekingshall.com 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.
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!
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The Horsebridge Centre
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Beach House, Beach Street House, Herne Bay, CT6 5PT Tel: 0300 111 1913 www.beachcreative.org 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.
11 Horsebridge Road, Whitstable, CT5 1AF Tel: 01227 281 174 www.horsebridge-centre.org.uk 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.
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Sidney Cooper Gallery
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104 High Street, Whitstable, CT5 1AZ Tel: 01227 272 042 www.playhousewhitstable.co.uk 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.
22-23 St. Peter’s Street, Canterbury, CT1 2BQ Tel: 01227 453 267 www.canterbury.ac.uk/sidney-cooper 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.
To find out more about everything that the Canterbury district has to offer please visit www.canterbury.co.uk
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?
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. As well as boasting a proud food heritage, the Canterbury district is also a great place to enjoy a meal out. 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. 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 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.
4 Church Street, St. Paul’s, Canterbury, CT1 1NH Tel: 01227 760 076 www.azouma.co.uk Dishes on the menu incorporate some of the culinary influences of the ancient trading routes into the countries that now make up the Mediterranean and the Arab World. Moroccan and Lebanese
The Lady Luck
18 St Peters, Canterbury, CT1 2BG Tel: 01227 763 298 www.theladyluck.co.uk 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.
3 High Street, Canterbury, CT1 2JH Tel: 01227 781 427 www.brunchcanterbury.com Serving hand-blended teas and single origin coffee, homemade soups and stews using locally sourced ingredients and gluten and dairy free. Cakes, scones, paninis and gourmet sandwiches also available. Coffee
Chapman’s Seafood Restaurant
89-90 St. Dunstan’s Street, Canterbury. CT2 8AD Tel: 01227 780 749 www.chapmanscanterbury.co.uk 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
University of Kent, Canterbury, CT2 7NB Tel: 01227 769 075 www.kent.ac.uk/gulbenkian 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
18-20 St. George’s Street, Canterbury, CT1 2SR Tel: 01227 478 769 www.mcdonalds.co.uk Seating for 300. Free wi-fi available. Family Friendly Dining.
Stour Retail Park, Canterbury, CT1 1AD Tel: 01227 452 312 www.mcdonalds.co.uk Seating for 84. Free wi-fi available. Family Friendly Dining.
5-7 Canterbury Lane, Canterbury, CT1 2HL Tel: 01227 765 506 www.panteli.biz Traditional English menu, with self-service restaurant and table service restaurant open from 7am to 4pm, Monday to Saturday serving breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and hot and cold snacks. English
The Green Room
The Marlowe Theatre, The Friars, Canterbury CT1 2AS Tel: 01227 862 485 www.marlowetheatre.com 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 www.moattearooms.co.uk 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 www.oscar-bentleys.co.uk 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 www.onepoundlane.co.uk 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.
45 Burgate, Canterbury, CT1 2HW Tel: 01227 464 060 www.byronhamburgers.com Byron make proper hamburgers the way they should be: good beef from Scotland, ground fresh, cooked the way you like it and served in a squishy bun. Wash yours down with a cold craft beer from the carefully-chosen list, or a thick and creamy milkshake blended to order.
Brownlee & Ivy
2nd Floor of Waterstones Bookstore, 20 - 21 St Margaret’s Street, Canterbury, CT1 2TH Tel: 01227 452 232 Customer favourites include our homemade soup, tart, fruit & cheese scones. Come and visit our cosy independent cafe and relax enjoying rooftop cathedral views & free Wi-Fi.
4 Butchery Lane, Canterbury, CT1 2JR 01227 652 401 www.clubburrito.com Grab a take-away or with seating available upstairs, bring your friends and eat, drink, shop. Experience a bit of Central America you just can’t beat...the food, the cocktails, the music, the atmosphere.
Café des Amis
95 St. Dunstan’s St, Canterbury CT2 8AA Tel: 01227 464390 http://www.cafedez.com/ 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 www.thevegboxcafe.co.uk 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 www.thevictoriahotel.co.uk 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 www.tinytimstearoom.com A quintessential English experience in the heart of Canterbury. Specialities include afternoon tea, Huffkins and Puffkins and traditional English scones and cakes. English.
14-15 Beer Cart Lane, Canterbury, CT1 2NY Tel: 01227 200 777 www.theambrette.co.uk The Ambrette menu is seasonal and features a mix of local and exotic ingredients. The Ambrette is the creation of renowned chef Dev Biswal. Dev has been praised nationally for his innovative menu and has featured on a variety of TV and Radio food programmes. Dev has an adventurous, artistic and open minded approach to creating dishes. As a result, influences of global cuisines such as French and South East Asian are reflected through the menu as well as regional Indian influences. The style of service is friendly and professional at the same time.
Café du Soleil
4-5 Pound Lane, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2BZ Tel: 01227 479 999 www.cafedusoleil.co.uk 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 www.cricketerscanterbury.co.uk 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 www.thedukewilliamickham.com 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
37 St Dunstan’s Street, Canterbury, CT2 8BZ Tel: 01227 456 665 www.monumentcanterbury.co.uk 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 www.thefoundrycanterbury.co.uk 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 http://www.thecityarmspub.co.uk/ 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
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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 on the River Stour where you can enjoy the hidden areas of this historic city or go canoeing on the River Stour. 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.
Tel: 01843 823 067 www.polarhelicopters.co.uk 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
Tel: 07595 769 615 www.toursoftherealm.com 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.
What better way than to make a break of it visiting the countryside, coast and city that make up the whole of Canterbury.
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Honey Hill, Blean, CT2 9JR Tel: 01227 765 168 www.druidstone.net 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.
Kent County Cricket Club
Old Dover Road, CT1 3NZ Tel: 01227 456 886 www.kentcricket.co.uk 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 email@example.com or tel: 01227 473 618.
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Bekesbourne, Nr Canterbury, CT4 5EL Tel: 0844 842 4647 www.aspinallfoundation.org/howletts 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.
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Herne Common, CT6 7LQ Tel: 01227 712 111 www.wildwoodtrust.org Wildwood near Canterbury is a great day out where you can see British wildlife past and present. Set in 40 acres of ancient woodland, Wildwood holds a stunning collection of over 200 British animals in natural enclosures. See wolves, foxes, reindeer, badgers, owls, wild horses, lynx, beavers, wild cats, bison, squirrels, wild boar, elk, bears and many more. Finish your day by letting your kids go wild in our amazing adventure play park featuring Kent’s tallest vertical drop slide.
Canterbury Golf Club
Scotland Hills, Littlebourne Road, Canterbury CT1 1TW Tel: 01227 453 532 www.canterburygolfclub.co.uk Canterbury Golf Club is a members’ club situated just outside the city centre. It caters for club members, golf societies and visitors and operates a fully equipped driving range and golf academy with golf professionals on hand to offer lessons to both individuals and groups. Short game clinics available on Thursday mornings and beginner golf lessons on Saturday mornings. We operate a 23 bay floodlit golf driving range open to the public.
Fordwich Tel: 01227 469 219 www.canoewild.co.uk 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
House of Agnes, 71 St Dunstans Street, Canterbury CT2 8BN Tel: 01227 388 058 www.kentcyclehire.com 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.
Upper Harbledown, nr.Canterbury, CT2 9AQ Tel: 0845 500 7755 paintballing.co.uk/paintballing-canterbury.html 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.
Kent Cycle Hire
Le Petit Poisson, Pier Approach, Central Parade, Herne Bay CT6 5JN Tel: 01227 388 058 www.kentcyclehire.com 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.
Thames Sailing Barge
Reculver Country Park
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.
Mount Ephraim Gardens
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Hernhill, Faversham, Kent ME13 9TX Tel: 01227 751 496 www.mountephraimgardens.co.uk 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.
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Fleming Road, Staple, Canterbury CT3 1LG Tel: 07772 300 511 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.barnsole.co.uk 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.
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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.
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Stodmarsh National Nature Reserve
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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.
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.
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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.
Whitstable Harbour Tel: 0771 1657 919 www.greta1892.co.uk Built in 1892 in Essex, Greta spends the summer months chartering from the south quay of Whitstable Harbour around the Thames Estuary Forts and wind farm, taking in views of the Herne Bay and Whitstable coastline. Alternatively you can enjoy a gentle sail up The Swale where you may spot seals.
Whitstable Oyster Yawl
Island Wall, CT5 1EP www.favourite.org.uk For more than 250 years sailing craft known as oyster yawls dredged for oysters to remove predators and keep them clean. ‘Favourite’ is one of six oyster yawls left and the only one based in Whitstable. She is a much loved part of the street scene in Island Wall near the disappeared shipyards, sail makers and forges.
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.
The district’s many attractions are a must for great family days out.
There are also cinemas in Herne Bay and Canterbury, and leisure centres with large swimming pools in all three towns.
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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.
48 HOURS IN THE DISTRICT Day 1: City tour Morning 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 Augustine’s Abbey This great abbey, marking the rebirth of Christianity in southern England, was founded in AD 597 by St Augustine. 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 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 Herne Bay 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.
Canterbury Heritage Museum Discover Canterbury’s history, from millions of years ago to the present, explored through interactive displays in an amazing medieval building.
Day 2: Coastal tour
If you are in need of some retail therapy, Canterbury, Whitstable and Herne Bay can offer a thoroughly enjoyable retail experience.
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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.
PLACES TO SHOP 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.
Station Road West, Canterbury, CT2 8AN Tel: 01227 459 153 www.thegoodsshed.co.uk The Goods Shed is a daily bustling farmers’ market and food hall including a restaurant, cafés and bars. The Goods Shed provides a wide range of quality fresh local produce and artisan foods. Open everyday except Monday.
76 Castle Street, Cantebrury CT1 2QD Tel: 01227 766 616 www.lilfordframing.com Providing a complete framing service with friendly and helpful staff with over 30 years experience. Also displaying work of new, upand-coming and internationally renowned artists.
Appletree Repair Centre
20 Lower Bridge Street, Canterbury CT1 2LG Tel: 01227 471 971 www.thaisrus-grocers.co.uk 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.
22-24 Stour Street, Canterbury CT1 2NZ Tel: 01227 656 999 www.appletreerepairs.co.uk A professional Apple, Samsung and Nokia repair and unlock centre. We repair iPhones, iPads and iPods, Macbook series, Samsung Phones and tablets. Our fast repair drop-in centre can repair your iPhone or iPad quickly while you shop in town.
Canterbury Cathedral Shop
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.
Cotswold Outdoor Ltd
15-16 Guildhall Street, Canterbury CT1 2JG Tel: 01227 671 316 www.cotswoldoutdoor.com 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.
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8-9 The Parade, Canterbury, CT1 2SG www.hotelchocolat.com/uk Hotel Chocolat is a British cocoa grower and luxury chocolatier, with three guiding principles: authenticity, originality and ethics.
6-7 Beer Cart Lane, Canterbury, CT1 2NY Tel: 01227 452 912 www.chaucer-bookshop.co.uk The Chaucer Bookshop, established in 1956, occupies a beautiful 18c building inside the city walls. Originally two houses, it has three bow windows, three floors and books overflowing on the shelves.
Canterbury Glass Art
56 Palace Street, Canterbury, CT1 2DY Tel: 01227 478 418 www.minsterglassstudio.com Handmade unique glass figurines; animals and jewellery all made at the small workshop on the premises.
ing There are a number of markets that take place throughout the Canterbury district from weekly general markets to farmers’ markets.
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Quality Accommodation 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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Children accepted (with minimum age) Dogs accepted 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
National Accessibility Scheme The National Accessible Standards, provided by the National Accessibility Scheme (NAS), provide prospective disabled visitors with an indication of the accessibility of serviced and selfcatering accommodation. M1 – Typically suitable for a person with sufficient mobility to climb a flight of steps but who would benefit from fixtures and fittings to aid balance. 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.
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Star rating for accommodation 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. The 1-5 star rating system covers all kinds of accommodation from campsites and hostels to B&B’s and hotels, all offering different levels of facilities and services. For this reason, specific types of accommodation need to be assessed in a different way. For example, a hotel would need to offer room service to achieve a 3-star rating, but this would not be a requirement for a B&B. 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. 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.
For any queries or to confirm a rating please visit: Web: www.qualityintourism.com Tel: 0845 300 6996 Email: email@example.com Web: www.theaa.com Tel: 01256 844 455 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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18th century setting with 21st century facilities. Combining Georgian elegance with excellent service, the Canterbury Hotel offers a variety of 13 en-suite rooms. Facilities include an indoor heated swimming pool, spa and sauna and a bar offering an extensive range of malt whiskies. Our beautiful courtyard garden provides an oasis to relax in. Free WiFi in all rooms and a secure car park. Breakfast and VAT is included in the tariff. Short walk to city centre and train station; ideally located for the Channel Tunnel and Port of Dover.
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Open All year Price per night for B&B Single from £70 Double/Twin (single occupancy) from £75 Double/Twin (two sharing) from £90 Family room from £110
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The Falstaff is one of the leading Canterbury hotels located near to the Westgate Towers with free parking and walking distance to Canterbury West Station. Relax in one of our 46 ensuite bedrooms after enjoying the many attractions of the City. Free WiFi available.
Prices Double/Twin £80–£140 Family £100 – £160 Rooms 46 (35 D/T, 3F)
Contact: Mr Farman Ali 140 Wincheap, Canterbury CT1 3RY T +44 (0) 1227 453 227 F +44 (0) 1227 453 225 E email@example.com www.thecanterburyhotel.co.uk
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Contact: Reservations 8-10 St Dunstan’s Street, Canterbury CT2 8AF T +44 (0) 1227 462 138 F +44 (0) 1227 463 525 E firstname.lastname@example.org www.thefalstaffincanterbury.com
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Built astride the ancient city walls of Canterbury and standing in the shadow of Henry II’s Great Keep itself – reputedly the third largest in the Kingdom – stands Castle House. Your choice for a unique bed and breakfast experience, steeped in history. Prices from £75 – £190 Rooms 15 Contact: Mr Farman Ali 28 Castle Street, Canterbury CT1 2PT T +44 (0) 1227 761 897 F +44 (0) 1227 463 495 E email@example.com www.castlehousehotel.co.uk
Holiday Inn Express
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org www.hiexpresscanterbury.co.uk
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)
Contact: Anthony Mullan 59 London Road, Canterbury CT2 8JY T +44 (0) 1227 459 333 F +44 (0) 1227 781 552 E email@example.com www.thevictoriahotel.co.uk
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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. 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!
Price per night for B&B Single room £85 – £95 Double/Twin room (single occupancy) £85 – £135 Double/Twin room (double occupancy) £95 – £145 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 £10.50 per person.
Contact: Canterbury Cathedral Lodge The Precincts, Canterbury CT1 2EH T +44 (0) 1227 865 350 F +44 (0) 1227 865 388 E firstname.lastname@example.org www.canterburycathedrallodge.org
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Canterbury guest houses and B&Bs Canterbury guest houses and B&Bs House of Agnes
Map Ref 29/D3
The White House
Map Ref 29/E3
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.
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.
Prices Single room £69 – £79 Double/Twin room £90 – £130
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 email@example.com www.houseofagnes.co.uk
Contact: Adrian Olney 6 St Peters Lane, Canterbury CT1 2BP T +44 (0) 1227 761 836 E firstname.lastname@example.org www.whitehousecanterbury.co.uk WiFi
Map Ref 29/C2
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) Contact: Vicky O’Shea, 50 London Road, Canterbury CT2 8LF T +44 (0) 1227 451 243 F +44 (0) 1227 462 006 E email@example.com www.yorkelodge.com 5 �
Harriet House B&B
HHHH Map Ref 29/F1
Comfortable, modern 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. Prices Double/Twin ensuite £78 – £95; Single ensuite £55 to £60; Rooms 7 (2S, 3D, 2T) Contact: Terry Fulton and Chris Baillie 3 Broad Oak Road, Canterbury CT2 7PL T +44 (0) 1227 457 363 E firstname.lastname@example.org www.harriethouse.co.uk 5 �
Four Seasons Guest Accommodation
HHHH Map Ref 29/H1
St Stephens Guest House
Clean, bright bedrooms. Large breakfast menu. Ten minutes walk from Canterbury and 15 minutes from the Cathedral. Visit our website for full information and special offers.
Prices Single from £52; Double/Twin from £73 (single occupancy from £57) Family room from £90
Rooms 7 (3S, 2D, 1T, 1F)
Rooms 9 (1S, 5D, 3T) Family rooms available
Contact: Roger Best 77 Sturry Road, Canterbury CT1 1BU T +44 (0) 1227 787 078 E email@example.com www.fourseasonsbookings.co.uk
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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 and VAT.
Prices Single room £40 – £55 Double/Twin room £70 – £80; Family room £90 – £100
Contact: David and Sandra Haining 100 St Stephens Road, Canterbury CT2 7JL T +44 (0) 1227 767 644 E firstname.lastname@example.org www.ststephensguesthouse.co.uk 0 �
Canterbury guest houses and B&Bs Canterbury guest houses and B&Bs HHH
Map Ref 29/E4
Map Ref 29/B3
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 from £50 – £120 Rooms 7 (4D, 2T, 1F) Contact: Canterbury Lodge, 63 London Road, Canterbury CT2 8JZ T +44 (0) 1227 768 767 F +44 (0) 1227 768 172 E email@example.com www.canterburylodge.uk Greyfriars Lodge is a Grade II listed building situated in the city centre, updated with all rooms en-suite. Adjacent to Greyfriars Lodge is the best kept secret in Canterbury – the gardens and monastery which are open to visitors on a daily basis.
Prices per night bed and breakfast Single from £60 Twin/Double from £67.50 Quadruple from £80
Clare Ellen Guest House
Map Ref 29/D7
Rooms 9 (2S, 5D/T 2Q)
The hustle and bustle of Canterbury’s high street is only seconds away and the Cathedral just five minute’s walk with nearby access to public transport. Greyfriars Lodge offers a perfect location whether your trip to Canterbury is business or leisure.
Contact: Donna Amos 6 Stour Street, Canterbury CT1 2NR T/F +44 (0)1227 788 455 E enquiries@greyfriarslodgecanterbury. co.uk www.greyfriarslodgecanterbury.com
Map Ref 29/F3
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.
Rooms 6 (1S, 2D, 1T, 1Tr, 1Quad)
Prices Single £35 – £39 Double/Twin room £59 – £73; Family room £79 – £90
Contact: Mr A Eslami 9 Victoria Road, Canterbury CT1 3SG T +44 (0) 1227 760 205 E firstname.lastname@example.org www.clareellenguesthouse.co.uk
Rooms 7 (1S, 3D, 1T, 2F) Contact: Maziar Gerogan 6 Best Lane, Canterbury CT1 2JB T 01227 765 650 E email@example.com www.tudorhousecanterbury.co.uk 0 � 0 �
Price per night for B&B Single with private facilities £36 Double en-suite (single occupancy) £45 -– £55 Double/Twin en-suite (two sharing) £65 – £75 Triple en-suite £85 - £95 Quadruple en-suite £105 - £115
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Canterbury guest houses and B&Bs Canterbury guest houses and B&Bs Wincheap Guest House
Map Ref 29/D6
Well established and welcoming. My guest house is ten minutes walk from the city centre. The coast and country villages just a short drive away. Private parking and free internet access.
Map Ref 41/B5
Prices per night B&B £77 – £161 Rooms 3
Prices Twin/Double room £70 (single occupancy £40 – £65); Family room £75 – £100 Rooms 6 (2D, 2T, 2F) Contact: Joe Passey 94 Wincheap, Canterbury CT1 3RS T +44 (0) 1227 762 309 E firstname.lastname@example.org www.wincheapguesthouse.com 0 �
Contact: Sarah Harman Iffin Lane, Canterbury CT4 7BE T +44 (0) 1227 462 776 E email@example.com www.iffinfarmhouse.co.uk
St John’s Court Guest House Prices £40 – £75 Rooms 8
Map Ref 29/E5
Contact: Mrs E Rowe St John’s Lane, Canterbury CT1 2QG T +44 (0) 1227 456 425 E firstname.lastname@example.org www.stjohnscourtguesthouse.co.uk
Canterbury – only a 59 minute train journey from London
Canterbury hostels HHHH
Map Ref 29/H6
This newly 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 £10 – £25 per night Rooms 15 plus 3 garden lodges Contact: 54 New Dover Road, Canterbury CT1 3DT T +44 (0) 8453 719 010 E email@example.com www.yha.org.uk
Map Ref 29/F7
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. Prices from £16
Rooms 10 (46 beds)
Contact: Lee Parsons 40 Nunnery Fields, Canterbury CT1 3JT T +44 (0) 1227 786 121 E firstname.lastname@example.org www.kipps-hostel.com 0 �
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Canterbury self catering Canterbury Holiday Apartments
Canterbury holiday park HHHHH
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). Price £500 – £850 per week each depending on the time of year. Units 2 (offered separately) Rooms 2 bedrooms (sleeps 4) in each property
HHHH Map Ref 29/F4
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 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 email@example.com
Contact: Lynn Winter T +44 (0) 7715 121 204 E firstname.lastname@example.org www.canterbury-holiday-apartments.co.uk WiFi
HHH – HHHHH
University of Kent
Map Ref 29/B5
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: http://kenthospitality.kent.ac.uk/kxbnb/ Virtual tour: www.kent.ac.uk/ conferences/virtualtour/index.html Winner of Best University Accommodation for Groups for the eighth year running – Group Travel Organiser Magazine
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) Contact: Conference Office Kent Hospitality, Beverley Farmhouse, University Road, Canterbury CT2 7LZ T +44 (0) 1227 828 000 E email@example.com www.kenthols.com
Canterbury Christ Church University
Based in the heart of this historic City, Canterbury Christ Church University offers a range of excellent 3-5 star University accommodation, available during the summer months. They have a variety of rooms from standard and en-suite bedrooms to self-catering flats and houses with the addition of bed and breakfast through to full board available. The accommodation suits all types of bookings including summer schools, groups, residential conferences, families, and individuals.
HHH – HHHHH
Open July to early September Price Nightly rate from £39. Weekly rates available for longer stays and group discounts for parties over 20 Rooms 1500
Contact: Conference and Events Office, Rochester House, St George’s Place, Canterbury, CT1 1UT Freephone 0800 456 1116 E firstname.lastname@example.org www.canterbury.ac.uk/conferences
St Michael’s Place
Map Ref 29/D1
Self-catering property. Two double (one downstairs), two single bedrooms. Large lounge/dining area, fitted kitchen, downstairs cloakroom. Enclosed garden. Parking for two cars. Twenty minutes walk to town centre and 10 minutes to the university. Free WiFi. Price £645 per week Units 1 house (2D, 2S) Contact: Erica Drysdale 14 St Michael’s Place, Canterbury CT2 7HQ T +44 (0) 7954 899 920 E email@example.com www.stmichaelsplace.co.uk WiFi
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Coastal self catering
Coastal self catering HHH
Map Ref 42/F8
4 Knots Yard
HHHH Map Ref 42/E3
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. Prices £275 – £670 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 firstname.lastname@example.org www.4knotsyard.com 0 �
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 £450 – £650 per week Units 1
Map Ref 42E3
Rooms 3 (1D, 2T)
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.
The house is situated half km from the beach and Whitstable town centre.
Prices from £95 – £620
Contact: Mrs J Reed 11 Woodlands Avenue, New Malden KT3 3UL T +44 (0) 20 8942 0342 F +44 (0) 20 8942 0342 E email@example.com
Units 1 Contact: Pamela Burke T 07809 768 774 F 01227 273 003 M 07957 248 724 E firstname.lastname@example.org www.fishermansloft.com 0 �
Map Ref 42/D4
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. Prices £566 – £1,143
Contact: Best of Suffolk 7 Cushings Walk, Island Wall, Whitstable CT5 1EZ T +44 (0) 1728 638 058 E email@example.com www.best-escapes.com
For the latest accommodation special offers and availability visit www.canterbury.co.uk
Map Ref 42/D4
This stylish ground floor apartment situated close to the seafront is the ideal getaway for two. There’s plenty to do during your stay, with the popular Harbour Street just a 10 minute walk away with shops, restaurants and delis. Benefiting from off-road parking, this apartment is pet friendly and also includes a welcome bottle of wine and biscuits for your stay. Prices based on 7 nights £464 - £536 Contact: Best of Suffolk 96A Nelson Road, Whitstable CT5 1DZ T +44 (0) 1728 638 058 E firstname.lastname@example.org www.best-escapes.com
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Countryside guest houses and B&Bs Countryside guest houses and B&Bs Silver Award
Great Field Farm
HHHH Map Ref 41/B4
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. Prices Double/Twin room £80 – £120 (single occupancy £45 – £100); Family room £90 – £240 Rooms 7 (3D, 4T, 3F) Contact: Mrs Lewana Castle Misling Lane, Stelling Minnis, Canterbury CT4 6DE T +44 (0) 1227 709 223 F +44 (0) 1227 709 223 E email@example.com www.great-field-farm.co.uk
The Duke William
Map Ref 41/C5
The Duke comprises four beautifully decorated and furnished double rooms, all with en-suite bathrooms.. Below the rooms lie the main pub and restaurant areas, both serving classic British influenced menus created using the best local and seasonal produce. Prices from £85 – £120 Rooms 4 Contact: Jack Nimmons The Street, Ickham, Canterbury CT3 1QP E firstname.lastname@example.org www.thedukewilliamickham.com
The Woolpack Inn
Map Ref 41/A5
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 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 email@example.com www.woolpackinnchilham.co.uk
Countryside self catering
Map Ref 41/B4
Canterbury Country Houses
Map Ref 41/C5
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. The property is set in five acres of the North Downs. Prices from £70 – £100 Rooms 3 (2D, 1F) Contact: Tracy Childs Beechbank, Duckpit Lane, Waltham, Nr Canterbury CT4 5QA T +44 (0) 1227 700 302 E firstname.lastname@example.org www.bandbcanterburykent.co.uk
Mellands Farm Bed and Breakfast
Map Ref 41/C6
Conveniently located nine miles outside of Canterbury in the picturesque village of Preston. Our family run B&B offers a pretty twin-bedded room with private bathroom. We are surrounded by our own farmland, enabling you to experience the peace and quiet of our village location. Prices £35 per person per night Rooms 1 Contact: Diane Thomas Mellands Farm, Stourmouth Road, Preston, Nr Canterbury CT3 1HP T +44 (0) 1227 722 255 E email@example.com www.mellandsfarm.co.uk
Choice of three traditional Kentish houses. Two in Littlebourne and one on a fruit farm near Bekesbourne. Run by the owners, please visit their website for full details and photographs.
Prices per unit per week from £700 – £1800 Units The Oast, Littlebourne sleeps 8 The Old Tannery, Littlebourne sleeps 6 Ellens Cottage, Bekesbourne sleeps 6
Contact: Mark and Rosie Mount T/F 07730 910 890 or 07710 253 690 E firstname.lastname@example.org www.canterburycountryhouses.co.uk
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Countryside self catering
Countryside self catering HHHH
Map Ref 41/A5
HHHH Map Ref 41/D5
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 email@example.com www.moncktoncottages.com 0 �
Contact: Mrs Anne M Jolin, The Stables and The Gardeners Cottage, Shatterling House, Shatterling CT3 1JP T +44 (0) 1227 720 724 E firstname.lastname@example.org www.canterbury-cottages.co.uk
Further afield hotels HHHH
Eastwell Manor Hotel
Map Ref 41/A4
Eastwell Manor is a magnificent AA 4 Red Star Country House Hotel and Spa set within an impressive 3000 acre estate in the heart of the Kent countryside, with individually designed bedrooms and suites offering space, elegance, sumptuous comfort and glorious views. Residents have complimentary use of the extensive spa and leisure facilities including the 20 metre heated, indoor swimming pool; the 20 metre outdoor, heated swimming pool (summer months); steam room; sauna; Jacuzzi, hydrotherapy pool, Technogym, tennis court and petanque pitches. Eastwell’s delightful 2132 yard par 32 USPGA standard golf course is open to residents and day guests. Eastwell Manor is perfect for residential stays, conferences, meetings, private parties, company away days and fabulous Afternoon Teas which are served in the Great Hall and Lounges every day. It is licenced for weddings and Civil Marriage ceremonies in three beautiful, oak-panelled rooms in the Manor House and in the walled ‘Maids Garden’. The hotel offers both complimentary Wi-Fi and on-site parking for the duration of your stay. The stunning Manor House Restaurant serves a seasonal menu with locally sourced produce and complimented by an extensive wine list and after dinner liqueurs. With its period charm, award winning cuisine, regal surroundings, warming log fires, high quality service and some of the finest spa and leisure facilities in England, Eastwell Manor is hard to equal. Price per night for B&B £180 – £490 Rooms 23 (4 Classic, 8 Deluxe, 6 Superior, 2 Deluxe Suites and 3 Master Suites) Contact: Reservations, Eastwell Park, Boughton Lees, Ashford, Kent TN25 4HR T +44 (0) 1233 213 000 F +44 (0) 1233 213 017 E email@example.com www.eastwellmanor.co.uk 0 �
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Further afield guest houses and B&Bs Further afield self catering Alkham Court
Map Ref 41/D4
Map Ref 41/A6
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.
Well appointed bungalow in a quiet location. Set in three acres of gardens, close to Canterbury and the coast.
Prices Double/Twin room £140 – £170
Prices from £265 – £595 Rooms ?
Rooms 4 (1D,3D or T) Contact: Wendy Burrows Meggett Lane, South Alkham, Nr Dover CT15 7DG T +44 (0) 1303 892 056 E firstname.lastname@example.org www.alkhamcourt.co.uk
Contact: Mrs Maureen French, Yew Tree Cottage, Syndale Park, London Road, Faversham ME13 0RH T/F +44 (0) 1795 531 257 M +44 (0) 7980 235 672 E email@example.com www.syndalepark.co.uk
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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.
Pilgrims Nook Holiday Cottages Prices £675 – £1250 per week Units 4 (sleep 4 – 8 people)
Contact: Mr T Phipps, Pilgrims Nook, Willow Woods, West Studdal, Nr Dover CT15 5BH T + 44 (0) 1304 611 235 E firstname.lastname@example.org www.pilgrimsnook.com
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 email@example.com www.churchoast.co.uk 0 �
Map Ref 41/D5
For more detailed information on all of our Visit Canterbury Partner Accommodation please visit www.canterbury.co.uk/accommodation
Further afield hostels HHHH
Palace Farm Hostel
Map Ref 41/A5
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. Prices from £27 – £128 Units 10 rooms Contact: Graham and Liz Cuthbert Palace Farm, Down Court Road, Doddington ME9 0AU T +44 (0) 1795 886 200 E firstname.lastname@example.org www.palacefarm.com 0 �
Further afield self catering
Further afield camping sites HHHH
Eastwell Mews Cottages
Map Ref 41/A4
St Nicholas Camping Site
Eastwell Mews is a complex of 19 self-contained mews cottages, sleeping two to six people, sympathetically created from the original Victorian stable block within the grounds of Eastwell Manor and surrounded by the 3,000 acre Eastwell Park. Eastwell Mews Cottages are owned and managed by Eastwell Manor which is Kent’s leading Country House Hotel and Spa.
Prices from £16 Pitches 75 Contact: Mr E B Broadley Court Road, St Nicholas-at-Wade, Nr Birchington CT7 0NH T +44 (0) 1843 847 245
Contact: Reservations, Eastwell Park, Boughton Lees, Ashford, Kent TN25 4HR T +44 (0) 1233 213 000 F +44 (0) 1233 213 017 E email@example.com www.eastwellmanor.co.uk WiFi
NEW for 2015
HH Map Ref 41/D6
A gently sloping field with mature hedging, on the edge of the village close to the shop. This pretty site with upgraded facilities, including family/disabled room, and is conveniently located close to primary routes and the north Kent coast.
Units 19 (1,2 or 3 bedroom mews cottages) Prices £545 – £2697 per unit per week
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&workshops Downland Cycles
Training Centre and Workshops 2 Stone Cottages, Lynsore Bottom, Upper Hardres, Canterbury CT4 6EG Tel: 01227 709 706 www.downlandcycles.co.uk 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.
Bright Young Things
26 Watling Street, Canterbury CT1 2UD Tel: 01227 250 061 www.brightyoungthings.co.uk Small group and one-on-one tuition in all core subjects, from reception to sixth form. Experts in 11+ preparation. Enriching workshops in creative writing, debating and problem-solving. We aim to make learning stimulating and fun.
The Sewing Club
79 - 82 Northgate, Canterbury, CT1 1BA Tel: 01227 768 664 www.ihgs.ac.uk/ 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 www.gauc.org.uk 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.
18 Lower Bridge Street, Canterbury, CT1 2LG Tel: 01227 762 107 www.wise-english.com 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.
Arnett House, Hawks Lane, Canterbury CT1 2NU Tel: 01227 762 760 www.concordeint.com “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.
Beach Creative, Studio 4, Beach Street, Herne Bay, CT6 5PT Tel: 01227 861 065 www.thesewingclub.co.uk/ 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
St Peter’s School of English
What better way than to make a break of it learn and try different workshops to broaden your horizons.
4 St Alphege Lane, Canterbury CT1 2EB Tel: 01227 462 016 www.stpeters.co.uk 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.
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C = Cash point
Voluntary Centre and Umbrella Centre
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BMX and skate board park approx 0.5 mile
Bay Sports Arena
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Herons Swimming Pool
J Reculver Towers
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T R AV E L 44
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: www.theaa.com/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 www.canterbury.gov.uk/parkandride
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 www.nationalrail.co.uk
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 www.stagecoachbus.com. 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: www.nationalexpress.com
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 www.eurotunnel.com Eurostar – passenger trains from UK to the Continent telephone: 08432 186186 outside uk: +44 1233 617 575 www.eurostar.com DFDS Seaways – to/from Dover / Dunkirk and Calais. Passengers in vehicles only. telephone: 08712 300 440 outside uk: +44 2081 278 303 www.dfdsseaways.co.uk My Ferry Link - to/from Dover/Calais Passengers in vehicles only. telephone +44 (0) 8442 482 100 www.myferrylink.com P&O Ferries – to/from Dover / Calais Foot passenger and passengers in vehicles telephone: 08716 642 121 outside uk: +44 1304 863 000 www.poferries.com
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