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PILGRIM ROUTES IN KENT Discover a pilgrim route near you Our well maintained routes and cosy pubs are welcoming all year round – whatever the weather NORTH DOWNS WAY


Historically pilgrimages were journeys to sacred places like Canterbury Cathedral. In modern times these journeys are also for people to enjoy: • Heritage • Adventure • Connection with nature • Inner journey and reflection The North Downs Way follows the ancient Pilgrims Way that links Winchester and Canterbury Cathedrals and also the Via Francigena route to Rome via Dover. Suggested Taster Trail CHILHAM TO CANTERBURY Follow the final few miles of the Pilgrims Way; take a train to picturesque Chilham and stop for lunch. Follow the North Downs Way via rolling orchards and ancient hill forts to Canterbury Cathedral. 7 miles/ 3 hrs easy going

FIND OUT MORE: nationaltrail.co.uk/north-downs-way www.visitcanterbury.co.uk


The city of today is shaped from historic discoveries across the centuries from Romans, Kings, Saints and Queens who have all made their imprint on this part of Kent and much of this influence can be seen during your visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

A very warm welcome to the city of Canterbury and the coastal towns of Canterbury is also proud to include the coastal Herne Bay and Whitstable. towns of Whitstable and Herne Bay, both of which

History, culture, award-winning restaurants, coastlines, quaint English villages; Canterbury has it all. Whether you have a day, weekend or longer there’s plenty to be discovered time and time again.

add their own charms to entice you to go beyond the city walls. Whitstable has its oysters, harbour heritage and quaint streets and friendly Herne Bay is the place to say ‘hello’ to a traditional English seaside, complete with pier and helter skelter.

2020 is a great year to visit with many anniversaries being marked with celebrations in the city. Not only is it the year of cathedrals and pilgrimage, it is 850 years since Thomas Becket was murdered in the cathedral – see our 20 reasons to visit to inspire your visit.

Couple this heritage with a fantastic choice of shopping, breweries, river tours, vineyards, coastal towns, first-class accommodation and restaurants to tick every culinary box – you have the perfect opportunity to lose yourself in the city, countryside and coast – Enjoy!



































Information published correct at time of going to press. Visit Canterbury accepts no liability for the information supplied by, or quality of product or service provided by, the individual businesses which appear in this publication. Images courtesy of Ersilia D, Alex Hare Photography, Max Flego, English Heritage, Julie Blackmer, Whitstable Oyster Festival, Caroline Huff, Tim Stubbings, Explore Kent, Canterbury Historic River Tours, Greg Davidson, Emily Noyes, Jim Higham, Dareen Gee, Kent Cycle Hire, Canoe Wild, Kathryn Hearnden and Visit Kent. We apologise to anybody that has inadvertently been omitted.


Celebration 2020 REASONS TO VISIT

Without a doubt 2020 is an exciting year to visit Canterbury – celebrations include the 850th anniversary of Thomas Becket’s murder at Canterbury Cathedral, 400th anniversary of the Mayflower sailing, 150th anniversary of Kent Cricket Club and festivals galore.

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City Sound Project in the Park (8-9 May) A metropolitan music festival showcasing more than 70 up and coming national and international artists, across 16 stages - a must for music lovers!


Dickens 150th anniversary (June) See historic buildings Dickens visited and inspired his writing. Don’t Pride Canterbury miss out on the 17th (13 June) Century crooked house, one of the A spectacular most photographed celebration of LGBT+ identity for buildings in Canterbury, the whole family and mentioned in set in the heart the novel David of Canterbury. Copperfield. The day includes a vibrant parade through the city, so come along and join in the colourful atmosphere.


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Canterbury Wine Festival at Westgate Hall (26-27 June) Celebrates Kent’s award-winning wines, featuring many locally grown and produced wines and see why this corner of Kent is fast gaining a strong reputation in the wine industry.

150th anniversary of Kent Cricket Club (May-July) Don’t miss the ‘best of the blast’ at Canterbury Cricket Club this summer. The Vitality Blast T20 series is set to be a favourite from this year’s celebration programme for The Kent Spitfires. visitcanterbury.co.uk


Medieval Pageant and FamilyTrail (4 July) Marvel at the giants in this medieval day for all ages. Enjoy reenactment groups, watch the parade, take the family trail through the city and enjoy the medieval mayhem whatever your age.


Golf Open (Sandwich) (12-19 July) The 149th Open comes to Royal St. George’s Golf Club, Sandwich. From Canterbury, Sandwich is a 28 min drive, so make a weekend of it and stay in Canterbury while you practice your swing at Broome Park Hotel or The Cave Hotel and Golf Resort.


Whitstable Oyster Festival (24-27 July) This internationally renowned festival features famous Whitstable oysters, live comedy, music, a parade and fireworks. Stay afterdark and join the tradition of building ‘grotters’ on the beach with oyster shells and light them up as the sun goes down.


Whitstable Harbour Day & Boat Show (1 August) Celebrate Whitstable’s maritime heritage and soak up an authentic working harbour past and present. Expect to see decorated boats, hovercraft rides, carnival procession and live music.


Herne Bay Cartoon Festival (August) Animators and fans enjoy the variety this festival offers. Features include exhibitions throughout the town, talks, workshops plus live cartooning on the pier.






Mayflower 400 (16 September) In honour of the Mayflower400, book a (2020-only) exclusive guided tour and discover Canterbury’s links to the pilgrim voyage. Equally, enjoy our selfguided tour at your leisure.

Canterbury Food & Drink Festival (25- 27 September) Try local artisan produce from Canterbury’s culinary scene alongside UK wide gastronomy in the picturesque Dane John Gardens.

bOing! Family Festival (29-30 August) Dubbed as ‘Kent’s International Family Festival’, bOing! - is free and features performances from artists across the globe. It promises to be a magical weekend of performance and creativity for all!


Herne Bay Festival (August) Bayfest is back this August and will deliver a sizzling summer line-up of concerts, workshops and exhibitions and firework finale expected to draw thousands to the seaside town.


Volunteer for the day to grape harvest (October) Chartham Vineyard, just outside Canterbury, welcomes volunteers for their grape harvest, so experience a different side to wine making and really get stuck in to the Garden of England.

Beaney: Rupert Bear Centenary (7 November onwards) Marking 100 years since Rupert Bear first appeared in print see an exhibition of Rupert Bear artefacts and celebrate the Canterbury author Mary Tourtel’s work.


Kent Green Hop Beer Festival (September) Celebrates Kent’s unique hopping heritage and a chance to taste newly released beers made from justharvested hops. (Beers will be available at Canterbury Food & Drink Festival).


Canterbury Festival – Kent’s International Arts Festival (17 October – 31 October) An annual city favourite - this two-week extravaganza of arts offers a huge variety of cultural events for the south east to enjoy.

Murder at the Cathedral (22-24 October) Don’t miss out! Book tickets early for this T.S Eliot play at the Cathedral 850 years after Becket’s murder - as part of the Becket2020 programme.


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Canterbury is Christmas (December) Visit one of the UK’s fastest growing Christmas markets showcasing local makers alongside International favourites, The ice-skating rink is also a winter winner for magic and fun as the city streets come to life with mulled wine and Christmas lights.

Look out for the Becket symbol in the guide to highlight events as part of the Becket2020 programme. For a full calendar of listings go to visitcanterbury.co.uk All event dates and details are correct at the time of printing, see visitcanterbury.co.uk for up to date information.



history & heritage

Take a peek at the old medieval witches' ducking stool over the River Stour next to the Old Weaver’s house. An actual original ducking chair can be seen in Fordwich town hall. To see Canterbury's history first-hand combine your visit with one of our amazing events happening in 2020, see page 42 (Full Events Page)

When you think of history and heritage in Canterbury the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Canterbury Cathedral, St. Augustine’s Abbey and St. Martin’s Church are at the front of the queue, ready to inspire and delight everyone year-round. At St. Augustine’s Abbey you can take an audio tour or a fantastic interactive virtual reality experience bringing history to life by allowing you to walk through the Abbey seeing it as it would have looked in the 1500s. St. Martin’s Church is the oldest church in continuous use in the English speaking world, dating back to the 6th century. It was used as a private chapel by King Ethelbert’s wife.

With 2020 being the 850th anniversary of Thomas Becket’s murder at the Cathedral a whole year of events are planned, culminating in the performance of T.S Eliot play ‘Murder in The Cathedral’ held in Canterbury Cathedral on 22 to 24 October.

To immerse yourself in the Becket2020 Look out for experience further: this symbol for events as part of the Becket2020 ➜ Discover the 12th programme. century Norman undercroft of Conquest House where the four Knights Templar colluded before slaying Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral ➜ Make the trip to St. Dunstan’s Church from where Henry II started his fateful pilgrimage in 1174 and go to the Pilgrimage Chapel dedicated to Becket 2020 from April – October. For whistle stop visits, from early 2020, you can simply take in the panoramic views of inside Canterbury Cathedral from screens in the visitors centre Other places to take in on your historic exploration of Canterbury could be: ➜ St. John’s Hospital, founded in 1084 (Northgate Street) ➜ The city’s defensive walls ➜ Canterbury Castle at the end of Castle Street ➜ Westgate Towers museum and viewpoint



➜ VISIT FOR... • A  n immersive historical experience • C  anterbury’s three UNESCO World Heritage Sites

➜ MUST SEE... • Canterbury Tales • Canterbury Cathedral • St. Augustine’s Abbey • Canterbury Roman Museum



Exploring The winding River Stour loops its way through the city and taking in the views from the water is a unique experience. River tours take you on a route revealing sites including Franciscan Island, 12th Century Eastbridge Hospital, Canterbury Cathedral and the Dominican priories. Alternatively, take a private chauffeured punt along to uncover the surrounding countryside or learn about Canterbury’s spooky past on a ghost river tour. Exclusive and themed bespoke tours can be arranged and walking tours cover every inch of this illustrious city centre.

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If you like waterways and want to travel further Cano can take you sea ka e Wild ya see seals or enjoy su king to nset or sunrise tours by water

A new trail for 2020 is the Mini-Mayflower Trail. 2020 is the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower’s pilgrim voyage to America and one of its founders, Robert Cushman, (with descendants to President Roosevelt) lived in Canterbury. The walking tour shows you places of note connected with Cushman – one of which is now ironically an American/British pancake house!


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➜ Why not try the free Canterbury

sculpture or Selfie Trails? Both downloadable from our website and discover places such as the Crooked House Book Shop (as featured in Dickens’ book David Copperfield), Abbots Mill, Friar’s Bridge and Canterbury Castle

Canterbury is a haven for anyone wanting to soak up the atmosphere, there’s no end of cultural experiences in the city. With a variety of exhibitions and family activities, The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge is a fun place to explore, along with Canterbury’s other galleries (including Lilford Gallery and the Sidney Cooper Gallery) - provides an insight into Canterbury’s art scene. Look out for the rook in the red coat at The Beaney, which was caught at the turn of the 20th Century. The Kent Museum of Freemasonry and the Roman Museum, each have their own unique offerings to add to Canterbury’s cultural line up and as you meander through medieval streets you find great photo opportunities.

Look for the ancient and diverse architecture in fascinating places such as Eastbridge Hospital of St Thomas the Martyr (25 High Street), where you can access the Undercroft, Christchurch Gate (the principal entrance to Canterbury Cathedral) the Old Weavers House, Westgate Towers, the Sun Hotel (who’s past guests include Charles Dickens) and the Dane John Gardens (a former Roman cemetery with a raised monument offering views of Canterbury Cathedral).

Try the theatre...

Canterbury has a dynam ic theatre scene with The Marlowe, Gulbenkian, Malthouse and The Marlo we Kit all offering diverse programmes from family festivals through to ballet, comed y, music and much more besides

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You will also find two Ginkgo trees in Westgate Gardens, famed for being the oldest tree species on earth - a living link to the dinosaurs. Their fruits ripen in November with an aroma of ‘sick and poo’!


➜ TIP... Try wrapping your arms around the 200 year old Oriental plane tree in the Westgate Gardens

➜ MUST SEE... • The Marlowe • The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge • The Roman Museum




Local tip....

“Head just out of town for a village-feel pub with a warm welcome at Tyler’s Kiln. Their bottomless brunch on Fridays and Saturdays have become very popular but watch out for the friendly ghost… apparently a crisp loving phantom named Gilbert!” Fi Stoker, local resident.


Shopping with a difference! Canterbury city centre has everything a keen shopper might need, from high end designers and big brands to bespoke handmade and locally produced items. Spend time in the city mixing shopping with brunch in a quirky café, dinner in a Michelin recommended restaurant or a cheeky cocktail in an old Gaol cell. Canterbury’s Independent quarters are steeped in history - The King’s Mile and Cathedral Quarter are just a step away from the busy high street. You will find independent shops and traditional traders offering handcrafted jewellery, arts, crafts, games and gifts. Walk along the cobbled medieval streets and you will find a huge array of traditional and contemporary shops.

If you are looking for big brands, then Whitefriars Shopping Centre is the place to go. Flagship store, Fenwicks is a beacon for designer names and is surrounded by all of the brands you could want. But, even in Whitefriars, you can’t escape the city’s fascinating history. The centre was built on top of Roman, Saxon and medieval remains which are mapped out on the paving.

If you want to try delicious Kentish delicacies and artisan produce, then try and time your trip to coincide with the Canterbury Food and Drink Festival in September. This family friendly event will hold food and drink workshops and foraging exhibitions alongside stalls weaving through the impressive Dane John Gardens.

After your shopping spree, refuel in one of Canterbury’s many award-winning gastro pubs, including The Draper’s Arms and the Foundry Brew Pub or try contemporary style cafes such as The Real Eating Company.

And if you are looking for somewhere a little special why not try one of the Michelin Guides recommended eateries right here in the city centre. The Ambrette (Beer Cart Lane) is famous for its seasonal Indian cuisine and exotic ingredients, restaurant Abode (High Street) offers modern European cuisine and you can enjoy cocktail masterclasses while you dine or head to The Corner House (Dover Street) for a full range of vegan and a la carte menus.

For something different, eat at the picture-perfect Old Weaver’s House on the river or head to Tiny Tim’s Tearoom (St. Margaret’s Street) where a ‘ghost room’ awaits with tempting afternoon teas and home-made scones.

Add some intrigue to finish your evening at Houdini’s Magic Bar for a fun night with 23 resident magicians and an extensive cocktail list.

Local tip.....

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Roastery on St. Margaret’s street as they do great tasting coffee. It’s a Canterbury-based independent that makes artisan, ethically-sourced and deliciously strong blends — if you really like it, you can also stock up and buy some for home!” Alice Bryant, local resident.




Staying a weekend or longer in this remarkable city creates opportunities to venture away from the city centre and enjoy our coast and countryside too.


➜ Boat trips to a

colony of seals are easily arranged in Whitstable and the Greta Sailing Boat (an 80 ft Thames Sailing Barge built in 1892) in Whitstable harbour can be hired to visit the World War II Army Forts or the Kentish Flats Wind Farm.

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MORNING You are spoilt for choice in ways to explore Canterbury. To get the most from your day embrace the guided tours on offer. Soak up the history and architecture with a river tour discovering the hidden secrets of the River Stour followed by a walking tour, choosing from the classic historic tours through to Canterbury: war, revolution and peace. LUNCH Take your pick for the perfect lunch spot. Restaurants cater for all tastes with an abundance of fresh, local produce being served. Plant-based options are aplenty - try Veg Box Cafe or Kitch Café - and to combine lunch with family activity, Espressions Art Café is a perfect fit and a ‘go to’ family place for escaping wet weather too. AFTERNOON Take yourself to Medieval England at The Canterbury Tales and re-live Chaucer’s stories in the same stone walls that were there at the time. Then head to the Roman Museum where you can go underground to the level of the buried Roman town of Durovernum Cantiacorum. And a day in Canterbury wouldn’t be the same without experiencing Canterbury Cathedral!


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Tip: Ask about their special gin, fermented with yeast discovered in a former monastery in Canterbury.

Why not book a brewery tour at the Foundry Pub in the city and find out about their innovative distilling techniques.

activities, Flyhigh Sky Sports offer taster lessons in paragliding and paramotoring and water sport activities can be booked at Whitstable through Oyster Coast Water Sports.

➜ For out of season

or rainy weekend stays take advantage of the Canterbury Baking School workshops or vegan cookery classes at The Ambrette Restaurant before enjoying a Sunday lunch at The Ballroom Club and stay for their comedy night.

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Did you know.....

Rupert Bear’s creator, Mary Tourtel, lived in Canterbury? Hear historical, quirky and astonishing stories and facts on Canterbury Tourist Guide’s award-winning tours. Best to allow 90 minutes for each tour.

on your doorstep, gastro pubs and bars galore, take dinner at your leisure. For great vegan and vegetarian dishes try The Skinny Kitchen, The Ambrette or Oscar & Bentley’s or for carnivores, Pork & Co. is a tasty option.

➜ Pretty harbour town

Whitstable is a short journey from Canterbury and has a rich maritime history. Try a famous Whitstable oyster and stroll along the streets and smugglers alleyways before heading ten minutes down the coast to friendly Herne Bay oozing charm and traditional seaside fun with the majestic Reculver Towers dominating the skyline.

➜ Your evening

entertainment could start with Evensong at Canterbury Cathedral, followed by entertainment at the Marlowe Kit, Gulbenkian Theatre or Houdini’s Magic Bar.

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➜ An overnight stay

at The Falstaff Hotel provides the perfect base and a superb cocktail menu. Tracing its history back 600 years, The Falstaff is one of Canterbury’s oldest inns. ➜ TOP TOURS... CT Tours provides a ‘Wellbeing Walk’ for those who want to see the city at their leisure taking in many green spaces or finish your day with a Canterbury Ghost Tour and discover the darker sides of the city as twilight sets in.


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Canterbury Tourist Guides provide entertaining and enjoyable 90 minute tours for visitors to the city of Canterbury. All tours include a walk around the outside of the Cathedral and represent a great way to see the sights and learn some history too! Book online www.canterburytouristguides.co.uk

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Canterbury is well-known for its multicultural student population and it’s no wonder with three universities in the district. But you don’t need to be a student to enjoy the hip hideouts this city has to offer. ➜ CITY SOUNDS PROJECT


A music festival in scattered venues combining music from all genres with spoken word performance and activities such as street art.

Sample the academic attraction of Canterbury with a university lecture open to all. Canterbury Christ Church University regularly holds public lectures for those who love to learn. Check out their lecture programme at canterbury.ac.uk


Boasting new stock daily this vintage clothes shop is popular with students and the eclectic garments appeal to thrift stylists and those looking to make more sustainable shopping choices. ➜ ESCAPE ROOMS AND CINEMA There are three escape rooms in the city – Escape Kent, Escape Room: Marlowe’s Ghost at The Marlowe Kit and Escape in the Towers and cinemas are the Odeon, Curzon and Cinema in the Towers (One Pound Lane).


Lady Luck and The Black Griffin are two great live music venues. Famous for the 1960s music style ‘Canterbury Sound’ and more recently Canterbury’s musical successes include Ellie Goulding.

Did you know...

Canterbury was also home to the band Caravan tagged as the creators of prog rock?

The University of Creative Arts (UCA) has a full list of music events throughout the year. Why not enjoy live music over a cocktail or two, try the ‘speakeasy bars’ Bramley’s or The Privy (underground bar that used to be the public toilets!) visitcanterbury.co.uk


Experience the best bits of a gap year in just a few days with a Microgap. Whether you want to switch off or learn more, mix and match the ideas below to create your perfect Microgap itinerary. ➜ THE UNUSUAL SUSPECTS


Take a boat trip to watch the Seals or sail around the 1940s army forts, standing like giants in the sea. Enjoy your own little piece of beach frontage or head further up the coast to Bishopstone for fossil hunting. Take a Vineyard tour at one of the growing wineries and volunteer at the grape harvest. Or enjoy taking to the many waterways around the city and countryside with Canoe Wild, and why not finish your trip with a sunset paddle session? If you want striking photography as a memory from your microgap, why not consider booking a tour and workshop with local photographer Alex Hare at alexharephotography.com

For weird and wonderful discoveries, don’t miss these; Enjoy sunrise yoga or meditation at Reculver Towers then head to Whitstable to take a graffiti tour or visit Robert Stephenson’s 18th century Locomotive at Whitstable Museum. Marvel at the Great Cloister and Chapter House of Canterbury Cathedral. Catch a Punk Gig at The Lady Luck pub or look out for Slam Poetry night at The Foundry.

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To get stuck into something creative, Espressions Art Cafe offers pottery painting, and the award-winning Ambrette restaurant can teach you cookery and cocktail masterclasses. Test your wits at Westgate Towers escape room, or catch a behind the scenes tour of Canterbury Cathedral or the Marlowe Theatre.


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The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge is an Art Gallery, Museum, Library, Visitor Information Centre and Café situated in the heart of historic Canterbury.


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This must-visit attraction provides state-of-the-art exhibition galleries, over 5,000 inspiring artefacts, and a varied programme of events for all ages. Whether you are an inquisitive explorer studying our treasures from the Ancient worlds, a parent enjoying the perfect cup of coffee in our Café, or an art lover soaking up our latest special exhibition; The Beaney is a building for everyone.

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Kent’s ONLY Roman museum Discover one of the UK’s only remaining in situ Roman pavement mosaics and a Scheduled Ancient Monument. Built within the remains of an original Roman town house, visitors can wander through the marketplace and discover hidden treasures as you step back, and down, to the streets of Roman Canterbury… Open daily 10am to 5pm Butchery Lane, Canterbury CT1 2JR canterburyromanmuseum.co.uk

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in Whitstable & Tankerton A treasure trove awaits those who dive through our shop doors. Treat yourself to art, gifts and clothes that you won’t find anywhere else.

Experience AWARD WINNINGCoastline Canterbury is more than a first class cultural heritage city, it also offers an award-winning coastline. It’s so close that it makes an easy ‘add-on’ to your trip, but also worth a visit in its own right! Just 20 minutes away is Whitstable, a picturesque coastal town rich in maritime history, where you can indulge in fresh seafood, visit the working harbour, take a boat trip to see the Second World War Maunsell Forts or simply explore the many independent shops, art galleries and museum. Whitstable’s Tankerton blue flag beach is popular with the locals as well as tourists and Whitstable beach is prevalent for water sports.

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A few miles down the road is Herne Bay, well worth a visit for its miles of coastal paths, areas of outstanding natural beauty, wide-open vistas and award-winning beaches. The town holds onto its traditional seaside fun with pier and promenade coupled with a vibrant town and many independent traders. It’s a huge draw for families and sea lovers alike. Why not come and say hello! Further up the coast will take visitors along parts of the famous Saxon Shore Way with stretches of pebble and shingle beaches. All three areas connect well for walking trails and cycle routes, which attracts visitors year-round. Photo: Alex H are P ho



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From cosmopolitan city to the coastal charm of Whitstable; this harbour-side town offers traditional maritime heritage that leaves a good impression.


Whitstable is renowned for its oysters which are hugely synonymous with the town. Their annual Oyster Festival is held every July and is based on the Norman ceremony of Thanksgiving hosted by local fishermen to celebrate their survival at sea and draws in thousands of visitors.

Look for... ‘The Favourite’ (as it’s also known by locals) this is the last Whitstable Oyster Yawl to remain. When oyster dredging was a main industry in Whitstable, nearly half of the oysters in London came from here!


tour through Whitstable and spot artwork by Catman labelled the new ‘Banksy’

Why not try?... Why not see if you can fit through ‘Squeeze Gut Alley’ (Whitstable’s smallest alley)

Whitstable’s stunning sites include Whitstable Castle and Gardens and the Harbour. Laying on the north Kent coast at the mouth of the River Swale Whitstable Harbour is the visible link to its history of diving, ship owning, fishing and worldwide trade. Dive into Whitstable’s darker side where you can explore the network of Whitstable’s alleyways that served as ideal escape routes for smugglers in the 1700s. The town has a strong arts culture and community that is evident as soon as you stroll through the streets. Expect to see bijoux galleries and artists selling their own work in quaint shops along Harbour Street, The High Street, Oxford Street and at the harbour market. The Horsebridge Arts and Community Centre is only yards from the town centre and galleries have weekly exhibitions featuring local, solo and international artists as well as selling local artists’ work.

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➜ DID YOU KNOW?... In 2019 Whitstable was awarded ‘plastic- free’ status - the first town in Kent to receive this accolade.

➜ TIP... Download the new Salt Pan Walk offering intrigue over scenery, this street walk through the town was designed by local maritime expert Gordon Vincent.

➜ FACT... One of the most dog friendly destinations in the UK. visitcanterbury.co.uk

With an abundance of restaurants and a thriving cafe culture you are spoilt for choice. Enjoy some time relaxing by the glistening waters, with a cool drink from The Neptune pub that stands right on the beach on a hot summer’s day. Or indulge in some traditional fish and chips by the water whilst watching the boats go by. For a beach view dinner at sunset, JoJo’s at Tankerton beach is a good choice, serving cocktails and tapas until late.


➜ L eisure and sporting activities include

yachting, kite and windsurfing and the Greta Barge tours. The Whitstable Playhouse, offers plays, pantomimes, music, comedy and an active youth group

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For that special occasion Michelin star and multi award winning restaurant The Sportsman (Seasalter) offers fantastic tasting menus, Pearson Arms is renowned for its lazy lunches and Harbour Street Tapas has great local fresh ingredients. For those with an appetite on the eye as well as the palette the Whitstable Oyster Company is one of the most photographed restaurants in town.

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➜ The wild walks surrounding Herne

Bay include beach, cliff, woodland and nature reserve walks, as well as the well-worn and much-loved pilgrims paths. The cliff walk from Beltinge to Reculver is a perfect place for the sunset or ramble through East Blean Woods (a site of special scientific interest) and Thornden Wood


Visiting Herne Bay offers you the chance to escape, stop and breathe in the fresh sea air. With wide-open spaces, a capacious horizon and miles of coastline to stroll along - it’s no wonder Herne Bay was dubbed as the ‘Healthiest Spot in England’ during the Victorian times. If you’re looking for a traditional seaside town too, the town and beach are well worth a visit. The Pier offers seaside fairground rides, the beach is popular for crabbing, colourful beach huts are available for hire and the promenade walk sweeps down the coast. You will see a statue of famous aviator Amy Johnson (whose plane crashed close by), Tower Gardens and Promenade Play Area plus the Herne Bay Clock Tower built in 1837. 28

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Local tip...

“Bishopstone Beach is a fantastic place for fossil hunting with shark’s teeth at every turn” Tom Hawkins, local Coastal Development Officer.

Go to the beach... In the summer holidays the blue-flag-awarded Central Beach has lifeguards and if you look to your right you can spot the captivating medieval twin towers and Roman fort at Reculver a must see if you have time


➜ FUN FOR ALL... Herne Bay Festival is a free family event, held in August, which attracts thousands of visitors.


Herne Bay ARTS Herne Bay has a rapidly growing arts community with some wonderful and eclectic groups. Don’t be surprised to find pop-up art around the town or guerilla knitting courtesy of The Cosy Crew. Look out for the knitting on the pier.

Beach Creative has galleries for creatives and an independent café. Their artists in residence open their studios as part of the East Kent Open Studios weekend every October and they host an interesting range of workshops for the whole family. The town’s Seaside Museum is one of a kind - and artefacts include a bouncing bomb and the oldest known horse fossil found in Herne Bay. 30

Follow signs for the town’s cultural trail for a tour of smuggling, Victorian history, aviation and even murder! ➜ Eateries and pubs are in abundance

including The Hampton Inn, The Ship Inn, the mezze bar Grapevine, the vegan and plastic free Wallflower Café, Casa Mia (the first restaurant in UK to be certified by the AVPN (Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana), A La Turka, the Four Fathoms Pub and the microbreweries The Copper Pottle and the Bouncing Barrel. It’s also worth noting that local brewery, Goody Ales, opens to the public for tours and tastings


➜ Shopping in Herne Bay is all about

independent retailers and scouring the many quality pre-loved shops for hidden gems

Jo Oakley, local artist says... “Herne Bay has many gems and a thriving artistic community... something is always happening.”

➜ Why not celebrate the

75th anniversary of V.E day at the Vintage Empire Tearooms in Herne Bay


community art centre galleries, studios, courses, workshops

A unique Craft Brewery, Distillery, Restaurant & Bar, located in the heart of Canterbury City Centre

And, of course, a delicious cafe - TOAST. Our vision is to inspire & make accessible the development of the creative industries within the wider community of Herne Bay and its immediate area.

Open 7 days per week – 9am – 4pm.



Fantastic family-friendly programme with free admission Entertainment • Displays • Stalls • Music Facebook @whitstableharbourday


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Web: www.beachcreative.org Tel: 0300 111 1913 email: beachcreativeinfo@gmail.com facebook: Beach Creative CIC Twitter @ Beachcreative Instagram: beach_creative

Brewery & Distillery Tours available at: thefoundrycanterbury.co.uk

Brew Pub


From Dambusters to floods, piers to Punch and Judy, the Seaside Museum has plenty of surprises under one roof.

A farm animal attraction devoted entirely to micro and miniature animals. Micro pigs, miniature donkeys, Teddy Bear sheep, miniature chickens and alpacas. Mingle with animals free-ranging around the orchard. You can even arrange to take them for a walk. Based in Faversham in Kent, we’re a small, rustic and peaceful venue.

Displays include local history, paintings, prints and photos, tusks of a prehistoric straight-tusked elephant and fossils from local beaches, coastal wildlife and a Barnes Wallis bouncing bomb prototype from World War Two. With a rolling programme of exhibitions and events there is always something new to see and do. There is also a gift shop stocking local-history books, work by local makers and a good range of seaside gifts. The Seaside Museum is now managed and run entirely by volunteers. The museum is wheelchair friendly.

Please check our website for details of current and future exhibitions and events theseasidemuseumhernebay.org


OPEN: MAY TO NOVEMBER Visit www.Felderland-PYO.co.uk @FelderlandFarmPYO

huckleberrywoods.co.uk Tel: 07929 871465 email: belinda@huckleberrywoods.co.uk

The Seaside Museum, 12 William Street, Herne Bay, CT6 5EJ Telephone:01227 367368 | Opening hours: From 31 March 11am-4pm Tuesday to Sunday



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Beyond Canterbury Canterbury is a prime location for exploring the wider countryside of Kent from the coastal gateway of Dover to the heart of the ‘Garden of England’. With golf courses, ancient woodlands, country hotels, wildlife parks, vineyards and micropubs; point a pin in any direction and you can’t go wrong. Exploring further afield the ultimate castle experience awaits at English Heritage’s Dover Castle. Factor in a whole day. Investigate Churchill’s secret wartime tunnels, and Britain’s oldest building the Roman lighthouse.


Away from the coast, Walmer Castle and Gardens was originally a Tudor fort until becoming a stately home lived in by the Duke of Wellington. This awardwinning destination has tranquil grounds with a play area. For country grandeur look no further than Mount Ephraim House and Gardens in Hernhill. With events throughout the year and Edwardian gardens this is the place to find fairies, picnic and stroll through the rose garden.

For an immersive woodland family-run experience pre-book a tour around Huckleberry Woods. Here you will meet sniffling little micro-pigs, miniature donkeys, Teddy Bear Sheep and alpacas. There is a summerhouse and play area on site. If you’re looking for larger animal experiences then Wildwood, near Herne Bay is a great day out. See 200 British animals (past and present) and meet two rescued bears who had spent life in a concrete enclosure. Make feeding time to watch them lick jam off the tree trunks. For a quieter pastime, a selection of breweries and vineyards are in the area to visit and microbreweries are a great way to sample local ales and beers and meet the locals.

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The Butcher’s Arms in Herne Bay is cited as the ‘original micropub and the birthplace of the micropub revolution’ and is the winner of numerous CAMRA awards. Other local breweries include Handsome Sam in Whitstable, Canterbury Brewers, Whitstable Brewery, Mad Cat Brewery in Faversham and Goody Ales Herne Bay. For country accommodation with a golf course, Broome Park Estate’s grade 1 listed manor house is one of the finest examples of Carolean architecture in England or the Cave Hotel and Golf Resort in Boughton offers modern, luxurious accommodation.

➜ Many of Kent’s wine

producing vineyards are open to the public for tours, wine tasting, dining and shopping, making vineyard-visiting a unique day out. Why not try Chartham Vineyard, just 3 miles from the city centre where you can learn about the rich history of Kent’s viticulture. Couple this with a trip to Barnsole Vineyard, in the village of Staple, who sell their award-winning wines from their winery door

Tips from the locals...


Richard Goodenough, Owner of Chartham Vineyard recommends the Great Stour Way walk from Chartham to Canterbury. ‘This 3 mile traffic-free route provides a beautiful, tranquil journey along the banks of the River Stour. Pop in for a free tasting of our wines and a visit to the Vineyard Gallery - we’d love to welcome you’

➜ TOP TIP... Pre-booking your tour around Huckleberry Woods is essential huckleberrywoods.co.uk



Be inspired

2020 is the ‘Year of the Pilgrimage’ and walking trails are heartily embraced by locals and holiday makers, with or without religion. A modern pilgrimage is about taking time to tune into the outdoors, fresh air, beautiful countryside and enjoy a slower pace of life.




There are so many trails in Canterbury, its coast and beyond, that you are spoilt for choice. The 250-mile ancient trail, called ‘The Old Way’ has recently been re-discovered and is thought to have been the pilgrimage King Henry II followed, barefoot, from Southampton to Canterbury to repent for the murder of Thomas Becket. The famous ‘Pilgrims Way’ from Winchester to Canterbury connects to the North Downs Way and the 19-mile-long England section of the Via Francigena Pilgrimage Route from Canterbury all the way to Rome. visitcanterbury.co.uk

For shorter walks why not try… ➜ Queen Bertha’s Walk

(1.5 miles) Within Canterbury city centre connecting the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Canterbury Cathedral, St. Augustine’s Abbey and St. Martin’s Church.

➜ Whitstable to Herne Bay

(5 miles) Walk coast to coast for this easy going walk in either direction and enjoy the views out to the sea.

➜ Crab and Winkle Way

(7.5 miles) Walk the old railway route between Canterbury and Whitstable, (mostly off-road).

➜ Canterbury to

Shepherdswell (10.4 miles) Walk along part of the ancient Via Francigena Pilgrim route to Rome, passing historical landmarks and crossing picturesque villages and open fields along the way.

Leave only footsteps… There are many public footpaths, nature reserves and sites of special scientific interest surrounding Canterbury, Whitstable and Herne Bay and the Garden of England title lends itself well to walkers. Countryside walks include Herne and West Blean Wood walk, Reculver walk, Thornden Woods, Stour Valley Walk and more. Check out these websites to find your perfect walk! ➜ canterbury.co.uk ➜n  ationaltrail.co.uk/north-


➜ explorekent.org

Tips from the locals...

Ancient Burial Mounds – Canterbury to Sheperdswell “On the trail approaching Shepherdswell along Long Lane are a series of what appears at first glance as humps in the tree line. On closer inspection, you will find a line of burial mounds thought to date back to the Bronze Age.” Julia Lewis, Confraternity of Pilgrims to Rome.

Many cite the ‘Pilgrim stone’ (or ‘zero stone’), found in Canterbury Cathedral precincts, as the start or finish of their pilgrimage

Ale on the Trail “A good walk often ends with a pub! For Canterbury, I like The Foundry Brewpub and Thomas Tallis and along the North Downs Way, check out The Wrong Turn (if you can find it) at Barfrestone or the Tipsy Gardener at Shepherdswell, which also offers accommodation.” Peter Morris – North Downs Way Trail Manager. ➜ DO YOU KNOW... You can get your Pilgrim passport stamped at the information centre at the Cathedral precinct?


Cycling Cycling in and around Canterbury offers you an exciting choice of pick and mix scenery. Will you choose ancient woodlands, Areas of Outstanding Beauty (AONB) and hidden micropubs? Or quintessential English villages, meadows and rugged coastlines? The choice is yours with more than 4,273 public rights of way - the only question is which way?



Exploring our city, coast and countryside can be done on short, or long rides. Using Canterbury as a base there are dozens of routes up for grabs. You can ride from Canterbury Cathedral, through the countryside all the way to Dover. The route includes part of the Great Stour Way, Milton Church, marshes, meadows, Chartham paper mill and is also the gateway to the Kent Downs AONB.


For more ambitious rides you can twin up with the train network, allowing you to go from coast to coast in one day or travel from London back down to Canterbury leaving the big smoke for the country hills and sea views.

Canterbury to Fordwich is a pretty village ride of 3 miles or you can head on further towards the coast on the 7.6 mile Crab and Winkle Way from Canterbury to Whitstable harbour via picturesque ancient woodland, following the old steam railway line.

At Whitstable join The Oyster Bay Trail, cycling from Swalecliffe to Reculver. The trail hugs the coast and is a 6.7 mile section of the Viking Coastal Trail – itself a 32 mile cycle route across the Isle of Thanet. There is a Kent Coastal Castle Ride of 5.9 miles from Deal to St. Margaret’s at Cliffe if you want to extend your coastal journey and from Reculver the North Thanet Coast cycle runs for 9.2 miles all the way to Margate.

Longer cycle trips include the 47 mile Pilgrims Way from Canterbury to Rochester (or vice-versa) going through the North Downs, along the River Medway and pretty Kent villages on the way. For an epic ride, choose The Garden of England Cycle Route 180 miles from London to Thanet (including the Crab and Winkle Way) travelling through Canterbury, Sandwich, Dover and then onto Hastings on the south coast.


No bike? No problem...

If you don’t have your own bicycle, then Kent Cycle Hire will be able to help. With pick up and drop off centres in Canterbury and Whitstable plus a drop off centre in Herne Bay you have flexibility for your cycle route. kentcyclehire.com

For avid cyclists why not try ‘The Canterbury Bike Ride’ held on Sunday 26 July it is a friendly sporting initiative, starting on the outskirts of the city and journeying through some of Kent’s most stunning countryside, with a range of mileage. canterburybikeride.co.uk



➜ The famous


From wonderful historical facts to long-forgotten architecture, there’s no shortage of unusual things to discover, no matter where you are.

For example, did you know that St. Martins Church in Canterbury is the oldest church, which has been in continuous use, in the Englishspeaking world? Dating to 597AD this treasure is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Canterbury and well worth a visit. While you are there tucked away around the side of the church is a natural spring that often goes unnoticed.

While on the lookout for treasures, in Sturry look for a medieval holy water conduit with a 1960s roof. Found behind the Prince of Wales Boxing Club, the conduit carries water from the reed pond to Canterbury Cathedral via Prior Wilbert’s cutting-edge waterworks of 1150AD.

Victory Wood was planted between 2005-2008 to mark the 200th anniversary of Britain’s victory at the Battle of Trafalgar. From the vantage point features relating to the battle (sculptures, trees and groves) have been landscaped to represent each ship in the British fleet.

A walk through Victory Woods (Yorkletts, Whitstable) reveals a Cold War bunker that is opened to the public on Heritage Open Days.

If Reculver is on your list to visit, then pay a trip to the village of Hoath. This ancient and small village was originally in the parish of Reculver. The Holy Cross Church was founded in Hoath but was dissolved in 1548.

clocktower on Herne Bay seafront is one of the oldest freestanding clock towers in the UK and is lit up at night, but did you know that for special occasions it can be arranged for the clocktower volunteer group @ baypromotion to change the light colours to befit

Stay the night...

For memorable accommodation, wake up with a view of the cathedral framing your window with a stay at the Cathedral Lodge. The Boathouse in Whitstable is just as cool with a balcony overlooking the RSPB nature reserve and the sea

➜ Along the promenade at Herne Bay is a bronze statue of English Aviator Amy Johnson looking out to sea. She was the first woman to fly solo from England to Australia but died after her plane crashed near Herne Bay in 1941. Next to the pier is a wooden model plane that children enjoy clambering in for photos ➜ Herne Bay has had many famous residents including artist Marcel Duchamp, writer George Reynolds (whose books were more popular than Dickens in his day) and Detective Edmund Reid – who was at the centre of the Jack the Ripper investigation ➜ Herne bay has not only attracted famous faces but is also a popular filming location as seen in Doctor Who (1968) Little Britain (2003) and ITV latest series sitcom Kate & Koji (2020). Along the coast, Whitstable has had its fair share of fame on screen too with Tipping the Velvet (2002) shot there

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➜ DO YOU KNOW... In Canterbury Cathedral there is a door behind the ‘Martyrdom’ which many people think is out of bounds, it isn’t - The Great Cloister lies beyond boasting many stone carvings of animals, coats of arms and medieval heads visitcanterbury.co.uk



With so many events taking place, fill your diary and find your reason to visit Canterbury this year! Dreamland’s 100th Anniversary 2020: dreamland.co.uk

April – October: A Pilgrimage Chapel at Canterbury Cathedral devoted to Thomas Becket becket2020.com


8 - 9 May: City Sounds Project in the Park cspinthepark.com 2 May: Kent Vegan Festival animalaid.org

25 June – 2 July: King’s Week Arts Festival (The King’s School, Canterbury) kings-school.co.uk 27 June: Becket on Film Screenings canterbury.ac.uk 8 June: 150th Anniversary of Charles Dickens’ Death 13 June: Pride Canterbury canterbury.co.uk

16 May – 27 September: Becket - World Celebrity Healer Exhibition canterburymuseums.co.uk

20 June: Guided Canterbury Pilgrimage Walk for Becket 2020 Canterbury West Station eventbrite.co.uk Facebook @augustinecamino

18 May: Church, Saints and Seals Conference canterbury.ac.uk

26 - 27 June: Canterbury Wine Festival at Westgate Hall westgatehall.org

30 May: Day of Prayer and Pilgrimage, plus Beacon Event classicult.it

June: Kent Cricket 150 Years & Kent Cricket week kentcricket.co.uk


4 July: Medieval Pageant and Family Trail canterburybid.co.uk

4 July: An evening screening of the 1960s film ‘Becket’ at the Gulbenkian thegulbenkian.co.uk 12 - 19 July: 149th Golf Open at Royal St. George’s Golf Club theopen.com 17 July: Westlife - Stadiums in the summer tour kentcricket.co.uk/events 18 July: Night at the Cathedral canterbury-cathedral.org 19 July: Little Mix summer tour kentcricket.co.uk/events 24 - 27 July: Whitstable Oyster Festival whitstableoysterfestival.co.uk

31 August: Canterbury Half Marathon halfmarathonlist.co.uk 29 - 30 August: bOing! Family Festival boingfestival.com 1-31 August: Herne Bay Festival hernebayfestival.com 5 September – 8 November: Folkestone Triennial creativefolkestone.org.uk 16 September: Mayflower400 canterbury.co.uk 11 – 20 September Canterbury Food & Drink Festival Facebook @CTFoodFest October February: Thomas Becket Exhibition Canterbury Cathedral canterbury-cathedral.org

1 August: Raise the Roof Festival raisetheroofkent.com

17 - 31 October: Canterbury Festival canterburyfestival.co.uk

1 August: Whitstable Harbour Day & Boat Show whitstablemaritime.org

18 October: Oktoberfest Westgate Hall westgatehall.org

22 - 24 October: Murder at the Cathedral canterbury-cathedral.org 27 - 29 October: The Big Draw and Children’s Pilgrimage Activities canterbury thebigdraw.org 7 November - 3 January: Beaney: Rupert Bear Centenary canterburymuseums.co.uk November – December: Christmas Market and Canterbury on Ice rink canterbury.co.uk 28 December: 10th Anniversary Saxon Shore Marathon saxon-shore.com 29 December: Martyrdom of Thomas Becket Choral Evensong canterbury-cathedral.org

All details correct at time of print. Visit website for full and up-to-date listings.



Where to stay




Don't just take our word for it... Situated in beautiful Hernhill, our luxury oast house bed and breakfast is a perfect place to stay and enjoy the Garden of England's countryside. Visit our beautiful, converted oast house in the quiet, picturesque village of Hernhill. Our three spacious rooms have wonderful views over the orchards and are fitted with those luxury extras to make your stay more comfortable. We offer you a wide choice of breakfast, cooked to order and using local and home grown produce. We aim to make your stay with us memorable. All of our bedrooms reflect the architecture of the original use of the building.

"A lovely spring break. Garden, food and comforts excellent." - A and D Yorkshire "Perfect. So happy and lucky to live our first English Christmas here. We will keep these precious moments in this wonderful place in our hearts." The O family France

TELEPHONE: +44 (0) 1227 750974 EMAIL: info@churchoast.co.uk



Glorious English Holidays From long walks on the beach to adventures in the beautiful countryside, we have 350+ stunning holiday homes to choose from across Kent and Sussex. And because we have local people in our local offices, we can help you plan your perfect weekend break or longer stay.

Talk to our friendly team today on 01227 809182 or go to www.kentandsussexcottages.co.uk 76 Castle Street, Canterbury, CT1 2QD

7 Longport is an award winning bed and breakfast on the edge of Canterbury’s historic city centre. A very pretty, one-bedroom 15th century cottage in a beautiful courtyard has been revamped into a chic place to stay, tucked away from the noise and bustle, where all you can hear is birdsong. Downstairs there’s a cosy sitting room heated by a woodburner and also a smart shower room. Up a steep flight of stairs is the stylish bedroom with a kingsize bed with a handmade mattress, lovely crisp cotton sheets, snuggly duvet and luxury pillows. Breakfast brings all manner of things using top quality ingredients from local suppliers or grown on our own allotment and offers a great choice to suit every taste.

Beautiful South Awards 2019 award winner Muddy Stilettos Kent Finalist 2019

TELEPHONE: +44 (0) 1227 455367 EMAIL: info@7longport.co.uk




Beguiling countryside cottage at the amazing Huckleberry Woods - micro animal adventures.Your perfect break.

We offer Bed & Breakfast and Self Catering in 4 Eco Barns and Cottage Suite, offering 1 -23 bed spaces. Bumble Barn - a detached eco-barn, all on the ground floor, with a large open plan sitting room/dining/kitchen. 3 bedrooms - a king double with en-suite shower and 2 twin bedrooms with a shared bathroom/shower. With infra-red underfloor heating and triple glazing. Sunset Lodge - 2 ground floor bedrooms, a double with wetroom and a twin with bathroom, with 2 more beds in the upstairs snug. Open plan sitting/dining/kitchen. Apple and Hazel Barns - again all on the ground floor, each has 2 en-suite bedrooms, each with a king double, Apple Barn with a triple and Hazel Barn with a twin room, and large open plan sitting/dining/kitchen areas. The Cottage - twin bedroom, bathroom and sitting room with private entrance.

TELEPHONE: +44 (0) 7929 871465 EMAIL: belinda@huckleberrywoods.co.uk

CANTERBURY 10 minutes drive to Canterbury, Folkestone, Ashford, Channel Tunnel. Lewana and Malcolm Castle. Great Field Farm, Misling Lane, Stelling Minnis, Canterbury CT4 6DE TELEPHONE: +44 (0) 1227 709223 EMAIL: greatfieldfarm@aol.com

UNIVERSITY OF KENT Our beautiful 300 acre parkland campus overlooks the historic city of Canterbury and its famous Cathedral. We have over 5,000 bedrooms including standard, en-suite, single and double rooms, all competitively priced. Our excellent on-site facilities include catering outlets, a cinema, gym and cycle hire, plus other superb sports and leisure amenities, car and coach parking and Wi-Fi throughout.



Just a 10 minute walk to the Cathedral, city centre and Canterbury West railway station. Family run, we offer comfortable accommodation in a warm and friendly atmosphere. All bedrooms are en-suite and breakfast is included. Free WiFi and free private on-site car park. Self- catering apartment also available within the grounds of the guest house.


TELEPHONE: +44 (0) 1227 767644 EMAIL: info@ststephensguesthouse.co.uk

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Woolton Farm



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WAYS TO KEEP IN TOUCH TELEPHONE: +44 (0) 1227 828000 EMAIL: holidays@kent.ac.uk


Canterbury Visitor Information Centre 18 High St, CT1 2RA

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Get here


Whether travelling by train, bus, biking, walking, park and ride or road, Canterbury, Herne Bay and Whitstable are so well connected you will find them with ease.




With direct connections to and from London Charing Cross and London Victoria, both Canterbury East and Canterbury West stations offer flexible travel to and from London with the high speed 1 through Canterbury West only taking 59 minutes from London. Canterbury East connects to Dover Prior station in just 17 minutes. From Canterbury to Whitstable or Herne Bay trains travel via one simple change at Faversham. The close proximity to Ashford International, Eurostar and the Eurotunnel Le Shuttle at Folkestone make visits from the continent an easy option too. Plan your train travel through nationalrail.co.uk

Close to all major south east motorways (M20/M2/M25/ M26) Canterbury is well connected to and from London and Dover. Travelling the short distance to the coast from Canterbury, take the direct 7 mile route on the A290 all the way to Whitstable and on to Herne Bay following the coast. For direct to Herne Bay from Canterbury, take the Thornden Wood Road for an 8 mile trip.

For an easy parking option use Canterbury’s Park and Ride loop. Buses run approx. every 10 minutes, have free WiFi, cost £3.50 per day and you can hop on and off as much as you want. There are three sites (New Dover Road, Sturry Road and Wincheap) which all have disabled parking and spaces for motorbikes. The New Dover Road site offers motorhome parking too. For details visit canterbury.gov.uk/parkandride

BY BOAT… The ferry ports of Dover are within a 30 minute drive time to Canterbury with regular sailings.


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Cyclists are well catered for throughout the district with cycle routes crisscrossing the city and stretching down the coast to Whitstable and Herne BY BUS… Bay. There is cycle hire aplenty BY AIR… and cycle lockers and parking National Express runs from London Victoria Coach Station All the major London airports are available. For details go to visitcanterbury.co.uk and the Stagecoach M2 Express less than two hours drive from links Canterbury to the O2 Canterbury (London Gatwick Greenwich. Stagecoach East Airport is 1 hour 25 minutes, Kent local buses service the London Heathrow Airport 1 hour district well with the triangle route 55 minutes, London Stansted covering Canterbury, Whitstable Airport 1 hour 45 minutes and and Herne Bay. For details London Luton Airport 2 hours). visit stagecoachbus.com and Maypole Airfield is the closest nationalexpress.com private airstrip. visitcanterbury.co.uk








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PILGRIM ROUTES IN KENT Discover a pilgrim route near you Our well maintained routes and cosy pubs are welcoming all year round – whatever the weather Suggested Taster Trail CANTERBURY TO SHEPHERDSWELL Walk on the Via Francigena pilgrimage route to Rome, starting at the official zero-kilometre stone at Canterbury Cathedral. The route passes The World Heritage Sites of St. Augustine’s Abbey and St. Martin’s church, picturesque villages and historic churches. Finish at Shepherdswell with local pubs, a shop and café. Return via train. 11 miles/ 5hrs, easy going.

FIND OUT MORE: pilgrimstorome.org.uk


The Via Francigena is an 1800 km pilgrim trail from Canterbury to Rome, leading down through northeastern France, Switzerland, over the Alps via the Great St. Bernard Pass, and through Italy to reach the ‘Eternal City’. MODERN-DAY PILGRIMAGE The Via Francigena has seen a revival of the pilgrimage route since its designation as a Cultural Route by the Council of Europe in 1994. Modern pilgrims are of all ages, beliefs and motivations. They are connected by a desire to withdraw from the busy pace of modern-day life and to take time for introspection, to be immersed in nature, to engage with different cultures and to meet new people. The 1800 km journey is certainly a physical challenge, but it can be undertaken in stages or only partially.

TINY TIM’S TEAROOM Based in the heart of Canterbury, Tiny Tim’s Tearoom is a characterful building with an olde-worlde feel. A popular spot where you can while away an afternoon and sample a range of delicious sweet treats, pastries and cooked meals, and a brewed-to-perfection pot of your tea of choice. Offering a quintessentially British ambience, the tearoom suits all tastes, including gluten-free and vegan options, with savoury treats like a full English breakfast, omelettes and the chef’s signature quiche served alongside handmade cakes, scones and other baked goods. Tiny Tim’s highly popular afternoon tea is served all day, comprising sweet and savoury delights including finger sandwiches, as well as freshly baked scones and a choice of tea or coffee from the extensive range.

TINY TIM’S TEAROOM 01227 450 793 34 St Margaret’s St, Canterbury, CT1 2TG tinytimstearoom.com facebook.com/tinytimstearoom

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