Canterbury, Kent’s cathedral capital, is one of England’s great historic cities, home to the World Heritage St Augustine’s Abbey and the breathtaking Canterbury Cathedral, site of Thomas a Becket’s tomb until Henry VIII had the tomb removed. Stay in a welcoming Canterbury guest house in the heart of the historic city centre centre and be close to a choice of first class museums, galleries, theatres and attractions from the children’s favourite The Canterbury Tales Attraction to the Canterbury Heritage Museum housed within a 14th Century medieval poor priests hospital.
Tour the ancient ruins and old church of World Heritage Site St Augustine’s Abbey and St Martin’s Church and wander the character alleyways and pedestrianised narrow side streets like Butchery Lane where you’ll find wonderful tearooms, antique craft centres, unique boutiques, chic cafes and inns with cathedral views. Canterbury has a strong leaning towards local and organic produce, offering a great choice of vegetarian cafes and restaurants and a relaxed dining and shopping scene.
Specialist independent shops mingle with modern shopping arcades like Marlowe Arcade and Whitefriars – Canterbury is one of the South East’s top shopping and dining breaks with plenty of award-winners here from CAMRA recommended inns to fine tea rooms and great world cuisine restaurants. Kent’s tightly packed capital is easily explored on food and is a major cultural centre in the South East hosting numerous arts, food, film and children’s festivals. The city centre is packed with premier theatres, independent cinemas and offers a host of themed tours from river cruises on the Stour, ghosts and ghouls or literary tours focusing on Chaucer and Marlowe.
Canterbury is easily accessed by road via the M20 (M25/M26) and the M2/A2 motorways. The city is the perfect base from which to explore Kent, located only a 20 minute drive from Whitstable and the coast and with extensive bus and rail links in to the wider region and central London.
The city has two main railway stations, Canterbury East and West, with direct rail links to/from London Victoria and Charing Cross – journey time is around 90 minutes. Trains also link Canterbury with Dover Priory and the Port of Dover. Eurostar passengers arriving at Ashford International can pick up fast onward rail links to Canterbury West Station. All of London’s Airports are within a 2 hour drive and from Eurotunnel near Folkestone it’s an easy drive via the M20, off on to the A28 and across to Canterbury.
The Triangle Bus Network
Getting around by bus and pushing out to coast and country attractions around the city is made easy via Stagecoach bus services operating on a Triangular route linking Canterbury with Whitstable and Herne Bay on the coast. Buses along the Triangle operate every 10 minutes from central Canterbury bus station, stopping at top spots like the ancient woodlands of The Blean just north west of the city.
Where to stay
Browse and book from a selection of city centre B&Bs and stylish modern apartments here on Iknow and be right in the heart of the heritage and culture action or opt for a rural farmhouse B&B or cottage on the outskirts of the city offering easy access to seaside Whitstable and the Canterbury coast. Come and discover for yourself England’s great historic cathedral city. Book Canterbury accommodation online now.
Michelle is an experienced travel writer with iknow and has travelled extensively across the UK, Spain, Portugal and the USA. When she’s not busy writing for iknow she enjoys spending time touring museums and art galleries and seeking out the best independent shops in Manchester and Leeds.