Less than an hour’s train journey from the capital finds you in the vibrant city of Canterbury with its distinctive independent charm and abundance of attractions, architecture and fine restaurants.
Steeped in history dating back to 597ad with the founding of Canterbury Cathedral (part of the World Heritage site), the city and surrounding district offer the perfect blend of old and new.
Take one of the many guided walking tours and discover some of Canterbury’s lesser known facts, rest your feet and take in the city’s hidden gems by boat with the award winning Canterbury Historic River Tours, or visit The Canterbury Tales and experience Chaucer’s famous tales of medieval misadventures.
For the culture-vultures, head to the Marlowe Theatre and enjoy a fantastic array of shows whilst marvelling at the original contemporary design complements the skyline alongside the towering spires of Canterbury.
Just a stone’s throw from the Marlowe sits Canterbury’s latest pride and joy: The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge. Following a careful restoration project, the museum and library reopened in September 2012 and now provides state-of-the-art exhibition galleries, a Fantastic library, interactive explorer points, a café and a shop.
Foodie? Why not try some of Canterbury’s food hot spots. Try fine dining at the Abode, traditional British cuisine at Deeson's or the Goods Shed - a restaurant-meets-permanent Farmers' Market that flies the flag for seasonal, local food. Or simply relax in the amazing range of coffee houses, tea shops and traditional pubs.
For those with a yearning for retail, high street names and big fashion brands can be found at Whitefriars. If you are looking for something unique you will be sure to find what you are looking for in one of our many independent retailers. Explore and become enthralled by what you find…