Less than an hour’s train journey from the capital finds you in the vibrant city of Canterbury, with its distinctive independent charm, cultural splendour and abundance of attractions, architecture and fine restaurants.
Steeped in history dating back to 597ad with the founding of Canterbury Cathedral (a UNESCO World Heritage site), the city and surrounding district offer the perfect blend of old and new. Take one of the many guided walking tours or lose yourself in some of the stunning medieval streets and discover some of Canterbury’s remarkable stories, from the infamous murder of Thomas Becket in the cathedral to secrets of the old ducking stool over the River Stour.
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 that complements the skyline alongside the towering spires of the cathedral.
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 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 gastro 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, boho wine bars, tea shops and traditional pubs.
For those with a yearning for retail, Whitefriars is Canterbury's award-winning shopping district, with over 60 of the country's leading fashion and lifestyle retailers located in a pleasant, open environment in the heart of the city.
And make sure you check out the fantastic programme of events the city hosts every year, from spoken words festivals in gardens and city-wide musical gatherings to the annual Canterbury Festival which attracts scores of famous performers every autumn. There's even a special Medieval Pageant on 8th July 2017!
Explore and become enthralled by what you find…