48 Hours in Canterbury
WELCOME TO CANTERBURY, WHITSTABLE & HERNE BAY
Visit Canterbury and discover why this beautiful, ancient city is one of the jewels in Kent's crown. The historic city is less than an hour from London by train, and just 10 minutes from some of Kent's beautiful beaches, and is the perfect city break for anyone in the mood for gorgeous medieval streets, great food and drink, and a cultural getaway.
Along with the Cathedral, nearby St Augustine's Abbey and St Martin's Church form a UNESCO World Heritage Site, so take advantage of one of the many walking trails and a guided tours with Canterbury Guided Walking Tours to fully appreciate the
city's extraordinary architecture, boutique shops, malls, and key attractions.
Canterbury's boldly modern Marlowe Theatre, built on the river bank is also emerging as one of the South East’s top theatres.
You will never be stuck for things to do in Canterbury, and its numerous attractions, hotels and restaurants will keep you coming back again and again.
At the heart of the walled city is the iconic Canterbury Cathedral, parts of which date back to the 11th century. The stunning structure welcomes visitors all year round, who come to gaze at the remarkable architecture and visit the very spot where Archbishop Thomas Becket was murdered in 1170. The cathedral remains a popular pilgrimage site and is a calm oasis in the bohemian city.
Just on the outskirts of Canterbury you will discover a traditional English pub with a stunning garden to enjoy your local beer. Whether you are popping in for a quick lunch or a dinner the whole family will enjoy, a visit to Tyler’s Kiln is perfect all year around.
The Seaside Museum, Herne Bay
Did you know the bouncing bomb was practiced in the waters just outside of Herne Bay, discover the Dambuster prototype ‘bomb’ from World War Two at the seaside museum. With many different events and collections throughout the year, a visit to the museum will be one to remember.
For an authentic Italian meal, A Casa Mia is the place to be. From the handmade dough to the traditional Neapolitan pizza over, A Casa Mia is serving you a slice of Naples in the beautiful seaside town of Herne Bay.
In the beautiful seaside town of Whitstable you will find the wonderful Whitstable museum, with a range of exhibitions for you to discover. From learning how the oyster trade shaped the town, to some of the worlds first diving helmets. Learn the history of the town and a fact or two to tell the family.
Orangery Tea Rooms, Whitstable
Enjoy the view of the magnificent Whitstable Castle whilst enjoying a freshly prepared lunch, treat yourself to their new mouth watering Castle Afternoon tea making it a lunch time to remember, perfect for a afternoon packed of exploring to do.
Sit back and enjoy a guided tour through Canterbury along the beautiful River Stour on a punting tour with Canterbury punting Company, relax and unwind as you are told the story of how Canterbury was many years age. You can even bring a picnic on your tour boat.
Chapman's Restaurant, Canterbury
Just a stone’s throw away from the cobbled high streets you will find the wonderful Chapman’s restaurant, serving you the finest fresh fish dishes. From all you cab eat mussels nights on a Wednesday to an extra special dining experience with their table top cooking.
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