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CanterburyUnited Kingdom

The old English charm of this university city is evident in its cobblestone streets, glorious cathedrals, fairy tale attractions and many pubs. 

Venture to the heart of Kent, between the countryside and the coast, and you’ll find the historical gem that is Canterbury. Explore fascinating traditions and religious landmarks, shop along the King’s Mile, enjoy family attractions or cruise along the river.

Start your day with breakfast at The Goods Shed. This permanent farmers market has an on-site restaurant that uses locally sourced produce.

Head to the three landmarks that preserve the long history of Christianity in England and together form a World Heritage Site. Delight in the soaring spires of the sixth-century Canterbury Cathedral and the humble ruins of St. Augustine’s Abbey. Make the short walk to St. Martin’s Church, England’s oldest operating parish. In the church’s cemetery, visit the grave of famed artist Thomas Sidney Cooper. Then, see his legacy in the Sidney Cooper gallery.

Explore the peaceful Westgate gardens and enjoy the views of the medieval Westgate Towers. Another medieval landmark is the Canterbury Castle, built by William the Conqueror.

Take the kids to The Canterbury Tales, an attraction that recreates medieval life by bringing to life five of Geoffrey Chaucer’s stories.

Nature lovers will like the Howletts Wild Animal Park with its herd of African elephants. Or, drive out to and hike around Ightham Mote, a historic countryside house with restaurant. At the end of the day, join the lively Canterbury pub scene and toast to this charming city.

Canterbury is 1 hour from London by train and about 75 minutes from Gatwick airport by car. The town has a pedestrian-friendly downtown that is also great for cycling. There is a good local bus system, and trains and buses from Canterbury also give easy access to France, due to their connections to the ferry in Dover and the Eurostar high-speed train.

Because it is so easy to visit and explore beautiful Canterbury, you’ll need a good excuse for not coming to see one of England’s favorite destinations!

Where to stay in Canterbury

Top Hotels in Canterbury

Broome Park Hotel
Broome Park Hotel
4 out of 5
Canterbury Road, Barham, Canterbury, England
The price is $72 per night from Feb 3 to Feb 4

Situated in Canterbury, this golf aparthotel is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Lydden Hill Race Circuit and 1.2 mi (2 km) from Broome Park Golf Club. Wingham Wildlife ...

4.2/5Excellent! (269 reviews)

"Lovely, relaxing stay in a beautiful building. Furniture is a little dated but clean and comfortable and our room was very spacious with garden views. The only downside was the shower pressure and limited hot water but this wasn't a big problem and the front desk were very helpful in providing a ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2020

Broome Park Hotel
The Victoria Hotel
The Victoria Hotel
3 out of 5
59 London Road, Canterbury, England
The price is $74 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2

Situated in Canterbury, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of St. Dunstan's Church, Marlowe Theatre, and Canterbury Cathedral. University of Kent and Canterbury ...

4.2/5Very Good! (581 reviews)

"It was just what we wanted. We will return as we felt safe and comfortable."…"

Reviewed on Nov 24, 2020

The Victoria Hotel
Greyfriars Lodge
Greyfriars Lodge
3.5 out of 5
6 STOUR STREET, Canterbury, England
Free Cancellation
The price is $77 per night from Feb 2 to Feb 3

Located in the heart of Canterbury, this lodge is steps from Royal Museum and Art Gallery and Marlowe Theatre. Canterbury Cathedral and Canterbury Christ Church ...

3.3/5 (92 reviews)
All good

"We were looking for somewhere comfortable, central, safe and cheap, and got all of that! No complaints"…"

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2020

Greyfriars Lodge
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Canterbury

Broome Park Hotel
Broome Park Hotel
4 out of 5
Canterbury Road, Barham, Canterbury, England
The price is $72 per night from Feb 3 to Feb 4

Situated in Canterbury, this golf aparthotel is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Lydden Hill Race Circuit and 1.2 mi (2 km) from Broome Park Golf Club. Wingham Wildlife ...

4.2/5Excellent! (269 reviews)

"Lovely, relaxing stay in a beautiful building. Furniture is a little dated but clean and comfortable and our room was very spacious with garden views. The only downside was the shower pressure and limited hot water but this wasn't a big problem and the front desk were very helpful in providing a ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2020

Broome Park Hotel
Forrester House
Forrester House
3.5 out of 5
8 Forester Close, Canterbury, England

Situated in Canterbury, this cottage is within 1 mi (2 km) of St. Martin's Church, Canterbury Christ Church University, and Marlowe Theatre. Canterbury Cathedral ...

3/5 (5 reviews)
Great space for a family weekend

"The house is great, and rooms were all exceptionally clean however there was a lack of crockery/mugs/cooking trays etc. We greatly enjoyed our stay and would book again. The check in process could be improved, the property manager did not reply to my messages and I had to call the helpline to confirm ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 19, 2020

Forrester House
Hawthorn Farm Cottages
Hawthorn Farm Cottages
3.5 out of 5
Corner Drove, Ware, Ash, Canterbury, England

Situated in the historical district, this cottage is 3.5 mi (5.7 km) from Wingham Wildlife Park and within 12 mi (20 km) of Royal St George's Golf Club and The ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (8 reviews)

"Beautiful setting next to pear orchards. Steve and Tina were very helpful explaining all the Covid safety stuff before we arrived. The cottage itself was clean and tidy with a lovely private garden and well equipped with some very modern touches. All in all we were extremely impressed with the setup ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2020

Hawthorn Farm Cottages
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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