Canterbury

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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

The Falstaff Hotel
The Falstaff Hotel
3 out of 5
8-10 St Dunstan Street Kent, Canterbury, England, CT2 8AF
The price is $69 per night from Aug 21 to Aug 22
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Canterbury. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and room service. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (998 reviews)
"Great location for getting around Canterbury. We were lucky enough to get a room upgrade so comfy room and huge bed. Friendly barstaff and and good cocktails. Managed to park at the hotel but alternative parking was available close by and easy to access."

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2022

The Falstaff Hotel
Hampton by Hilton Canterbury
Hampton by Hilton Canterbury
3 out of 5
7 St. Margaret's Street, Canterbury, England, CT1 2TP
The price is $80 per night from Aug 21 to Aug 22
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Canterbury. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and a 24-hour fitness center. Popular attractions Canterbury Cathedral ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (278 reviews)
Centrally located
"Hotel is centrally located and near the bus station, restaurants, pubs and historical sites. Easy check in and check out, breakfast was sufficient. Staff were great and attentive. The bed was comfortable although a bit hard for me, room was clean and tidy. Overall, lovely place to stay 😊"

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2022

Hampton by Hilton Canterbury
ABode Canterbury
ABode Canterbury
4 out of 5
30-33 High St, Canterbury, England, CT1 2RX
The price is $95 per night from Aug 23 to Aug 24
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Canterbury. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and 24-hour room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (996 reviews)
"Excellent location, newly remodeled, friendly staff"

Reviewed on Aug 1, 2022

ABode Canterbury
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.
Central Canterbury Apartment
Central Canterbury Apartment
3.5 out of 5
72 Union Street, Canterbury, England, CT1 1LP
Stay at this 3.5-star apartment in Canterbury. Enjoy free internet, free parking, and a garden. Popular attractions Canterbury Cathedral and St. Augustine's ...
3.2/5 (6 reviews)
Essex boy
"The appointment we stayed in was ok and close to town centre"

Reviewed on Mar 22, 2022

Central Canterbury Apartment
Luxury High Street Apartment
Luxury High Street Apartment
3.5 out of 5
16-17 High Street, Canterbury, England, CT1 2JE
Stay at this 3.5-star apartment in Canterbury. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and billiards or a pool table. Popular attractions Canterbury Cathedral and Royal ...
2/5 (2 reviews)
"This had been advertised as having free on site parking however this was not true. As noted in a previous review (from July 2021), the shower was not working and was running much too hot. Attempts were made to contact owner by email and phone but there was no response. The apartment was dirty and ..."

Reviewed on May 31, 2022

Luxury High Street Apartment
Forrester House
Forrester House
3.5 out of 5
8 Forester Close, Canterbury, England, CT1 1DY
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly cottage in Canterbury. Enjoy free WiFi, a garden, and laundry facilities. Our guests praise the comfy beds and the property ...
2.7/5 (6 reviews)
Outrageous
"Disgusted we were meant to leave had all out things packed gor a random message cancelling. Hard to get through and it turns out vrbo had bad communication with the host. Kids were crying it was awful"

Reviewed on Jun 23, 2021

Forrester House
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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