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65 Popular Attractions in Canterbury

The city of Canterbury is in the south west of England, and has a long history still evident in the buildings of the city today.

Top Attractions

Canterbury’s World Heritage site includes Canterbury (Christchurch) Cathedral and Precinct, St Martins Church and St Augustine’s Abbey. St Martins is the oldest church still in use in the English world. The Cathedral was founded in 597 AD and has been a site of pilgrimage for many of the years since. It was the site of the murder of Thomas Becket in 1170 and Geoffrey Chaucer’s book ‘The Canterbury Tales’ is based upon pilgrims visiting Becket’s shrine. Canterbury s also one of five ‘Magna Carta’ towns in England, with many historic ruins and buildings including the City Walls.

Kids & Family

Educate your kids about the history of the city in a fun way by visiting the Canterbury Roman Museum, or the Canterbury Heritage Museum. They will enjoy a trip to the Canterbury Labyrinth for an amazing time! Another outing the kids may really think is fun is a Ghost Tour, exploring the streets with an eye to spooks!

Shopping & Nightlife

With a long history, the Buttermarket is a great place to shop in Canterbury. Whitefriars is the biggest shopping centre in the area and sure to have everything you desire. As the home to 40,000 students, Canterbury has a very active nightlife, with bars, pubs, dancehalls and whatever you desire.

Day Tours

For a great day out, start with a Historic River Tour, combining the scenes of the River Stour. You could drive to Dover to see the White Cliffs or the Dover Castle. Rochester, with links to Charles Dickens, is nearby as are both Hever Castle (Anne Boleyn’s home) and Leeds Castle. Greenwich is also very handy for day trips.

3. Saracens Lantern

  • Free
  • +44 1227 451968
  • The Saracens Lantern Antiques, Borough, Canterbury, England CT1 2DR, United Kingdom
  • Sat 10am-3pm

4. Club Chemistry

  • Upon booking
  • +44 1227 462520
  • Club Chemistry, Station Road East, Canterbury, United Kingdom
  • Wed-Thu 10pm-3am Fri 10pm-4am Sat 10pm-6am

5. Curzon Canterbury

  • Adult £13-£10.50 Child £8
  • +44 330 500 1331
  • Curzon Canterbury, Westgate Hall Road, Canterbury, United Kingdom
  • Times vary by show

6. Canterbury Golf Club

  • Upon booking
  • +44 1227 453532
  • Canterbury Golf Club and Driving Range, Littlebourne Road, Canterbury, England CT1 1TW, United Kingdom
  • Daily 7:30am-7pm

7. Gulbenkian Theatre

  • Upon booking
  • +44 1227 769075
  • Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury, United Kingdom
  • Daily

8. Steinbeck & Shaw

  • Upon booking
  • +44 1227 761276
  • Steinbeck and Shaw Canterbury, Saint George's Place, Canterbury, United Kingdom
  • Mon-Sat 6pm-2am

9. Mouton Rouge Wine Merchants

  • £15 per ticket
  • +44 1227 451422
  • Mouton Rouge Wine Merchants, Saint Dunstans Street, Canterbury, United Kingdom
  • Daily 10am-9pm

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