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65 Best Canterbury Attractions Every Tourist Must See

Nestled in the south of England is Canterbury, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the region. It is famous mostly for its cathedrals, and it was once the last stop for pilgrims trying to complete their religious journey. Thousands of people would visit each year to show their devotion to God, but now it is more common for tourists to learn of the pilgrims instead of becoming one themselves. It is still a perfect picture of the past with medieval buildings and gorgeous gardens, but it is also a hot spot for students and tourists.

 

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65 Most Popular Attractions in Canterbury

1. Odeon Cinema Canterbury

  • £10
  • +44 871 224 4007
  • Odeon Cinema Canterbury, Saint George's Subway, Canterbury CT1 1UP, UK
  • Daily

2. Canterbury City Walls

  • Free
  • City Wall, Canterbury CT1 2SY, UK
  • Daily

3. Canterbury Heritage Museum

  • Adults £8
  • +44 1227 475202
  • Canterbury Heritage Museum, Stour Street, Canterbury, United Kingdom
  • Daily 11am-5pm

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. Grove Ferry Picnic Site

  • Upon booking
  • +44 1303 266327
  • The Grove Ferry Inn, Grove Ferry Road, Upstreet, United Kingdom
  • Daily

6. Saracens Lantern

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

7. Canterbury Historic River Tours

  • Adult £9.50 Child £6.50
  • +44 7790 534744
  • Canterbury Historic River Tours Visitor Attraction, Saint Peter's Street, Canterbury, United Kingdom
  • Sun-Sat 10am-5pm

8. Rhodes Minnis Cat Sanctuary

  • £10 per person
  • 01303862243
  • Rhodes Minnis Cat Sanctuary, Rhodes Minnis, United Kingdom
  • Daily 10am-1pm & 2pm-4pm

9. 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

10. Gulbenkian Theatre

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

11. Steinbeck & Shaw

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

12. Westgate Towers

  • Free
  • +44 1227 458629
  • CANTERBURY WESTGATE TOWERS, Canterbury, United Kingdom
  • Sun-Sat 11am-4pm

13. Fordwich Town Hall

  • Adult £2 Child: Free
  • +44 1227 710326
  • Fordwich Town Hall, King Street, Sturry, United Kingdom
  • Sun 1.30pm-4pm

14. Canterbury Ghost Tour

  • Adult £10 Child £8.50
  • 0845 519 0267
  • Canterbury Ghost Tours, Saint Margaret's Street, Canterbury, United Kingdom
  • Sun-Thu 10am-11pm Fri-Sat 8pm-9:30pm

15. Curzon Canterbury

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

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.

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