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Seven Things to Do in Canterbury

Once a Roman settlement, Canterbury is an important city in Britain's cultural heritage. Get ready to enjoy a mix of the best of Kent's offerings--from exotic wild animals, to ancient medieval city gates and even the hospital famous for its hospitality. Canterbury will be a whirlwind!

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St Augustine's Cathedral

Founded in the sixth century as a Benedictine monastery, Saint Augustine's Cathedral finished its career as a place of worship during the English Reformation. Luckily for visitors, it was restored in the 19th century.

Canterbury Cathedral

The Canterbury Cathedral is a historically important pilgrimage. In fact, the cathedral is one of the oldest and most important Christian structures.

Beaney House of Art and Knowledge

At your visit to the Beaney House you may appreciate art by some of the old masters dating as far back as the 16th century. You'll also gain some historical knowledge through the museums many well preserved artifacts.

Canterbury Roman Museum

For family fun, look no further than the Canterbury Roman Museum. Learn about the Roman heritage of Canterbury through interactive and life-size exhibitions. Plus, the museum offers free entrance for kids.

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Eastbridge Hospital of St Thomas the Martyr

The historic hospital of Eastbridge will have you feeling English hospitality in full form. The hospital once catered to poor pilgrims and was renowned for the affordable care it offered.

Howletts Wild Animal Park

You could come to Howletts Wild Animal Park several times before you ever saw the same animals again. Depending on the time of day, the natural habitat of the park changes quite drastically.


This medieval gate is made from Kentish ragstone and remains as the last of seven gates built in the same time period. Considered to be a hallmark of Canterbury, Westgate is the biggest surviving gate in all of England.

Planning Your Canterbury Visit

How to Get Around Canterbury?

Low-cost methods of transport in Canterbury include bike rentals and using your own two feet. There are also buses, rails, and trains. Plus, locals and visitors alike are into carsharing, which is a modern alternative to the car rental.

What to Eat in Canterbury?

While you're staying in Canterbury, you'd be hard-pressed to find better seafood anywhere else. Slurp down some oysters and visit the local farmer's markets for the freshest fish. Afterwards, nibble on some cherries or visit an apple orchard and taste the fruit of fertile soil.

Good to Know

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  • Best time to visit
    The best time to visit Canterbury is in the summer. From June to August you'll find the sunniest skies Canterbury has to offer. If you're more in the mood for a winter holiday, stop by to see the snowfall in the colder months.

Things to Do in Canterbury

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What People Are Saying About Canterbury

Great trip to see some wonderful history

Leeds castle was excellent So was Canterbury Bus driver richard did a great job Martina was a fantastic narrator

Wonderful day exploring southern England!

Leeds Castle by FAR was one of the best castles I have been to in England. It was beautiful both inside and out! I felt like I was transported back to when the castle was in its prime! Dover - I though we were actually going to the cliffs that were near Dover castle but it was not even close. We got to stop and had a nice opportunity for a couple photos, but that was all. I expected more of the "white cliffs" of Dover!! Canterbury Cathedral was pretty beautiful. Again, needed more time to explore.
Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral & Dover Day Trip Reviewed by Heather, 07/13/2016

Great guide, funny driver great dynamic between the two.

Frank was probably the best guide I ever had. It's amazing we got a guy like him. His knowledge is impressive but what got me is that he can be perfectly at ease conversing on different levels of interest and understanding. Highly informative and fun tour. Thank you .

Excellent tour. Funny and informative. Great fun.

We really enjoyed this. John is a great character. We found the tour informative and funny and would not hesitate to recommend this to anyone.

More of a history tour than a ghost store, but still a great night!

It was more focused on the history of the city, pointing out things that you had never stopped to notice before, nevertheless it was a very funny and fascinating evening, which I would recommend to all.
Canterbury Ghost Tour: History, Haunting & Humor Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 06/02/2013

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