As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, major historic centre and Kent’s most popular tourist destination, it’s no wonder that the Canterbury is one of the most popular cities in England. Canterbury is famous for its impressive cathedral, magnificent castle and the oldest church in the country, St. Martin’s! and thousands of tourists flock to this magnificent medieval city every year.
Canterbury has no shortage of historic sights and activities. However, if you look beyond what you see at first glance, you’ll soon discover that within these ancient walls there are hidden Many lesser-known treasures. Here are our picks for the 12 best places to visit.
Go back in time by taking a Canterbury Tales tour.
‘Canterbury Tales’ is arguably the city’s most popular attraction, costumed via Geoffrey Chaucer’s famous collection of pilgrimage tales Guided tours that bring literature to life. As you follow your guide alongside the pilgrims, you’ll find yourself in the midst of their journey from London to Canterbury to visit St. Thomas’ In a storytelling competition during the Becket Sanctuary. You will direct your own story of five pilgrims about infidelity, love, intrigue, courtship and death in a recreated medieval scene Bringing it to life for you. The prize for the best storyteller on the Legendary Pilgrimage is a free dinner paid for by the loser. It’s a great way to provide a fun new road trip game for families.
Location St Margaret’s Street Open April to August. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily from September to October; and every Wednesday from November to March Through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Best known for its crooked appearance and delightfully quirky layout, one wonders how the St. John’s Boys House came to be in such a Still standing years later. This 17th-century, three-story, half-timbered house with an unusual slant makes it an Instagrammable The perfect stopping point. But don’t go just yet, the real secret of St. John’s Boys House is what’s inside; it’s an entirely volunteer-run used bookstore for the Street people in Canterbury and Kent are making money. The bookshop, called Catching Lives Books, is funded entirely by donations and contains A collection of well-preserved classics, whether you’re a fan of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice or Charles’ A Dickens fan (he even wrote about the house in 1849). An Instagram hotspot for a worthy cause? Why not?
Location: 28 Palace Street, Hours: 10am-5pm Monday-Sunday.
Watching the sunset at Dane John Gardens
Take a romantic stroll through the historic Dane John Gardens in the centre of Canterbury. Known as a former Roman cemetery, the gardens were transformed into a civic park between 1790 and 1803, having previously served as a A castle used for almost seven centuries. In spring, the park blooms with tulips and the impressive white terrace house is cleverly surrounded by many iridescent flower beds. The best kept secret in the city? Bring a bottle of cheap wine and head to one of the garden’s viewing platforms at sunset to watch Canterbury bask in the warm sunshine. Leave Nicholas Sparks out of it, because it’s more romantic than The Notebook.
Marvel at the world famous Canterbury Cathedral.
Known for being the mother church of the Anglican Church and the seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Canterbury Cathedral lives up to its reputation. With over 1,500 years of history, Canterbury Cathedral is one of the oldest and most important cathedrals in England, and it boasts beautifully carved The spires and hand-painted stained glass windows. A visit to Canterbury would not be complete without a visit to this breathtaking Gothic building, which, since 1070, has experienced With the threat of fire, restoration and modernization. Also, if you like mysteries, this is the place where Thomas Becket died, having been murdered here by a knight of Henry II. This Kent’s most visited attraction is definitely a reason not to miss it.
Location Cathedral House, 11 The Precincts Opening Hours. Monday – Saturday 9:00-5:30 Sunday 9:00-4:30
Salsa dancing in Cuban bars
Yeah, you read that right… you read that right… The Cuban is not only a popular destination for many Canterbury students, it’s also a great place to grab a bite to eat! menu and its own Cocktail Bar serving everything from fresh Mojitos to tequila, it’s also The venue for Latin dance nights in town. Every Saturday night from 8 to 10 p.m., the bar hosts a live salsa band, encouraging many loyal visitors to participate in the Come in a feast of Latin dance. But don’t worry, no dance skills are required here. Everything is fun at the Cuban Bar, so why not sign up for one of their cocktail master classes? You’re guaranteed a great mojito.
Location: 41b, 43 High Street HOURS Thursday 12pm-3am Friday 5pm-3am Saturday 12pm-12am Monday 10pm-3am Closed Sunday & Tuesday.
Sample local food at the Good Shed.
Kent is known as England’s garden, blossoming nature and delicious local produce, while The Good Shed’s farmers’ market and food hall has it all. It’s where you can buy fresh peonies to decorate your windowsill, gaze longingly at ruby red Kent strawberries, and you can Taste some of the best cheeses in the county, get fresh fish and meat from the butcher’s shop or fish stall, have a delicious cocktail at the Sample their freshly made pasta at their Italian restaurant, Caruso Pastificio. The market is located in an old red brick railroad freight shed that was converted in 2002 by Susanna Sait, a farmer’s daughter A food space she dreamed up to create a market community. Spanish-born chef Rafael Sanchez has transformed Good Shed’s restaurant into a true The Destination. A true gem and the perfect place for every foodie visitor to Canterbury.
Location Station Road West Opening hours Tuesday to Saturday 8am-11pm Sunday 9am-11pm Closed Monday.
Treasure Hunt at the Courtyard Bazaar
Open on the first Saturday of every month, Courtyard Bazaar brings vintage glamour to the people of Canterbury. Whether you’re looking for the perfect 60s dress for a themed party or a glamorous coat to channel your inner Audrey Hepburn, or just want to shop around, this vintage and artisanal market is a great place for all shopaholics and fashion lovers alike! . If you’re lucky, you may even be able to strike a few special deals.
Location: St Peter’s Street Time: First Saturday of every month, 10am Point to 5pm.
Escape the hustle and bustle of the city
The ancient walls were first built by the Romans between 270 and 280 AD and are surrounded by vivid canals in Canterbury Meandering. On a sunny day, it’s a beautiful walk along the canal to the Old Stour Water Mill on Mill Lane. The river is also a great way to explore the city, with the Canterbury Historic Riverwalk Tour River Tours) is a favourite in the city and captures the imagination of adults and children alike. Float aboard or down the river and witness Canterbury from a whole new perspective. Tours offer a unique vantage point to view some of the city’s most stunning architecture and historic buildings. If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of downtown Canterbury while exploring the heart of the city in a way that is only accessible by water, the It’s a good choice. All ship captains.
Location Kings Bridge Open Monday to Sunday 10am to 5pm.
Get your daily caffeine fix
Like most cities, the people of Canterbury love their coffee, and in a narrow house on St. Margaret’s Street, you’ll Discover the charming artisanal cafe, The Micro Roastery.This independent coffee shop is the perfect place for this City favorites roast their own coffee in small batches in order to provide their customers with the freshest and most aromatic coffee possible. Although it must be said that their Chai Tea Latte is not to be underestimated. Whether you’re meeting up with an old friend or having your first coffee date, this charming café has the perfect atmosphere for any occasion! .
Location: 4 St. Margaret’s Street Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00-6:00 Saturday 9:00-6:00 6:00 pm Sunday 10:00-5:00 pm
Spring and the Vibrancy of Forest Bluebonnets
Canterbury is located in the heart of the Garden of England, where nature awakens from its slumber in the spring and the sea of hyacinths floods the forest. Walking from the university campus towards the city centre, a forest path is perfect for an afternoon stroll, if you want a proper nature walk. Instead, visit Gommersham Park, just 15 minutes from Canterbury city centre. The best time to visit is in mid-May, when the hyssop is in full bloom.
Make time for lunch.
Whether you’re on a diet or not, Skinny Kitchen’s vibrant menu will appeal to everyone. This charming restaurant caters to health-conscious diners looking for something new to tantalize their taste buds, reimagining an old classic! Dishes like avocado toast, but also the most colorful and unique smoothies in town. Try one of their delicious Skinny Bunny or Superfood City smoothies? There’s nothing like the food on these plates to inspire healthy eating. If you eat lunch here, you won’t feel too bad about not working out in the morning, that’s for sure. While their name may scare some people, Skinny Kitchen is clean, healthy everyday food. Who knew green veggies could taste so good?
LOCATION 7A St. Peter’s Street OPEN: Monday-Thursday 9:00-9:00, Friday-Saturday 9: 00 – 10:00, Sunday 9:00 – 5:00.
Levels up at Mario’s Car
It may sound a little unorthodox when you’re playing computer games in the heart of one of England’s historic centres, but this retro video Empire of Games is the place to be.Level Up Games, located on Canterbury High Street, is the place to be for any A gamer’s dream world with its collection of vintage video games that includes everything from Sonic to Pokémon. This nostalgia-filled store sells games, but if you have a goldmine of a collection you’d like to share, this is also the place to trade. Fancy a friendly game of Mario Cart before dinner, but don’t want to buy it? Don’t worry – you’ll be able to play these evocative games when you visit this fantastic shop.
Location: 40 Palace Street Opening Times: tuesday – saturday 10.30am-5.30pm pm Monday 11am-5.30pm Sunday 11am-4pm