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Things to do in Canterbury

Scenic cathedral city with a great heritage and history

Are you looking for things to do in Canterbury? We've got plenty of great ideas for you across the city.

Known for...   Canterbury Cathedral and Canterbury Tales


Did you know...

  • There is no evidence that 14th century writer Geoffrey Chaucer, author of the "Canterbury Tales", ever visited the city.
  • St Martin's Church, Canterbury, is the oldest parish church in England and has been in continuous use since at least the 6th century.
  • St Augustine founded the original Canterbury Cathedral (the first in England) on the site soon after he arrived in 597 AD.



 

  Attractions

Canterbury River Tours

Enjoy a river tour of Canterbury.
The Ducking Stool
Kings Bridge
Canterbury
CT1 2AT

Recommended by Sophia Lindstrom, London

 

Canterbury Cathedral FREE

World famous cathedral attraction.
The Precincts
Canterbury
CT1 2EH

01227865350

 

St Augustine's Abbey

English Heritage - This great abbey, marking the rebirth of Christianity in southern England, was founded shortly after AD 597.
Longport
Canterbury
Kent
CT1 1PF

 

Conduit House

English Heritage - The Conduit House is part of the monastic waterworks which supplied nearby St Augustine's Abbey.
King's Park
Canterbury
Kent
CT1 1YW

 

The Canterbury Tales

Visitor Attraction.
23 Hawks Lane
Canterbury
CT1 2NU

01227479227

 

Wingham Wildlife Park

Animal reserve specialising in exotic birds and small animals.
Rusham Road
Shatterling
CT3 1JL

01227720836

Recommended by Jody Whiting, Kent
“'The entry fee is very reasonable, the staff are amazingly friendly and there is a huge selection of animals, a real day out at an amazing price. This is a family favourite!'”

 

Howletts Wild Animal Park

Great family day out.
Bekesbourne Lane
Canterbury
CT4 5EL

01227721286

 

Druidstone Park

Enchanted woodland and animal park.
Honey Hill
Canterbury
CT2 9JR

01227765168

 

Wildwood Discovery Park

Welcome to Wildwood, where you can come nose-to-nose with British Wildlife past and present. We have over 200 native animals.
Herne Common
Herne Bay
Kent
CT6 7LQ

 

Slow Summer Snail Farm

Visit Kent's Slow Summer Snail Farm during one of this season's special events or make a group booking.
Brogdale Farm, Brogdale Road
Faversham
Kent
ME13 8XZ

 

Whitstable Castle And Gardens FREE

Set in an idyllic environment near the centre of the town, incorporates a bowling club, a picnic area, an art gallery and tea room.
The Gate House
Tower Hill
Whitstable
CT5 2BW

01227281726

Recommended by Helena Garston, Ashford

 

Herne Bay Mini Golf

Our on site outdoor 18 hole Mini Golf is fabulous fun for the whole family. We have club sizes for everyone.
136-145 Central Parade
Herne Bay
Kent
CT6 8SS

 

Faversham Stone Chapel (Our Lady Of Elverton)

English Heritage - The ruins of the small Anglo-Saxon and medieval chapel of Stone-next-Faversham.
near Faversham
Kent
ME13 0TB

 

Maison Dieu

English Heritage - Originating as a 13th-century wayside hospital, this flint and timber-framed building displays Roman artefacts.
near Faversham
Kent
ME13 8NS

 
 

  Museums

Beaney House Of Art & Knowledge FREE

The Beaney is an Art Museum and Library situated in the heart of the historic city of Canterbury.
18 High Street
Canterbury
Kent
CT1 2RA

 

Canterbury Heritage Museum

Includes Anglo-Saxon treasures, Oliver Postgate's Thomas Becket story, the Tudors, Joseph Conrad's study, the Blitz gallery & more.
Stour Street
Canterbury
CT1 2NR

 

Canterbury Roman Museum

Descend 100 years with each step or by lift to the Roman street level. Stroll through the marketplace and recreated Roman rooms.
Longmarket
Butchery Lane
Canterbury
CT1 2JR

 

Whitstable Museum And Gallery

Its unique seafaring history is explored, including oyster fishing, diving and shipbuilding.
5 Oxford Street
Whitstable
Kent
CT5 1DB

 

Herne Bay Museum And Gallery

Displays include local paintings, prints and photos, mammoth tucks and fossils from local beaches, coastal wildlife.
8 William Street
Herne Bay
CT6 5EJ

 
 

  Parks

Westgate Gardens FREE

This is one of the city’s showpiece gardens, admired and enjoyed by residents and visitors.
St Peter's Place
Canterbury
CT2 8BQ

 

Dane John Gardens FREE

The historic gardens, located within the city walls of Canterbury date back to 1551.
Watling Street
Canterbury
CT1 2UD

 

Toddlers Cove FREE

For many, Toddlers Cove has become a starting point for the Great Stour Way, a path shared by pedestrians and cyclists.
Whitehall Road
Canterbury
CT2 8NL

 

Bingley Island And Tannery Field FREE

Bingley means ‘within a river’. It is still encircled by The Stour and its tributaries.
off Whitehall Road
Canterbury
CT2 8NL

 

Memorial Park FREE

Despite its relatively young age the park now forms an integral part of the town and is the largest public space in Herne Bay.
Spenser Road
Herne Bay
Kent
CT6 5QN

 
 

  Galleries

Lilford Art Gallery

Popular local gallery.
76a Castle Street
Canterbury
CT1 2QD

01227766616

 
 

  Bowling

Bugsy's Bowling

Ten-pin bowling centre.
St Georges Centre
St Georges Place
CT1 1UL

01227860296

 
 

  Cinema

Odeon Canterbury

Multi-screen cinema.
43-45 St Georges Place
Canterbury
CT1 1UP

03330144501

 

Curzon Cinema Cantebury

Independent cinema.
Westgate Hall Road
Cantebury
CT1 2BT

03333210104

 

Gulbenkian

Independent Cinema and Theatre.
University of Kent
Canterbury
CT2 7NB

01227769075

 
 

  Theatre

Marlowe Theatre

Astonishing new venue in the heart of the city.
The Friars
Canterbury
CT1 2AS

01227787787

 
 

  Comedy

Chatback Comedy Club

Hugely popular night out.
The Parrot Pub
1-9 Church Lane
CT1 2AG

 
 

  Golf

Boughton Golf Club

Golf Club.
Brickfield Lane
Faversham
Kent
ME13 9AJ

 

Canterbury Golf Club

Golf Club.
Scotland Hills
Canterbury
Kent
CT1 1TW

 

Chestfield Golf Club

Golf Club.
103 Chestfield Road
Whitstable
Kent
CT5 3LU

 

Faversham Golf Club

Golf Club.
Belmont Park
Faversham
Kent
ME13 0HB

 
 

  Leisure centres

Kingsmead Leisure Centre

Indoor sports opportunities from swimming to trampolining.
Kingsmead Road
Canterbury
CT2 7PH

01227769818

 

DW Fitness

Gym and fitness centre.
Unit 1-2
Maybrook Retail Park
CT1 1ZG

08443725358

 

Body And Mind Leisure

Health and fitness club.
Knight Avenue
Canterbury
CT2 8QA

01227766352

 

Fitness

Affordable gym and fitness centre.
21 Lower Bridge Street
Canterbury
CT1 2LG

01227478857

 

Pulse

Fitness club and gym.
Unit 7
St Georges Centre
CT1 1UL

01227767277

 

Herons Leisure Pool

Conveniently located near the town centre of Herne Bay and just a few hundred metres from the town’s attractive sea front.
William Street
Herne Bay
Kent
CT6 5NX

 

Faversham Swimming Pool

Come and pay us a visit where you can swim in our Indoor and Outdoor Pools from May to September.
Leslie Smith Drive
Faversham
ME13 8PW

 
 

  Walks

Curious About... Canterbury?

Take our fabulous walks of discovery around Canterbury.
Starts at:
The Butter Market
CT1 2EG

 
 

  Riding

Bursted Manor Riding Centre

Learn to ride.
Petts Bottom
Canterbury
CT4 6EH

01227830568

 

Trenley Park

Friendly riding school.
Trenley Lodge
Stodmarsh Road
CT3 4AR

01227789179

 

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