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Things to do in Canterbury

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Church
“Canterbury Cathedral in Canterbury, Kent, is one of the oldest and most famous Christian structures in England. It forms part of a World Heritage Site. It is the cathedral of the Archbishop of Canterbury, currently Justin Welby, leader of the Church of England and symbolic leader of the worldwide Anglican Communion.”
  • 89 locals recommend
Theatre
“Modern theatre for Shakespeare, musicals and stand-up with a studio for contemporary performances. Just 20 minutes drive up the A2!”
  • 37 locals recommend
Café
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“If you are visiting Canterbury this is a great place to buy local farm produce and it is possible to have lunch there...... best to book. (Can be a bit chilly as it is a warehouse)”
  • 31 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Shipped off to Australia Beaney made his money hoaxing people in small Australian outback towns that he was a visiting dignitary, no internet! He sent the money home to build the institute:-)”
  • 15 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
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“This is an old favourite, the appearance, menu and great food has not really changed in decades....and it is always busy which suggests they got it right years ago!”
  • 18 locals recommend
Bar
“The Pound Bar & Kitchen has been voted by the public as Kent's Best Bar in the Muddy Stilettos Awards! Serving a spectacular range of handmade cocktails using premium ingredients and celebrating the best local products from Kent "The Garden of England". The Pound is home to a very British menu and has an exciting list of local beers, ciders, English wine and houses one of the city's largest gin selections. The bar is set within Canterbury's atmospheric former c1830 city gaol, gaoler's house and c1907 police station, providing many unique settings to enjoy cocktails and our fine selection of drinks, including in the 3 beautifully restored former police cells and on our picturesque riverside terrace. Explore England's largest surviving Medieval gateway in the adjoining Westgate Towers Museum & Viewpoint (free when you dine with us) and our award winning Escape Room attraction set in the original cells from c1830!”
  • 13 locals recommend
Cinema
“A lovely welcoming cinema showing a wide range of independent films. Cosy lounge area filled with games and books. Afternoon screens can be enjoyed with great tea and coffee and a range of snacks and there is an extensive wine selection for evening films. As well as the rich film programme, the cinema shows live opera, ballet and theatre. ”
  • 13 locals recommend
Park
“A lovely walk along the river Stour through gardens, playground, and later on, fields. The footpath continues all the way to Chartham!”
  • 8 locals recommend
History Museum
“This is a "working" museum, the characters will bring the story of Canterbury to life on your visit!”
  • 10 locals recommend
Shopping Plaza
“Perfect for a bit of retail therapy! A modern shopping area within a historic city ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Historic Site
“St Augustine's Abbey was a Benedictine monastery in Canterbury, Kent, England. The abbey was founded in 598 and functioned as a monastery until its dissolution in 1538 during the English Reformation. After the abbey's dissolution, it underwent dismantlement until 1848. Since 1848, part of the site has been used for educational purposes and the abbey ruins have been preserved for their historical value.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Bus Station
“Transport Bus 1A from canterbury Bus station will drop you at the bottom of Howfield Lane. ​ Taxi £10 from Canterbury Bus station ​ Cycling 10mins from Canterbury ​ Walking 35mins along the River Stour towards Ashford ​ Train High Speed 45mins from London st pancras to canterbury west station £36 return”
  • 6 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“You don't need to go to Italy for a truly authentic Italian restaurant - we have one right here! Open over 30 years, this a gem with phenomenal food. Please say hello to the lovely owners, Dee and Massimo!”
  • 5 locals recommend
Mediterranean Restaurant
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“Love this restaurant for the place, the atmosphere and the food. Great fish dishes and pizzas.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Museum
“Step back in to the history of Canterbury with this museum, tip: your need a jacket or jumper when you travel through the tunnels - its cold under ground! ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Place of worship
“Canterbury cathedral in Canterbury is one of the oldest and most famous Christian Structures in England. Its absolutely breath taking and well worth a visit, about a twenty minute drive, but you will get parking close by.”
  • 8 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Café
“If you are visiting Canterbury this is a great place to buy local farm produce and it is possible to have lunch there...... best to book. (Can be a bit chilly as it is a warehouse)”
  • 31 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
“This is an old favourite, the appearance, menu and great food has not really changed in decades....and it is always busy which suggests they got it right years ago!”
  • 18 locals recommend
Bar
“The Pound Bar & Kitchen has been voted by the public as Kent's Best Bar in the Muddy Stilettos Awards! Serving a spectacular range of handmade cocktails using premium ingredients and celebrating the best local products from Kent "The Garden of England". The Pound is home to a very British menu and has an exciting list of local beers, ciders, English wine and houses one of the city's largest gin selections. The bar is set within Canterbury's atmospheric former c1830 city gaol, gaoler's house and c1907 police station, providing many unique settings to enjoy cocktails and our fine selection of drinks, including in the 3 beautifully restored former police cells and on our picturesque riverside terrace. Explore England's largest surviving Medieval gateway in the adjoining Westgate Towers Museum & Viewpoint (free when you dine with us) and our award winning Escape Room attraction set in the original cells from c1830!”
  • 13 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“You don't need to go to Italy for a truly authentic Italian restaurant - we have one right here! Open over 30 years, this a gem with phenomenal food. Please say hello to the lovely owners, Dee and Massimo!”
  • 5 locals recommend
Mediterranean Restaurant
“Love this restaurant for the place, the atmosphere and the food. Great fish dishes and pizzas.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
“Further afield, but if you are looking for a good night out its worth the trip.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Café
“For an easy breakfast and a great coffee, the Refectory is just round the corner and offers indoor dining with a beautiful fireplace as well as tables outside”
  • 7 locals recommend
Moroccan Restaurant
  • 6 locals recommend

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