Unmissable Experiences in Canterbury

If you’re looking to visit a quintessentially English city with culture and history around every corner, look no further than Canterbury, surrounded by the lush Kent countryside. Canterbury’s compact size means it can easily be explored within a weekend, but with so much to see and do, you could easily spend longer in this captivating cathedral city.

From riverboat tours to an array of fascinating museums, there are a whole host of ways to discover what Canterbury is all about. Here are just a handful of the amazing experiences just waiting to be had in Canterbury.

– Post in collaboration with Bramley + Teal

Canterbury Cathedral

It’s hard to miss the cathedral during your visit, it stands at the heart of the city. The seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury and the focus of Chaucer’s class Canterbury Tales, the cathedral is recognised as a World Heritage Site, with origins going back as far as the sixth century.

Among what waits inside is a Romanesque crypt from the 11th century and a medieval stained-glass window detailing the life of famous archbishop Thomas Becket. The ruins of St Martin’s Church and St Augustine’s Abbey can also be found close by, waiting to be explored.

Canterbury Roman Museum

Built around the remains of an original Roman town house, the Canterbury Roman Museum offers an amazing insight into Roman Britain, illustrated with stunning real-life examples. Over the past 150 years, archaeologists have discovered numerous treasures at the site, including a beautifully preserved Roman floor mosaic, wall paintings and even an early version of an under-floor heating system.

Alongside these unique marvels, the collection comprises of a host of items and artefacts, ranging from pottery to armour and jewellery.

The Goods Shed

Home to a farmers’ market, food hall and restaurant, The Goods Shed is a food heaven. Its restaurant is brilliant to visit at any time of day – wake up with a build-your-own breakfast, enjoy a locally-sourced lunch or gather up your friends for their special evening banquets. For a smaller refreshment, the Wild Goose offers tapas-style dishes alongside an English garden-themed cocktail menu.

For tasty goodies to take home, the daily farmers’ market is a must. Home to a cheesemonger, vegetable store, bakery, winery and charcuteries amongst others, it offers the very best of food and drink produced in and around Canterbury.

Westgate Parks

If you’re looking to enjoy the outdoors during your visit to the city, Westgate Parks is a brilliant place to get your fix. The park is made up of four different landscape areas, following the River Stour out into the city’s surrounding countryside.

Walk amongst Canterbury’s showpiece gardens, Westgate Gardens and enjoy the large green space of Tannery Field, decorated with a bull sculpture, celebrating the area’s former life as a tannery. Wildlife lovers will be captivated by the Bingley Island Nature Reserve, where the river, willows and tall trees attract a myriad of wildlife. The Parks are also a great day out for kids – there are hours of fun to be had at Toddler’s Cove, with its play area.

Canterbury Historic River Tours

Boating and punting is a classic pastime in Canterbury, and a boat trip along the River Stour to see the sights is an absolute must. The Canterbury Historic River Tours offer a gentle tour of the city, with its itinerary featuring landmarks such as The Greyfriars, an island crowned with a 13th century chapel; the King’s Bridge; the 12th century Eastbridge Hospital; Canterbury Cathedral and the Marlowe Theatre.

Along the way, your guide will give you everything you need to know about these famous landmarks and the real Canterbury. You can also see Canterbury in a different light with a special night tour, available during high season.

Beaney House of Art and Knowledge

As if the city itself isn’t enough, the Beaney House of Art and Knowledge offers even more of a culture fix for lovers of the arts. A library, visitor centre and art gallery all in one, it’s one of Kent’s main cultural hubs.

Among the highlights of Beaney House are the full collection of works by Thomas Sidney Cooper, a notable Victorian artist and interactive exhibits for all ages.

Staying in Canterbury

Canterbury is the perfect destination for a city break, whether you love culture, history or simply sight-seeing. A day in Canterbury just wouldn’t do it justice – it’s definitely worth staying at least a few days to take in every corner of the city. If you’re looking to stay in comfort, Bramley & Teal is highly recommended. They offer a variety of holiday cottages in the Canterbury area and across Kent – your own private retreat after a day exploring the city.

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