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Canterbury Cathedral

Canterbury , Kent , United Kingdom (UK)

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Exterior of the large cathedral on sunny day

One of the most beautiful cathedrals in Britain, with stained glass windows dating back to the 12th century. Home of the Church of England, and the final resting place of Thomas Becket.

Adult price: £14

Best for ages 18+

Walk Canterbury’s Roman city walls

Canterbury, Kent , United Kingdom (UK)

Defensive Roman city walls with grass field below

Discover Canterbury’s Roman history with a walk along a stretch of the ancient defensive wall, dating back to the 3rd century AD. The most complete stretch is accessible from Dane John Park, and leads round to the ruins of Canterbury Castle – around half an hour’s walk there and back.

Best for ages 6+

Duration: 30 minutes

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Punting on the River Stour

Canterbury, Kent, United Kingdom (UK)

Tourists punting down narrow stretch of the River Stour lined with Tudor buildings

Get a different perspective on Canterbury’s historic houses and quiet back streets with a trip along the River Stour; book a guide to do the punting, and sit back and enjoy the views.

Adult price: £10

Best for ages 8+

Duration: 1+ hours

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Parrot Pub

Canterbury, Kent , United Kingdom (UK)

Old English pub on narrow street

Pop in for a pint at Canterbury’s oldest pub; a cosy, firelit haunt that has been serving weary travellers – and construction workers on the nearby cathedral – since the 14th century.

Best for ages 18+

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The Goods Shed

Canterbury, Kent , United Kingdom (UK)

Shoppers in the large market hall of the Goods Shed with multiple stalls

The first daily farmers’ market in the country, offering fruit and veg straight from the fields, alongside locally produced meats, cheeses and bread, with an excellent on-site cafe. A must-visit for foodies.

Best for ages 18+

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Canterbury Festival

Canterbury , Kent, United Kingdom (UK)

Festival-goers in traditional clothes walking down street

A two-weeks arts festival taking place annually in the second half of October, bringing together live music, theatre, spoken-word events and street theatre.

Best for ages 8+

Duration: 2 weeks

When: October

Frequency: annually

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St Martin’s Church

Canterbury , Kent, United Kingdom (UK)

Bucolic churchyard on a sunny day

The oldest church in the English-speaking world, St Martin’s is part Roman, part Saxon and part medieval, and has been a place of worship continuously for over 1,400 years.

Best for ages 18+

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Beaney House of Art & Knowledge

Canterbury , Kent, United Kingdom (UK)

Close up of the roof and window of Tudor-style building

A museum, gallery, library and visitor centre all housed in an elegant, Grade II-listed building, with exhibits including prehistoric artefacts found in and around Canterbury and works by local artists.

Best for ages 18+

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Westgate Towers Museum & Viewpoint

Canterbury, Kent, United Kingdom (UK)

Two ancient stone towers serving as entrance to a city

Climb to the top of England’s largest surviving medieval gateway for spectacular views across the city’s rooftops, before delving into two thousand years of history in the museum below.

Adult price: £4

Best for ages 8+

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St Augustine’s Abbey

Canterbury, Kent, United Kingdom (UK)

Ruined abbey surrounded by grass

Originally created as a burial site for the Anglo-Saxon kings of Kent, the ruins are a tranquil spot for a quiet walk or picnic, away from the hubbub of the busy High Street.

Adult price: £8

Best for ages 18+

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