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Last updated: 06 February, 2023
Expert travel writer: Annabelle Thorpe

If you’re coming to Canterbury for the Cathedral, there’s surely no better place to stay. Built in the grounds of the city’s world-famous cathedral, this sleek hotel has bedrooms that look straight onto the imposing facades. 

Rooms feel a touch corporate, but the garden is a joy, as is the Refectory Terrace, where hearty breakfasts and optional evening meals are taken. 

This isn’t the place to stay if you’re looking for buzz – many guests staying have business at the cathedral, but for a few days of quiet contemplation, it’s perfect. 

Surrounding area

Step outside the door of the hotel and you’re in the grounds of the Cathedral, offering a unique chance to explore before the crowds arrive in the morning. It’s a peaceful place, particularly once visiting hours are over. 

Once outside the catherdral entrance gate, you’re on the historic Buttermarket, with picturesque medieval buildings and cobbled lanes leading up to the High Street and down to Burgate, with its clutch of one-off boutiques and restaurants. 


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Key facilities

Airport transfers: Not available
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Kids club
: Nearby *
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Jacuzzi (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

Bucket list experiences our writer says you must do in this destination, closest first

Canterbury Cathedral

Canterbury , Kent , United Kingdom (UK)[0 miles]

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.

Best for ages: 18+ | £14

Dover Castle

Dover , Kent , United Kingdom (UK)[23.8 miles]

Fascinating, well-preserved castle boasting bags of medieval history and secret wartime tunnels. Great for families.

Best for ages: 6+ | £24

Other worthwhile experiences in this destination if you have the time or the interest, closest first

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

Beaney House of Art & Knowledge

Canterbury , Kent, United Kingdom (UK)[0.2 miles]

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: 13+ | Free

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

Punting on the River Stour

Canterbury, Kent, United Kingdom (UK)[0.2 miles]

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.

Best for ages: 6+ | £10 | 1+ hours

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Old English pub on narrow street

Parrot Pub

Canterbury, Kent , United Kingdom (UK)[0.3 miles]

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: 16+ | Free

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Two ancient stone towers serving as entrance to a city

Westgate Towers Museum & Viewpoint

Canterbury, Kent, United Kingdom (UK)[0.5 miles]

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.

Best for ages: 6+ | £4

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Destination guides including or relevant to this place to stay


Kent, United Kingdom (UK)

A character-filled, historic and lively town rich in British history dating back to Roman times. The spectacular cathedral is the home of the Church of England.

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