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Last updated: 31 October, 2022
Expert travel writer: Annabelle Thorpe

When the Abode opened in Canterbury there was a huge sigh of relief; finally this beautiful city had somewhere chic and comfortable to stay.

It’s location – right in the middle of the pedestrianised High Street – couldn’t be better; everything, from the impressive Cathedral, to the boutiques and quirky stores around the Buttermarket, is a short stroll away.   

Affordable, and equally welcoming to couples, friends or family, it’s a sleek but unpretentious boutique hotel. The champagne bar – all scarlet leather chairs and an original beamed ceiling – is a great spot to kick off the evening. 

For a special treat, book the Fabulous Suite, which boasts a private decked rooftop terrace.

Surrounding area

Walk out of the Abode and you’re plunged into the heart of Kent’s liveliest town – the hotel is situated right on the High Street, with its jumble of medieval and more contemporary buildings, housing cafes, restaurants and shops. Inevitably this mean it isn’t the quietest spot to stay, as there are several lively pubs nearby. 

The upside is that everything is within walking distance. The Cathedral, home of the Church of England, is a few steps away, as is the River Stour and a wide array of shops and cafés, clustered together on cobbled side-streets that twist of the High Street, dating back centuries. 

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Key facilities

Airport transfers: Not available
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
: On-site *
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)[0.3 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)[23.9 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 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)[0.1 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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Two ancient stone towers serving as entrance to a city

Westgate Towers Museum & Viewpoint

Canterbury, Kent, United Kingdom (UK)[0.3 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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Defensive Roman city walls with grass field below

Walk Canterbury’s Roman city walls

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

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+ | Free | 30 minutes

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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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