Canterbury Travel Guide

  • Westgate Tower: a city 'gate'.
    Westgate Tower: a city 'gate'.
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  • Cathedral west and south
    Cathedral west and south
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  • Cathedral from the cloisters
    Cathedral from the cloisters
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Canterbury Things to Do

  • Cathedral

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The present Cathedral is built on the site of a former church dating to Roman times. Its building styles denote crucial moments in the cathedral's history. Approach to the Cathedral is through Christ Church Gate on the south side of the precinct There rises the great church of tall towers, finials and walls with buttresses, the great...

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  • Christ Church Gate

    Before you ever get to view the Cathedral in all it's splendour, you have to go through the gate into the Precincts. But what a gate! It is a magnificent structure in it's own right, and well worthy of attention. Although details of the construction are not entirely clear, it is believed to have been completed in about 1517 as a memorial tribute...

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  • Cathedral Cloister

    Although the Chapter House is not actually the cloisters (obviously) it leads off them, so I think it counts here as a tip. You can't access it by any route other than passing through at least part of the cloisters. The Chapter House in a Medieval monastery was where the community met to make its daily decisions. Why 'chapter' house? Simply...

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Canterbury Restaurants

  • Wetherspoon's pub 1

    Directly opposite the Westgate Towers, a Medieval gateway to the city, and housed in a building which originates from the 1600s, this Wetherspoon's pub became my 'local' during my stay.It's particularly comfy, with several different 'rooms' and armchairs as well as standard pub seating. There's also a small patio area, with heating and 'parasol' so...

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  • Wetherspoon's pub 2

    Wetherspoon's is a reliable chain of pubs, each with its own very individual style but with the same well-kept (and reasonably-priced) beers (including draught real ales and guest beers) and the same menu of reasonably-priced, perfectly edible food (plus individual 'specials'). They have become very popular places throughout England.'The Thomas...

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  • Nice but expensive

    They have other 2 restaurants, in Broadstairs and Faversham. Nice place, with pizza in the wooden oven. We had lunch, and service was OK, but evrything is overpriced. A pizza 4 cheeses 9£ ... or a normal plate of Pasta 9£ as well.. we had ravioli stuffed 12£ as m,ain course, they were way too few but good and I had chicken scallps at 12£ as well 3...

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Canterbury Nightlife

  • Chatback Comedy Club Edinburgh Previews

    Chatback Comedy presents our Edinburgh Festival 2011 Preview Season with shows at the Horsebridge Arts Centre in Whitstable and at The Parrot Pub in Canterbury. This is your chance to see shows from award-winning and up-and-coming comics before they go off to get their award nominations, rave reviews and national tours booked!NAZ OSMANOGLU1000%...

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  • Chatback Comedy Club Nights

    CHATBACK COMEDY CLUB(as featured in The Canterbury Times, The Kentish Gazette and Your Canterbury) After a sell-out relaunch at The Parrot this September, Chatback Comedy is back in Canterbury with a fresh collection of the most hilarious award-winning and up-and-coming talent direct from the London & International comedy circuits! CHATBACK...

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  • Comedy Nights

    Chatback Comedy Club hosts fun and exciting evening comedy shows at the oldest (and most beautiful) pub in Canterbury: The Parrot. The club has been opened since January 2010 and brings hilarious comedians from the London Comedy Circuit to Canterbury. We do shows once a month (always on different dates so check on their website). There's a complete...

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Canterbury Transportation

  • Canterbury by Car

    From London, driving is one of the easier options, and depending on where in the city you're starting off from, you will need to either follow the A2/M2 straight away (as we did), or go on the M25 first to reach the A2 exit. The exit for Canterbury is well sign-posted and there are several park and ride options with the buses that will drop you off...

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  • Good train conections.

    My preferred mode of transport in SE England is train. There are good connections from London to Canterbury on two different routes. One route departs Victoria and goes via Chatham. The other route departs Charing Cross (stopping at London Bridge) and goes via Tonbridge. Both routes operate about a half-hourly service during weekdays, which means...

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  • Train from London

    Canterbury has two train stations, East and West. Though I believe the East train station is the biggest of the two. I would recommend using this station over the other since there are more daily connections to London and it's closer to the sights. Trains leave from Victoria station and take approx an hour and a half. The trains on this line are...

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Canterbury Shopping

  • Winnie the Pooh

    This is the shop where you can find A.A Milne's loveable character Winnie the Pooh, a honey loving bear and of course all his friends like Eyore, Piglet, Kanga, Tiger and Roo.The store is fairly small but they pack a lot in. I bought a door handle tag for my bedroom with tidy this room - perhaps in the hope one of my housemates will do it for me??...

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  • Traditional sweets

    This is a traditional sweet shop, selling sweets by weight, all displayed in large plastic bottles displayed on rows and rows of shelving. You should be able to find all your old favourites here.

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  • Shopping for Pooh!

    My sister is a Pooh fan of note!When we came to Canterbury, this was one shop she HAD to visit! It has a wide range of Winnie the Pooh toys, ranging from puzzles to crockery to pencil drawings to fridge magnets! Everything you could think of really.We bought a little Christening bowl for my niece and some other knicknacks. My sister has enough Pooh...

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Canterbury Local Customs

  • Chaplain of Canterbury Cathedral prayer

    We were well pleased to have been there when the Chaplain decided to come forward and address the people in the Cathedral. He spoke briefly re things of the world, and prayed for those in need. It was a lovely prayer, and much needed at this time. Being a Christian (although not of this particular denomination), I fully support the need for prayer...

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  • BBQ!!!

    In the summer the tradition in our family is to hold as many B-B-Q's as possible!!!I believe that its originally an Australian tradition, but my dad holds the best ones ever....theres always SO much food and its mouthwatering!!

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  • Canterbury Beer Festival

    In July each year, for one weekend there is the infamous Canterbury Beer Festival.Its located out of town in a barn, the local buses can take you there and back.....we always have a blast!! You buy tokens and there are beers from all the local breweries and some European one too.Ill post more when I get this years exact details.

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Canterbury Warnings and Dangers

  • Queen's Guard

    Be careful when "asked" to exit the cathedral at times other than closing, especially by large uniformed gents. As I was beginning to photograph a completely empty cathedral (and wondering why it was so empty of tourists) I was unceremoniously told to remove myself from the premises. As I'd been inside for some time photographing nooks I'd not seen...

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  • White belly. Fine 2/6d

    Kings had a draconian dress code. We were, after all, gentlemen, and had to disport ourselves as such. Edwardian style. A wing collar was rig of the day, and if one was not wearing a waistcoat (I kid you not) or a pullover (a concession to modernity that probably caused some controversy) you had to keep your (black) jacket buttoned. If...

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  • TRAFFIC WARDENS

    If you have to take your car into the city then watch out for the traffic wardens, they are everywhere and they are ruthless as well, i have been caught 2 in Canterbury and it does ruin your day. Wheel clamping is also in operation in the city, so bewhere and don't outlive your parking ticket. Leave your car in one of the park and ride services as...

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Canterbury Tourist Traps

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    by planxty Updated Oct 27, 2005

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    Finding myself a bit thirsty after a hard days sightseeing, I came upon this place, the Three Tuns Inn in Watling Street. Outside, it proclaims itself a 15th cantury inn and looks very pleasant. Inside, however, it is a sore disappointment. Bearing in mind that it was an autumn midweek afternoon and there weren't many people about, I was surprised to sit on a wooden bench and have my shirt stick to it! It obviously hadn't been cleaned recently. The carpet was an absolute disgrace and the tables in the back room had remained uncleared from the previous customer. Perhaps the barman would have been better employed running a cloth round the place than lounging over the bar sending texts on his mobile 'phone.

    Given it's position and historical architecture, it is an absolute shame. I had one drink, left, and won't be back. The brewery who own it really want to think about a refurbishment.

    Unique Suggestions: You don't have to go, there are plenty of good pubs in Canterbury.

    Fun Alternatives: The Thomas Becket (see seperate tip).

    Three Tuns Inn, Canterbury, Kent, England.
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Canterbury What to Pack

  • What to bring with?

    Luggage with wheels is always a good idea, wherever you are travelling. Whether snowy/wet/sunny/warm or cold weather, layer your clothing. Wear thermal underwear (these are easily bought at the local clothing shops), with warm leggings and a top under a toasty jacket for the cold. I have my trusty grey duffle coat, plus a white snow jacket for...

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  • Things you may find helpful

    A small backpack is handy for carrying you camera and book! Some of the streets are cobbled so a good flat pair of shoes is a good idea.Also as we are in the UK with a very temperate and temperemental climate some rain gear is always a good idea!! You can get most things in the pharmacies and suoermarkets here. Bring loads of film, and poss...

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  • Canterbury Hotels

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Canterbury Off The Beaten Path

  • The 'Norman steps' and Green Court.

    My apologies for the photographs: it was late on a wet, grey January afternoon when I finally found this beautiful stone staircase.The 'Norman staircase' dates from the 1000s and originally led to dormitory accommodation. Now it leads to a much later building (1800s) associated with King's School. The staircase is thought to be the only exterior...

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  • Monastic ruins 4: 'Becket's Crown'

    The ruins of the Infirmary of Canterbury's original monastery lie to the north-east of the cathedral. You can find them by following the path through the cloisters and onwards, or by walking around the exterior of the cathedral on the southern side (lovely gardens and some pretty ancient trees).The infirmary (for monks who were ill) and its...

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  • Monastic ruins 3: the 'Dark Entry'

    This ancient and atmospheric passageway leads from the cathedral to Green Court, around which much of King's School is set. 'Dark Entry' is supposedly haunted by one Nell Cook, possibly buried alive here after committing murder. If you are foolish enough to walk the Dark Entry on a dark Friday night and see her ghost, you will die within the...

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Canterbury Sports & Outdoors

  • Walking around

    This tip is under construction. I am currently uploading many photos and will add in the information and travel tales to the photos soon.Should you have a query in the meanwhile, please feel free to email me :)Thanks!

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  • Kingsmead Leisure Centre

    Our leisure centre is located about 15 minutes walk from town, there is a huge swimming pool and a gym (I think that you have to be a member to use the gym). They also offer aerobics and yoga amongst loads of other classes that I have been meaning to join for ages!!

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  • Kent hockey

    Canterbury is home to 2 hockey teams, the all conquering Canterbury, like the Man Utd of the hockey world and the UKC team, who I had the (mis)pleasure of sharing a house with. Those were the days. A Drinking horn

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Canterbury Favorites

  • Pick up a copy of the Canterbury Tales

    I picked a copy of the Canterbury Tales to read after our travels to Canterbury. It just seemed like a nice way to feel a part of the groups of people who had traveled this way before us.A book to consider is the one that has been translated into modern english by Nevill Coghill.Enjoy and imagine!

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  • Canterbury in spring :)

    Canterbury is picturesque anyway, but the flowers that came out, it being the start of spring, were simply lovely. Some of the gardens are so ordered and geometric in look... so EXACT. I am definately a fan of the more wild variety, but ordered gardens have a place in towns like this. This garden is near the Westgate Towers. The time and effort and...

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  • Internet Cafes

    Ive never actually used them here but there are two.One is located right in town next to O Briens Sandwich Bar, and the other is down near Canterbury West Station, right next door to Brockmans Travel Agent.

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