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Canterbury Attractions

Today Canterbury still welcomes visitors from all four corners of the globe and has, with its many ancient buildings, shops, bars and restaurants, retained both an old world charm and a cosmopolitan vitality. The small and compact city centre is closed to traffic during the daytime to enable the narrow streets and the many attractions to be more easily and safely accessed by visitors. From April to October guided walking tours leave from the Canterbury Information Centre where you can buy your tickets.

 
Canterbury Roman Museum

Canterbury Roman Museum

The Roman Museum is underground at the level of the Roman town. It's an exciting mix of excavated real objects: authentic reconstructions; and preserved remains of a Roman town house with its famous mosaics. Reconstructions include a Roman market place, with a shoe maker, fabric seller and fruit and vegetable stall. There is also part of a house with its kitchen set out in authentic detail.

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Cathedral Gate3 starfrom £49.50
Canterbury Cathedral Lodge4 starfrom £99.00
Abode Canterbury4 starfrom £72.00
Greyfriars Lodge from £65.00
Peregrine House4 starfrom £100.00
 
Greyfriars

Greyfriars

Hidden away behind Greyfriars House in Stour Street is this 13th century building spanning the river Stour. It is the oldest Franciscan building in Britain and the sole remains of Greyfriars Friary. The Chapel and house of the first Franciscan settlement in Britain. Surrounded by beautiful gardens, which invite you to stroll or just take a well deserved rest.

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Greyfriars Lodge from £65.00
Greyfriars Lodge3 starfrom £91.28
Peregrine House4 starfrom £100.00
Abode Canterbury4 starfrom £72.00
Bijou Abode - Chaucer House from £130.00
 
Dane John Gardens

Dane John Gardens

Stroll along the city walls which border one side of the gardens and wander up to the top of the Dane John Mound for an excellent view of the city. On the top of the mound is a monument commemorating Alderman James Simmon's gift of the gardens to the people of Canterbury. Before the nearby Norman castle was built, a wooden castle keep summounted the mound. The name Dane John is thought to have been anglicised from the French word donjon meaning a castle keep. A children's playground featuring a castle is sited in the shadow of the mound. Many events are held in the gardens. Most weekends in the summer months there will be a band concert. Concerts range from Brass to Pop, Military to Rock with something to suit all age groups and tastes

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Castle House Hotel4 starfrom £76.50
Peregrine House4 starfrom £100.00
Greyfriars Lodge from £65.00
Greyfriars Lodge3 starfrom £91.28
Abode Canterbury4 starfrom £72.00
 
Eastbridge Hospital

Eastbridge Hospital

Since its foundation in the 12th century the Archbishop of Canterbury has been the patron. From the middle of the last century the Master of Eastbridge has also been Rector of churches in the city centre, now consisting of St. Peter's and St. Mildred's. More recently the Master has been appointed the Priest in Charge of the Parish of Blean which has been in the Patronage of the Hospital since the Middle Ages. For 800 years the Eastbridge has given shelter and help to pilgrims, soldiers, local societies and schoolchildren. For over 400 years it has provided a permanent home to a number of elderly people.

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Abode Canterbury4 starfrom £72.00
Greyfriars Lodge3 starfrom £91.28
Bijou Abode - Chaucer House from £130.00
Greyfriars Lodge from £65.00
Peregrine House4 starfrom £100.00
 

Other Attraction near Canterbury

  • Westgate Gardens - In the summer months punt trips leave from the slipway in Whitehall Road, across the river from the gardens.
  • St Martin's Church - This is the oldest parish church in England where continuous Christian worship has taken place since before 597AD.
  • The Ghostly Tour of Old Canterbury - The hour-long tour sets off at 8.00pm every Friday and Saturday and are an entertaining mix of local history, humour, folklore and tales of the supernatural.