Canterbury attracts visitors from all over the world. Boasting postcard-pretty streets and magnificent medieval architecture, there's little wonder why it's such a popular UK tourist destination.
No break to Canterbury would be complete without experiencing Chaucer’s famous Canterbury Tales via an interactive tour. Experience what it was like to live in medieval times where the writer’s colourful tales are dramatically brought to life.
Family fun can be found with a boat trip on the River Stour. Uncover Canterbury’s tucked away spots or set sail on a historic barge across the waters of Whitstable and Herne Bay.
If you want to try something a little different, swing by Barnsole Vineyard, a family run vineyard with its own winery. See how the wine is produced and sample the goods onsite. The Elham Valley Vineyard also does wine tours, along with pottery and craft.
A little further north and you’ll find yourself at the award winning Crab and Winkle Way. This seven-mile cycle and walk route runs along one of Britain’s oldest forests and makes for the perfect picnic site. Another natural beauty spot is Grove Ferry, the perfect place for a stroll through the meadows or a spot of fishing in the River Stour.
Canterbury is the ideal place to explore by foot or bike. Bring along your wheels and take a cycle along the Canterbury Pilgrims, stopping off every now and again at a rustic country pub.
On a shoestring: Brunch. A family-owned city centre sandwich bar offering tasty sarnies and baps.
Middle of the road: The Goods Shed. A must visit. The Goods Shed is a farmers’ market, food hall and restaurant serving up fine seasonal produce in light and airy surroundings.
Bigger budgets: Deeson’s. A British menu made up of home grown ingredients – everything from the vegetables to livestock and poultry (they even have their own beehives!)
Canterbury has a varied shopping selection, with everything from high street favourites to gift and trinket shops tucked away in hidden streets.
Whitefriars, the city’s main shopping centre, is the largest of its kind in the South East, housing over 70 leading retailers. Don’t miss walking through the historic streets of The Kings Mile, home to an assortment of independent stores.
Nearby Whitstable and Herne Bay are two great locations for shoppers, offering high street names and independent stores in picturesque, seaside surroundings.