Canterbury Visitor Guide 2020- DIGITAL

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CITY, COAST & COUNTRYSIDE

2020 OFFICIAL VISITOR GUIDE


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PILGRIM ROUTES

IN KENT

Discover a pilgrim route near you

Our well maintained routes and cosy

pubs are welcoming all year round –

whatever the weather

NORTH DOWNS WAY

Historically pilgrimages were

journeys to sacred places like

Canterbury Cathedral. In modern

times these journeys are also for

people to enjoy:

• Heritage

• Adventure

• Connection with nature

• Inner journey and reflection

The North Downs Way follows the

ancient Pilgrims Way that links

Winchester and Canterbury

Cathedrals and also the Via

Francigena route to Rome via Dover.

Suggested Taster Trail

CHILHAM TO CANTERBURY

Follow the final few miles of

the Pilgrims Way; take a train to

picturesque Chilham and stop for

lunch. Follow the North Downs Way

via rolling orchards and ancient hill

forts to Canterbury Cathedral.

7 miles/ 3 hrs easy going

Welcome

A very warm welcome to the city of

Canterbury and the coastal towns of

Herne Bay and Whitstable.

History, culture, award-winning restaurants,

coastlines, quaint English villages; Canterbury

has it all. Whether you have a day, weekend or

longer there’s plenty to be discovered time and

time again.

2020 is a great year to visit with many

anniversaries being marked with celebrations in

the city. Not only is it the year of cathedrals and

pilgrimage, it is 850 years since Thomas Becket

was murdered in the cathedral – see our 20

reasons to visit to inspire your visit.

Contents

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A YEAR OF

CELEBRATIONS

06-07

THE CITY FOR HISTORY

AND HERITAGE

08-09

THE CITY FOR

EXPLORING

10-11

THE CITY FOR CULTURE

12-13

THE CITY FOR

INDULGENCE

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48 HOURS TO

INSPIRE ME

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THE UNIVERSAL

UNI CITY

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THE COAST

The city of today is shaped from historic discoveries

across the centuries from Romans, Kings, Saints and

Queens who have all made their imprint on this part

of Kent and much of this influence can be seen during

your visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Canterbury is also proud to include the coastal

towns of Whitstable and Herne Bay, both of which

add their own charms to entice you to go beyond

the city walls. Whitstable has its oysters, harbour

heritage and quaint streets and friendly Herne Bay

is the place to say ‘hello’ to a traditional English

seaside, complete with pier and helter skelter.

Couple this heritage with a fantastic choice

of shopping, breweries, river tours, vineyards,

coastal towns, first-class accommodation and

restaurants to tick every culinary box – you have

the perfect opportunity to lose yourself in the city,

countryside and coast – Enjoy!

24-26

WHITSTABLE

28-30

HERNE BAY

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BEYOND CANTERBURY

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MICROGAP IN THE CITY, THE ‘YEAR OF THE

COAST & COUNTRY PILGRIMAGE’

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CYCLING

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UNEXPECTED

TREASURES

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EVENTS

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ACCOMODATION

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GETTING HERE

FIND OUT MORE:

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A YEAR OF

Celebration

2020 REASONS TO VISIT

Without a doubt 2020 is an exciting year to visit Canterbury – celebrations include

the 850th anniversary of Thomas Becket’s murder at Canterbury Cathedral, 400th

anniversary of the Mayflower sailing, 150th anniversary of Kent Cricket Club and

festivals galore.

Here’s our

TOP 20

for this year!

01

City Sound

Project in the

Park (8-9 May)

A metropolitan

music festival

showcasing more

than 70 up and

coming national

and international

artists, across 16

stages - a must for

music lovers!

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Pride Canterbury

(13 June)

A spectacular

celebration of

LGBT+ identity for

the whole family

set in the heart

of Canterbury.

The day includes

a vibrant parade

through the city, so

come along and

join in the colourful

atmosphere.

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Dickens 150th

anniversary

(June)

See historic

buildings Dickens

visited and inspired

his writing. Don’t

miss out on the 17th

Century crooked

house, one of the

most photographed

buildings in

Canterbury,

and mentioned in

the novel David

Copperfield.

04

Canterbury Wine Festival

at Westgate Hall (26-27 June)

Celebrates Kent’s award-winning

wines, featuring many locally grown

and produced wines and see why this

corner of Kent is fast gaining a strong

reputation in the wine industry.

150th anniversary of Kent Cricket Club (May-July)

Don’t miss the ‘best of the blast’ at Canterbury Cricket

Club this summer. The Vitality Blast T20 series is set to

be a favourite from this year’s celebration programme

for The Kent Spitfires.

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Medieval Pageant and FamilyTrail

(4 July) Marvel at the giants in this

medieval day for all ages. Enjoy reenactment

groups, watch the parade, take

the family trail through the city and enjoy

the medieval mayhem whatever your age.

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Golf Open (Sandwich) (12-19 July)

The 149th Open comes to Royal St.

George’s Golf Club, Sandwich. From

Canterbury, Sandwich is a 28 min drive, so

make a weekend of it and stay in Canterbury

while you practice your swing at Broome Park

Hotel or The Cave Hotel and Golf Resort.

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Whitstable Oyster

Festival (24-27 July)

This internationally

renowned festival

features famous

Whitstable oysters,

live comedy, music, a

parade and fireworks.

Stay afterdark and

join the tradition of

building ‘grotters’ on

the beach with oyster

shells and light them

up as the sun goes

down.

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Whitstable

Harbour Day

& Boat Show

(1 August)

Celebrate

Whitstable’s

maritime heritage

and soak up an

authentic working

harbour past and

present. Expect

to see decorated

boats, hovercraft

rides, carnival

procession and

live music.

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Herne Bay

Cartoon Festival

(August)

Animators and

fans enjoy the

variety this festival

offers. Features

include exhibitions

throughout

the town, talks,

workshops plus

live cartooning

on the pier.

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bOing! Family

Festival (29-30 August)

Dubbed as ‘Kent’s

International Family Festival’,

bOing! - is free and features

performances from artists

across the globe. It promises

to be a magical weekend

of performance and

creativity for all!

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Herne Bay

Festival (August)

Bayfest is back

this August and

will deliver a

sizzling summer

line-up of concerts,

workshops and

exhibitions and

firework finale

expected to draw

thousands to the

seaside town.

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Mayflower 400 (16 September)

In honour of the Mayflower400, book

a (2020-only) exclusive guided tour

and discover Canterbury’s links to the

pilgrim voyage. Equally, enjoy our selfguided

tour at your leisure.

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Canterbury Food & Drink

Festival (25- 27 September)

Try local artisan produce

from Canterbury’s

culinary scene alongside

UK wide gastronomy in

the picturesque Dane

John Gardens.

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Kent Green Hop Beer

Festival (September)

Celebrates Kent’s unique

hopping heritage and a chance to taste

newly released beers made from justharvested

hops. (Beers will be available

at Canterbury Food & Drink Festival).

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Murder at the Cathedral

(22-24 October)

Don’t miss out! Book tickets

early for this T.S Eliot play at

the Cathedral 850 years after

Becket’s murder - as part of the

Becket2020 programme.

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Canterbury Festival – Kent’s

International Arts Festival

(17 October – 31 October)

An annual city favourite - this two-week

extravaganza of arts offers a huge variety of

cultural events for the south east to enjoy.

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Volunteer for the day

to grape harvest (October)

Chartham Vineyard, just outside

Canterbury, welcomes volunteers for

their grape harvest, so experience a

different side to wine making and really

get stuck in to the Garden of England.

Beaney: Rupert Bear Centenary

(7 November onwards)

Marking 100 years since Rupert Bear first appeared

in print see an exhibition of Rupert Bear artefacts and

celebrate the Canterbury author Mary Tourtel’s work.

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Canterbury is Christmas (December)

Visit one of the UK’s fastest growing

Christmas markets showcasing

local makers alongside International

favourites, The ice-skating rink is also

a winter winner for magic and fun as

the city streets come to life with mulled

wine and Christmas lights.

Look out for the

Becket symbol in the

guide to highlight

events as part of the

Becket2020 programme.

For a full calendar of listings go to

visitcanterbury.co.uk

All event dates and details are

correct at the time of printing,

see visitcanterbury.co.uk for up to

date information.

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CANTERBURY THE CITY FOR

history & heritage

When you think of history and heritage in Canterbury the UNESCO

World Heritage Sites of Canterbury Cathedral, St. Augustine’s Abbey

and St. Martin’s Church are at the front of the queue, ready to inspire

and delight everyone year-round.

At St. Augustine’s Abbey you

can take an audio tour or a

fantastic interactive virtual reality

experience bringing history to life

by allowing you to walk through

the Abbey seeing it as it would

have looked in the 1500s. St.

Martin’s Church is the oldest

church in continuous use in the

English speaking world, dating

back to the 6th century. It was

used as a private chapel by

King Ethelbert’s wife.

With 2020 being the 850th

anniversary of Thomas Becket’s

murder at the Cathedral a whole

year of events are planned,

culminating in the performance

of T.S Eliot play ‘Murder in The

Cathedral’ held in Canterbury

Cathedral on 22 to 24 October.

To immerse yourself

in the Becket2020

experience further:

➜ Discover the 12th

century Norman

undercroft of Conquest

House where the four

Knights Templar colluded

before slaying Thomas Becket

at Canterbury Cathedral

➜ Make the trip to St. Dunstan’s

Church from where Henry II

started his fateful pilgrimage in

1174 and go to the Pilgrimage

Chapel dedicated to Becket

2020 from April – October.

For whistle stop visits, from early

2020, you can simply take in

the panoramic views of inside

Canterbury Cathedral from

screens in the visitors centre

Other places to take in on your

historic exploration of Canterbury

could be:

➜ St. John’s Hospital, founded in

1084 (Northgate Street)

➜ The city’s defensive walls

➜ Canterbury Castle at the

end of Castle Street

➜ Westgate Towers museum

and viewpoint

Look out for

this symbol for events as

part of the Becket2020

programme.

Take a peek at the old medieval witches'

ducking stool over the River Stour next to

the Old Weaver’s house. An actual original

ducking chair can be seen in Fordwich town

hall. To see Canterbury's history first-hand

combine your visit with one of our amazing

events happening in 2020, see page 42

(Full Events Page)

➜ VISIT FOR...

• An immersive

historical

experience

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• Canterbury’s three

UNESCO World

Heritage Sites

➜ MUST SEE...

• Canterbury Tales

• Canterbury

Cathedral

• St. Augustine’s

Abbey

• Canterbury

Roman Museum

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CANTERBURY THE

CITY FOR

Exploring

The winding River Stour loops its way through

the city and taking in the views from the water is a

unique experience. River tours take you on a route

revealing sites including Franciscan Island, 12th

Century Eastbridge Hospital, Canterbury Cathedral

and the Dominican priories.

Alternatively, take a private

chauffeured punt along to

uncover the surrounding

countryside or learn about

Canterbury’s spooky past

on a ghost river tour.

Exclusive and themed bespoke

tours can be arranged and

walking tours cover every inch

of this illustrious city centre.

A new trail for 2020 is the

Mini-Mayflower Trail. 2020 is

the 400th anniversary of the

Mayflower’s pilgrim voyage

to America and one of its

founders, Robert Cushman,

(with descendants to President

Roosevelt) lived in Canterbury.

The walking tour shows you

places of note connected with

Cushman – one of which is now

ironically an American/British

pancake house!

Take to the water

If you like waterways and want

to travel further Canoe Wild

can take you sea kayaking to

see seals or enjoy sunset or

sunrise tours by water

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➜ TOP TOURS...

Canterbury River Tours

canterburyrivertours.co.uk

CT Tours

cttours.co.uk

Canterbury Punting Co

canterburypunting.co.uk

Canterbury Guided Tours

canterburyguidedtours.com

Tours of The Realm

toursoftherealm.com

Canterbury Ghost Tours

thecanterburytours.com

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CANTERBURY THE

CITY FOR

Culture

Canterbury is a haven for anyone

wanting to soak up the atmosphere,

there’s no end of cultural experiences in the city.

➜ Why not try the free Canterbury

sculpture or Selfie Trails? Both

downloadable from our website

and discover places such as

the Crooked House Book

Shop (as featured in Dickens’

book David Copperfield),

Abbots Mill, Friar’s Bridge

and Canterbury Castle

With a variety of exhibitions and family activities,

The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge is a

fun place to explore, along with Canterbury’s

other galleries (including Lilford Gallery and the

Sidney Cooper Gallery) - provides an insight into

Canterbury’s art scene. Look out for the rook in

the red coat at The Beaney, which was caught at

the turn of the 20th Century.

The Kent Museum of Freemasonry and the

Roman Museum, each have their own unique

offerings to add to Canterbury’s cultural line up

and as you meander through medieval streets you

find great photo opportunities.

Look for the ancient and diverse architecture in

fascinating places such as Eastbridge Hospital

of St Thomas the Martyr (25 High Street), where

you can access the Undercroft, Christchurch Gate

(the principal entrance to Canterbury Cathedral)

the Old Weavers House, Westgate Towers, the

Sun Hotel (who’s past guests include Charles

Dickens) and the Dane John Gardens (a former

Roman cemetery with a raised monument

offering views of Canterbury Cathedral).

Try the theatre...

Canterbury has a dynamic theatre

scene with The Marlowe, Gulbenkian,

Malthouse and The Marlowe Kit all offering

diverse programmes from family festivals

through to ballet, comedy, music and

much more besides

Look out for...

You will also find two Ginkgo trees in

Westgate Gardens, famed for being the

oldest tree species on earth - a living link to

the dinosaurs. Their fruits ripen in November

with an aroma of ‘sick and poo’!

➜ TIP...

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Try wrapping your

arms around the

200 year old Oriental

plane tree in the

Westgate Gardens

➜ MUST SEE...

• The Marlowe

• The Beaney

House of Art

& Knowledge

• The Roman

Museum

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FORIndulgence

CANTERBURY

THE CITY

Shopping with a difference!

Canterbury city centre has everything a keen shopper might need,

from high end designers and big brands to bespoke handmade and

locally produced items. Spend time in the city mixing shopping with

brunch in a quirky café, dinner in a Michelin recommended restaurant

or a cheeky cocktail in an old Gaol cell.

Canterbury’s Independent

quarters are steeped in history

- The King’s Mile and Cathedral

Quarter are just a step away

from the busy high street. You

will find independent shops

and traditional traders offering

handcrafted jewellery, arts, crafts,

games and gifts. Walk along the

cobbled medieval streets and you

will find a huge array of traditional

and contemporary shops.

If you are looking for big brands,

then Whitefriars Shopping Centre

is the place to go. Flagship store,

Fenwicks is a beacon for designer

names and is surrounded by all of

the brands you could want.

But, even in Whitefriars, you

can’t escape the city’s fascinating

history. The centre was built

on top of Roman, Saxon and

medieval remains which are

mapped out on the paving.

After your shopping spree,

refuel in one of Canterbury’s many

award-winning gastro pubs,

including The Draper’s Arms

and the Foundry Brew Pub or try

contemporary style cafes such as

The Real Eating Company.

For something different, eat at

the picture-perfect Old Weaver’s

House on the river or head to Tiny

Tim’s Tearoom (St. Margaret’s

Street) where a ‘ghost room’

awaits with tempting afternoon

teas and home-made scones.

If you want to try delicious Kentish delicacies

and artisan produce, then try and time your

trip to coincide with the Canterbury Food and

Drink Festival in September. This family friendly

event will hold food and drink workshops and

foraging exhibitions alongside stalls weaving

through the impressive Dane John Gardens.

And if you are looking for somewhere a little

special why not try one of the Michelin Guides

recommended eateries right here in the city

centre. The Ambrette (Beer Cart Lane) is

famous for its seasonal Indian cuisine and

exotic ingredients, restaurant Abode (High

Street) offers modern European cuisine and you

can enjoy cocktail masterclasses while you dine

or head to The Corner House (Dover Street)

for a full range of vegan and a la carte menus.

Add some intrigue to finish your evening

at Houdini’s Magic Bar for a fun night with

23 resident magicians and an extensive

cocktail list.

Local tip....

“Head just out of town for a village-feel pub

with a warm welcome at Tyler’s Kiln. Their

bottomless brunch on Fridays

and Saturdays have become

very popular but watch out

for the friendly ghost…

apparently a crisp loving

phantom named Gilbert!”

Fi Stoker, local resident.

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Local tip.....

“I like to visit the Micro

Roastery on St. Margaret’s

street as they do great

tasting coffee. It’s a

Canterbury-based

independent that makes

artisan, ethically-sourced and

deliciously strong blends — if you really like it,

you can also stock up and buy some for home!”

Alice Bryant, local resident.

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48

hours

TO INSPIRE YOU

Enjoy the history and spendour

of this medieval city to the full -

let us inspire you...

MORNING

You are spoilt for choice in ways to explore

Canterbury. To get the most from your

day embrace the guided tours on offer.

Soak up the history and architecture

with a river tour discovering the hidden

secrets of the River Stour followed by a

walking tour, choosing from the classic

historic tours through to Canterbury:

war, revolution and peace.

LUNCH

Take your pick for the perfect lunch spot.

Restaurants cater for all tastes with an

abundance of fresh, local produce being

served. Plant-based options are aplenty

- try Veg Box Cafe or Kitch Café - and

to combine lunch with family activity,

Espressions Art Café is a perfect fit and

a ‘go to’ family place for escaping wet

weather too.

AFTERNOON

Take yourself to Medieval England

at The Canterbury Tales and re-live

Chaucer’s stories in the same stone

walls that were there at the time. Then

head to the Roman Museum where you

can go underground to the level of the

buried Roman town of Durovernum

Cantiacorum. And a day in Canterbury

wouldn’t be the same without experiencing

Canterbury Cathedral!

Brew

and distill ...

Why not book

a brewery tour at

the Foundry Pub

in the city and

find out about their

innovative distilling

techniques.

Tip: Ask about their

special gin, fermented

with yeast discovered in

a former monastery in

Canterbury.

Did you know.....

Rupert Bear’s creator, Mary Tourtel,

lived in Canterbury? Hear historical,

quirky and astonishing stories and

facts on Canterbury Tourist Guide’s

award-winning tours. Best to allow

90 minutes for each tour.

Staying a weekend or longer in this

remarkable city creates opportunities to

venture away from the city centre and

enjoy our coast and countryside too.

➜ Boat trips to a

colony of seals are easily

arranged in Whitstable

and the Greta Sailing

Boat (an 80 ft Thames

Sailing Barge built in

1892) in Whitstable

harbour can be hired

to visit the World War II

Army Forts or the Kentish

Flats Wind Farm.

➜ For adrenaline-filled

activities, Flyhigh Sky

Sports offer taster

lessons in paragliding

and paramotoring and

water sport activities can

be booked at Whitstable

through Oyster Coast

Water Sports.

➜ For out of season

or rainy weekend stays

take advantage of the

Canterbury Baking

School workshops or

vegan cookery classes at

The Ambrette Restaurant

before enjoying a Sunday

lunch at The Ballroom

Club and stay for

their comedy night.

➜ With global cuisine

on your doorstep,

gastro pubs and bars

galore, take dinner at

your leisure. For great

vegan and vegetarian

dishes try The Skinny

Kitchen, The Ambrette or

Oscar & Bentley’s or for

carnivores, Pork & Co.

is a tasty option.

➜ Pretty harbour town

Whitstable is a short

journey from Canterbury

and has a rich maritime

history. Try a famous

Whitstable oyster and

stroll along the streets

and smugglers alleyways

before heading ten

minutes down the coast

to friendly Herne Bay

oozing charm and

traditional seaside

fun with the majestic

Reculver Towers

dominating the skyline.

➜ Your evening

entertainment could

start with Evensong

at Canterbury

Cathedral, followed by

entertainment at the

Marlowe Kit, Gulbenkian

Theatre or Houdini’s

Magic Bar.

➜ An overnight stay

at The Falstaff Hotel

provides the perfect

base and a superb

cocktail menu. Tracing its

history back 600 years,

The Falstaff is one of

Canterbury’s oldest inns.

➜ TOP TOURS...

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CT Tours provides a ‘Wellbeing

Walk’ for those who want to see

the city at their leisure taking in

many green spaces or finish your

day with a Canterbury Ghost Tour

and discover the darker

sides of the city as

twilight sets in.

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●1,400 years of history to discover

●A A UNESCO World Heritage site

●‘Behind the Scenes’ tours and

guided visits available

A place of

discovery

Explore Canterbury Cathedral

- the world’s cathedral -

on a day out 1400 years in the making

@No1Cathedral

Melodie.Robson@canterbury-cathedral.org

Great for Groups

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NEW

in 2020

NEW

in 2020

Visitor Centre

Becket 2020 Events

Exhibition spaces

Digital Guides

Visitor Centre

Becket2020 Events

Exhibition spaces

Digital Guides

ParkandRide

&shop&eat&relax

£3.50

ALL DAY

&explore

Park all day for

just £3.50 and

discover the city

Monday to Sunday, 7am until

late. See timetables at

canterbury.gov.uk/parkandride

Canterbury Tourist Guides provide entertaining and enjoyable 90 minute tours for visitors to the

city of Canterbury. All tours include a walk around the outside of the Cathedral and represent a

great way to see the sights and learn some history too!

Book online www.canterburytouristguides.co.uk

01227 459779 guides@canterburytouristguides.co.uk

/canterburytouristguidesltd

@CburyCityTours



THE UNIVERSAL

Uni city

Canterbury is well-known

for its multicultural student population and it’s

no wonder with three universities in the district.

But you don’t need to be a student to enjoy the

hip hideouts this city has to offer.

➜ CITY SOUNDS PROJECT

A music festival in scattered

venues combining music from

all genres with spoken word

performance and activities

such as street art.

➜ BOUNCE (VINTAGE

➜ LANDSCAPES

AND VISTAS

CLOTHING SHOP)

Boasting new stock daily

Take a boat trip to watch the

this vintage clothes shop is

Seals or sail around the 1940s 18th century Locomotive at

18 army forts, standing like giants Whitstable Museum. Marvel

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popular with students and the

eclectic garments appeal to

thrift stylists and those looking

to make more sustainable

shopping choices.

➜ ESCAPE ROOMS

AND CINEMA

There are three escape rooms in

the city – Escape Kent, Escape

Room: Marlowe’s Ghost at The

Marlowe Kit and Escape in the

Towers and cinemas are the

Odeon, Curzon and Cinema in

the Towers (One Pound Lane).

The University of Creative Arts

(UCA) has a full list of music events

throughout the year. Why not enjoy

live music over a cocktail or two, try

the ‘speakeasy bars’ Bramley’s or

The Privy (underground bar that

used to be the public toilets!)

The monthly vegan market

by Westgate Towers is a

popular haunt

➜ UNIVERSITY LECTURES

Sample the academic

attraction of Canterbury with

a university lecture open to

all. Canterbury Christ Church

University regularly holds

public lectures for those who

love to learn. Check out their

lecture programme at

canterbury.ac.uk

➜ LIVE MUSIC

Lady Luck and The Black

Griffin are two great live

music venues. Famous

for the 1960s music style

‘Canterbury Sound’ and

more recently Canterbury’s

musical successes include

Ellie Goulding.

Did you know...

Canterbury was also home to

the band Caravan tagged as

the creators of prog rock?

Microgap

IN THE CITY, COAST

AND COUNTRY

Experience the best bits of a gap year in just a few

days with a Microgap. Whether you want to switch

off or learn more, mix and match the ideas below to

create your perfect Microgap itinerary.

in the sea. Enjoy your own little

piece of beach frontage or

head further up the coast to

Bishopstone for fossil hunting.

Take a Vineyard tour at one

of the growing wineries and

volunteer at the grape harvest.

Or enjoy taking to the many

waterways around the city and

countryside with Canoe Wild,

and why not finish your trip

with a sunset paddle session?

If you want striking

photography as a

memory from your microgap,

why not consider booking a

tour and workshop

with local

photographer

Alex Hare at

alexharephotography.com

➜ THE UNUSUAL SUSPECTS

For weird and wonderful

discoveries, don’t miss

these; Enjoy sunrise yoga or

meditation at Reculver Towers

then head to Whitstable

to take a graffiti tour or

visit Robert Stephenson’s

at the Great Cloister and

Chapter House of Canterbury

Cathedral. Catch a Punk Gig

at The Lady Luck pub or look

out for Slam Poetry night at

The Foundry.

➜ GET CREATIVE

To get stuck into something

creative, Espressions Art

Cafe offers pottery painting,

and the award-winning

Ambrette restaurant can

teach you cookery and cocktail

masterclasses. Test your wits at

Westgate Towers escape room,

or catch a behind the scenes

tour of Canterbury Cathedral

or the Marlowe Theatre.

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Award-winning guided tours

FREE

ADMISSION

The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge is

an Art Gallery, Museum, Library, Visitor

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the heart of historic Canterbury.

This must-visit attraction provides

state-of-the-art exhibition galleries, over

5,000 inspiring artefacts, and a varied

programme of events for all ages.

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Whether you are an inquisitive explorer

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cup of coffee in our Café, or an art lover

soaking up our latest special exhibition;

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Kent’s ONLY Roman museum

Discover one of the UK’s

only remaining in situ Roman

pavement mosaics and a

Scheduled Ancient Monument.

Built within the remains of an

original Roman town house, visitors

can wander through the marketplace

and discover hidden treasures as you

step back, and down, to the streets

of Roman Canterbury…

Open daily 10am to 5pm

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Shop locally

in Whitstable & Tankerton

A treasure trove awaits those who dive through our

shop doors. Treat yourself to art, gifts and clothes

that you won’t find anywhere else.

Experience

WINNINGCoastline

AWARD

Canterbury is more than a first class cultural heritage

city, it also offers an award-winning coastline. It’s so

close that it makes an easy ‘add-on’ to your trip, but also

worth a visit in its own right!

Just 20 minutes away is Whitstable, a picturesque coastal town rich in

maritime history, where you can indulge in fresh seafood, visit the working

harbour, take a boat trip to see the Second World War Maunsell Forts or

simply explore the many independent shops, art galleries and museum.

Whitstable’s Tankerton blue flag beach is popular with the locals as well as

tourists and Whitstable beach is prevalent for water sports.

A few miles down the road is Herne Bay, well worth a visit for its miles of

coastal paths, areas of outstanding natural beauty, wide-open vistas

and award-winning beaches. The town holds onto its traditional seaside

fun with pier and promenade coupled with a vibrant town and many

independent traders. It’s a huge draw for families and sea lovers alike.

Why not come and say hello!

Further up the coast will take visitors along parts of the famous Saxon

Shore Way with stretches of pebble and shingle beaches.

All three areas connect well for walking trails and cycle routes,

which attracts visitors year-round.

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Whitstable

WELCOMES YOU

From cosmopolitan city to the coastal charm of

Whitstable; this harbour-side town offers traditional

maritime heritage that leaves a good impression.

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➜ Take a graffiti

tour through

Whitstable

and spot

artwork by

Catman

labelled the

new ‘Banksy’

Why not try?...

Why not see if you can

fit through ‘Squeeze

Gut Alley’ (Whitstable’s

smallest alley)

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Whitstable is renowned for

its oysters which are hugely

synonymous with the town.

Their annual Oyster Festival

is held every July and is based

on the Norman ceremony of

Thanksgiving hosted by local

fishermen to celebrate their

survival at sea and draws in

thousands of visitors.

Look for...

‘The Favourite’

(as it’s also

known by locals)

this is the last Whitstable

Oyster Yawl to remain.

When oyster dredging

was a main industry in

Whitstable, nearly half

of the oysters in London

came from here!

Whitstable’s stunning sites

include Whitstable Castle

and Gardens and the Harbour.

Laying on the north Kent coast

at the mouth of the River Swale

Whitstable Harbour is the visible

link to its history of diving, ship

owning, fishing and worldwide

trade.

Dive into Whitstable’s darker

side where you can explore the

network of Whitstable’s alleyways

that served as ideal escape routes

for smugglers in the 1700s.

The town has a strong arts

culture and community that

is evident as soon as you stroll

through the streets. Expect to see

bijoux galleries and artists selling

their own work in quaint shops

along Harbour Street, The High

Street, Oxford Street and at the

harbour market. The Horsebridge

Arts and Community Centre

is only yards from the town

centre and galleries have weekly

exhibitions featuring local, solo

and international artists as well

as selling local artists’ work.

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➜ DID YOU

KNOW?...

In 2019

Whitstable was

awarded ‘plastic- free’

status - the first town

in Kent to receive

this accolade.

➜ TIP...

Download the new

Salt Pan Walk -

offering intrigue over

scenery, this street

walk through the

town was designed by

local maritime expert

Gordon Vincent.

➜ FACT...

One of the most

dog friendly

destinations

in the UK.

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With an abundance of restaurants and

a thriving cafe culture you are spoilt for

choice. Enjoy some time relaxing by

the glistening waters, with a cool drink

from The Neptune pub that stands right

on the beach on a hot summer’s day.

Or indulge in some traditional fish and

chips by the water whilst watching the

boats go by. For a beach view dinner

at sunset, JoJo’s at Tankerton beach is

a good choice, serving cocktails and

tapas until late.

➜ Leisure and sporting activities include

yachting, kite and windsurfing and the

Greta Barge tours. The Whitstable

Playhouse, offers plays, pantomimes,

music, comedy and an active youth group

hello friendly faces

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For that special occasion Michelin star and

multi award winning restaurant The Sportsman

(Seasalter) offers fantastic tasting menus, Pearson

Arms is renowned for its lazy lunches and Harbour

Street Tapas has great local fresh ingredients.

For those with an appetite on the eye as well as the

palette the Whitstable Oyster Company is one of

the most photographed restaurants in town.

hello independent shops

hello great food

hello Kent coast

Enjoy a great day out!

There’s something for everyone to discover in Herne Bay

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➜ The wild walks surrounding Herne

Bay include beach, cliff, woodland and

nature reserve walks, as well as the

well-worn and much-loved pilgrims

paths. The cliff walk from Beltinge to

Reculver is a perfect place for the sunset

or ramble through East Blean Woods

(a site of special scientific interest)

and Thornden Wood

Visiting Herne Bay offers you the chance to escape, stop and breathe in

the fresh sea air. With wide-open spaces, a capacious horizon and miles

of coastline to stroll along - it’s no wonder Herne Bay was dubbed as the

‘Healthiest Spot in England’ during the Victorian times.

If you’re looking for a traditional seaside town too, the town and beach are well worth a

visit. The Pier offers seaside fairground rides, the beach is popular for crabbing, colourful

beach huts are available for hire and the promenade walk sweeps down the coast.

You will see a statue of famous aviator Amy Johnson (whose plane crashed close by),

Tower Gardens and Promenade Play Area plus the Herne Bay Clock Tower built in 1837.

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Local tip...

“Bishopstone Beach is a fantastic

place for fossil hunting with

shark’s teeth at every turn”

Tom Hawkins, local Coastal

Development Officer.

Go to the beach...

In the summer holidays the

blue-flag-awarded Central

Beach has lifeguards and

if you look to your right you

can spot the captivating

medieval twin towers and

Roman fort at Reculver -

a must see if you have time

➜ FUN FOR ALL...

Herne Bay Festival is

a free family event,

held in August, which

attracts thousands

of visitors.

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Herne Bay ARTS

Herne Bay has a rapidly growing arts

community with some wonderful and

eclectic groups. Don’t be surprised to find

pop-up art around the town or guerilla

knitting courtesy of The Cosy Crew.

Look out for the knitting on the pier.

Beach Creative has galleries for creatives

and an independent café. Their artists in

residence open their studios as part of the

East Kent Open Studios weekend every

October and they host an interesting range

of workshops for the whole family.

The town’s Seaside Museum is one of a

kind - and artefacts include a bouncing

bomb and the oldest known horse fossil

found in Herne Bay.

Follow signs for the town’s cultural trail

for a tour of smuggling, Victorian history,

aviation and even murder!

➜ Shopping in Herne Bay is all about

independent retailers and scouring the many

quality pre-loved shops for hidden gems

Jo Oakley, local artist says...

“Herne Bay has many gems and

a thriving artistic community...

something is always happening.”

➜ Why not celebrate the

75th anniversary of

V.E day at the Vintage

Empire Tearooms in

Herne Bay

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➜ Eateries and pubs are in abundance

including The Hampton Inn, The Ship

Inn, the mezze bar Grapevine, the

vegan and plastic free Wallflower Café,

Casa Mia (the first restaurant in UK to

be certified by the AVPN (Associazione

Verace Pizza Napoletana), A La Turka,

the Four Fathoms Pub and the microbreweries

The Copper Pottle and the

Bouncing Barrel. It’s also worth noting

that local brewery, Goody Ales, opens

to the public for tours and tastings



A unique Craft Brewery,

Distillery, Restaurant &

Bar, located in the heart

of Canterbury City Centre

Brewery & Distillery Tours available at:

thefoundrycanterbury.co.uk

community art centre

galleries, studios, courses, workshops

And, of course, a delicious cafe - TOAST.

Our vision is to inspire & make accessible

the development of the creative industries

within the wider community of Herne Bay

and its immediate area.

Open 7 days per week – 9am – 4pm.

Web: www.beachcreative.org Tel: 0300 111 1913

email: beachcreativeinfo@gmail.com

facebook: Beach Creative CIC

Twitter @ Beachcreative

Instagram: beach_creative

WHITSTABLE

HARBOUR DAY

& BOAT SHOW

Saturday 1 August 2020

Brew Pub

BEST PLACE FOR

BEER IN KENT

PUB OF THE YEAR

Fantastic family-friendly programme with free admission

Entertainment • Displays • Stalls • Music

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STRAWBERRIES - CHERRIES - RASPBERRIES - PUMPKINS

+ MUCH MORE TO PICK!

A WHOLE DAY OF FUN TO BE HAD:

PLAYGROUND - COFFEE SHOP - MAIZE MAZE - FARM SHOP

A farm animal attraction

devoted entirely to micro and

miniature animals.

Micro pigs, miniature donkeys, Teddy Bear

sheep, miniature chickens and alpacas.

Mingle with animals free-ranging around

the orchard. You can even arrange to

take them for a walk.

Based in Faversham in Kent, we’re a small,

rustic and peaceful venue.

From Dambusters to floods, piers to

Punch and Judy, the Seaside Museum

has plenty of surprises under one roof.

Displays include local history, paintings, prints and photos, tusks of a

prehistoric straight-tusked elephant and fossils from local beaches, coastal

wildlife and a Barnes Wallis bouncing bomb prototype from World War Two.

With a rolling programme of exhibitions and events there is always something

new to see and do. There is also a gift shop stocking local-history books,

work by local makers and a good range of seaside gifts. The Seaside

Museum is now managed and run entirely by volunteers. The museum

is wheelchair friendly.

Please check our website

for details of current

and future exhibitions

and events

theseasidemuseumhernebay.org

OPEN: MAY TO NOVEMBER

Visit www.Felderland-PYO.co.uk

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BOOKING ESSENTIAL

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Beyond

Canterbury

Canterbury is a prime location for exploring the wider

countryside of Kent from the coastal gateway of Dover to the

heart of the ‘Garden of England’. With golf courses, ancient

woodlands, country hotels, wildlife parks, vineyards and

micropubs; point a pin in any direction and you can’t go wrong.

Exploring further afield the ultimate castle experience awaits at English

Heritage’s Dover Castle. Factor in a whole day. Investigate Churchill’s secret

wartime tunnels, and Britain’s oldest building the Roman lighthouse.

Away from the coast, Walmer Castle and Gardens was originally a Tudor fort

until becoming a stately home lived in by the Duke of Wellington. This awardwinning

destination has tranquil grounds with a play area.

For country grandeur look no further than Mount Ephraim House and Gardens

in Hernhill. With events throughout the year and Edwardian gardens this is the

place to find fairies, picnic and stroll through the rose garden.

For an immersive woodland

family-run experience pre-book a

tour around Huckleberry Woods.

Here you will meet sniffling little

micro-pigs, miniature donkeys,

Teddy Bear Sheep and alpacas.

There is a summerhouse and play

area on site.

If you’re looking for larger animal

experiences then Wildwood,

near Herne Bay is a great day out.

See 200 British animals (past and

present) and meet two rescued

bears who had spent life in a

concrete enclosure. Make feeding

time to watch them lick jam off the

tree trunks.

For a quieter pastime, a selection

of breweries and vineyards are

in the area to visit and microbreweries

are a great way to

sample local ales and beers

and meet the locals.

Go wild...

Other animal attractions include

Wingham Wildlife Park with penguins and

an open meerkat enclosure and Howletts

Wild Animal Park with a family of western

lowland Gorillas and the UK’s largest

African elephant herd

The Butcher’s Arms in Herne

Bay is cited as the ‘original

micropub and the birthplace

of the micropub revolution’

and is the winner of numerous

CAMRA awards. Other local

breweries include Handsome

Sam in Whitstable, Canterbury

Brewers, Whitstable Brewery,

Mad Cat Brewery in Faversham

and Goody Ales Herne Bay.

For country accommodation

with a golf course, Broome

Park Estate’s grade 1 listed

manor house is one of the

finest examples of Carolean

architecture in England or the

Cave Hotel and Golf Resort

in Boughton offers modern,

luxurious accommodation.

Tips from the locals...

Richard Goodenough,

Owner of Chartham

Vineyard recommends

the Great Stour Way

walk from Chartham

to Canterbury. ‘This 3

mile traffic-free route

provides a beautiful,

tranquil journey along

the banks of the River

Stour. Pop in for a free

tasting of our wines and

a visit to the Vineyard

Gallery - we’d love to

welcome you’

➜ Many of Kent’s wine

producing vineyards

are open to the public

for tours, wine tasting,

dining and shopping,

making vineyard-visiting a

unique day out. Why not

try Chartham Vineyard,

just 3 miles from the city

centre where you can learn

about the rich history of

Kent’s viticulture. Couple

this with a trip to Barnsole

Vineyard, in the village

of Staple, who sell their

award-winning wines

from their winery door

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➜ TOP TIP...

Pre-booking your tour

around Huckleberry

Woods is essential

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Be inspired

BY THE ‘YEAR OF THE

PILGRIMAGE’

2020 is the ‘Year of the Pilgrimage’ and walking

trails are heartily embraced by locals and holiday

makers, with or without religion. A modern

pilgrimage is about taking time to tune into the

outdoors, fresh air, beautiful countryside and

enjoy a slower pace of life.

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There are so many trails in

Canterbury, its coast and

beyond, that you are spoilt

for choice.

The 250-mile ancient trail, called

‘The Old Way’ has recently been

re-discovered and is thought to

have been the pilgrimage King

Henry II followed, barefoot, from

Southampton to Canterbury

to repent for the murder of

Thomas Becket.

The famous ‘Pilgrims Way’

from Winchester to Canterbury

connects to the North Downs

Way and the 19-mile-long

England section of the Via

Francigena Pilgrimage Route

from Canterbury all the

way to Rome.

For shorter walks why not try…

➜ Queen Bertha’s Walk

(1.5 miles) Within Canterbury

city centre connecting the

UNESCO World Heritage

sites of Canterbury Cathedral,

St. Augustine’s Abbey and St.

Martin’s Church.

➜ Whitstable to Herne Bay

(5 miles) Walk coast to coast

for this easy going walk in either

direction and enjoy the views

out to the sea.

➜ Crab and Winkle Way

(7.5 miles) Walk the old railway

route between Canterbury and

Whitstable, (mostly off-road).

➜ Canterbury to

Shepherdswell (10.4 miles)

Walk along part of the ancient

Via Francigena Pilgrim route

to Rome, passing historical

landmarks and crossing

picturesque villages and open

fields along the way.

Leave only footsteps…

There are many public

footpaths, nature reserves

and sites of special scientific

interest surrounding

Canterbury, Whitstable and

Herne Bay and the Garden of

England title lends itself well

to walkers. Countryside walks

include Herne and West Blean

Wood walk, Reculver walk,

Thornden Woods, Stour Valley

Walk and more. Check out

these websites to find your

perfect walk!

➜ canterbury.co.uk

➜ nationaltrail.co.uk/northdowns-way

➜ explorekent.org

Tips from the locals...

Ancient Burial Mounds –

Canterbury to Sheperdswell

“On the trail approaching

Shepherdswell along Long

Lane are a series of what

appears at first glance as

humps in the tree line. On closer

inspection, you will find a line of

burial mounds thought to date

back to the Bronze Age.”

Julia Lewis, Confraternity of

Pilgrims to Rome.

Many cite the ‘Pilgrim

stone’ (or ‘zero stone’),

found in Canterbury

Cathedral precincts,

as the start or finish

of their pilgrimage

Ale on the Trail

“A good walk often ends with a

pub! For Canterbury, I like The

Foundry Brewpub and Thomas

Tallis and along the North Downs

Way, check out The Wrong Turn

(if you can find it) at Barfrestone

or the Tipsy Gardener at

Shepherdswell, which also offers

accommodation.” Peter Morris –

North Downs Way Trail Manager.

➜ DO YOU KNOW...

You can get your Pilgrim

passport stamped at the

information centre at

the Cathedral precinct?

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Cycling

Cycling in and around Canterbury offers you an exciting choice

of pick and mix scenery. Will you choose ancient woodlands,

Areas of Outstanding Beauty (AONB) and hidden micropubs?

Or quintessential English villages, meadows and rugged

coastlines? The choice is yours with more than 4,273 public

rights of way - the only question is which way?

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Exploring our city, coast and

countryside can be done on

short, or long rides. Using

Canterbury as a base there

are dozens of routes up for

grabs. You can ride from

Canterbury Cathedral,

through the countryside all

the way to Dover. The route

includes part of the Great Stour

Way, Milton Church, marshes,

meadows, Chartham paper

mill and is also

the gateway to

the Kent Downs

AONB.

Canterbury to Fordwich is a

pretty village ride of 3 miles

or you can head on further

towards the coast on the 7.6

mile Crab and Winkle Way

from Canterbury to Whitstable

harbour via picturesque ancient

woodland, following the old

steam railway line.

At Whitstable join The

Oyster Bay Trail, cycling from

Swalecliffe to Reculver. The trail

hugs the coast and is a 6.7 mile

section of the Viking Coastal

Trail – itself a 32 mile cycle route

across the Isle of Thanet. There

is a Kent Coastal Castle Ride

of 5.9 miles from Deal to St.

Margaret’s at Cliffe if you want

to extend your coastal journey

and from Reculver the North

Thanet Coast cycle runs for 9.2

miles all the way to Margate.

For more ambitious rides you

can twin up with the train network,

allowing you to go from coast to

coast in one day or travel from

London back down to Canterbury

leaving the big smoke for the

country hills and sea views.

Longer cycle trips include

the 47 mile Pilgrims Way

from Canterbury to Rochester

(or vice-versa) going through

the North Downs, along the

River Medway and pretty Kent

villages on the way.

For an epic ride, choose The

Garden of England Cycle Route -

180 miles from London to Thanet

(including the Crab and Winkle

Way) travelling through Canterbury,

Sandwich, Dover and then onto

Hastings on the south coast.

No bike? No problem...

If you don’t have your own bicycle,

then Kent Cycle Hire will be

able to help. With pick up and

drop off centres in Canterbury

and Whitstable plus a drop off

centre in Herne Bay

you have flexibility for

your cycle route.

kentcyclehire.com

➜ AVID CYCLIST?...

For avid cyclists why not try

‘The Canterbury Bike Ride’

held on Sunday 26 July it is

a friendly sporting initiative,

starting on the outskirts

of the city and journeying

through some of Kent’s

most stunning countryside,

with a range of mileage.

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Treasures

HIDDEN

From wonderful historical facts to long-forgotten architecture,

there’s no shortage of unusual things to discover, no matter

where you are.

For example, did you know

that St. Martins Church in

Canterbury is the oldest

church, which has been in

continuous use, in the Englishspeaking

world? Dating

to 597AD this treasure is

part of the UNESCO World

Heritage Site in Canterbury

and well worth a visit. While

you are there tucked away

around the side of the church

is a natural spring that often

goes unnoticed.

While on the lookout for

treasures, in Sturry look for a

medieval holy water conduit

with a 1960s roof. Found

behind the Prince of Wales

Boxing Club, the conduit

carries water from the reed

pond to Canterbury Cathedral

via Prior Wilbert’s cutting-edge

waterworks of 1150AD.

A walk through Victory

Woods (Yorkletts, Whitstable)

reveals a Cold War bunker

that is opened to the public on

Heritage Open Days.

Victory Wood was planted

between 2005-2008 to mark

the 200th anniversary of

Britain’s victory at the Battle of

Trafalgar. From the vantage

point features relating to the

battle (sculptures, trees and

groves) have been landscaped

to represent each ship in the

British fleet.

If Reculver is on your list to visit,

then pay a trip to the village of

Hoath. This ancient and small

village was originally in the

parish of Reculver. The Holy

Cross Church was founded

in Hoath but was dissolved

in 1548.

➜ The famous

clocktower on

Herne Bay seafront

is one of the oldest

freestanding clock

towers in the UK and

is lit up at night, but

did you know that

for special occasions

it can be arranged

for the clocktower

volunteer group @

baypromotion to

change the light

colours to befit

Stay the night...

For memorable

accommodation, wake up

with a view of the cathedral

framing your window with a

stay at the Cathedral Lodge.

The Boathouse in Whitstable

is just as cool with a balcony

overlooking the

RSPB nature

reserve and

the sea

➜ Along the promenade at Herne

Bay is a bronze statue of English

Aviator Amy Johnson looking

out to sea. She was the first

woman to fly solo from England

to Australia but died after her

plane crashed near Herne Bay in

1941. Next to the pier is a wooden

model plane that children enjoy

clambering in for photos

➜ Herne Bay has had many

famous residents including artist

Marcel Duchamp, writer George

Reynolds (whose books were

more popular than Dickens in his

day) and Detective Edmund Reid

– who was at the centre of the

Jack the Ripper investigation

➜ Herne bay has not only attracted

famous faces but is also a

popular filming location as seen

in Doctor Who (1968) Little

Britain (2003) and ITV latest

series sitcom Kate & Koji (2020).

Along the coast, Whitstable

has had its fair share of fame

on screen too with Tipping the

Velvet (2002) shot there

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➜ DO YOU KNOW...

In Canterbury

Cathedral there is

a door behind the

‘Martyrdom’ which

many people think is

out of bounds, it isn’t

- The Great Cloister

lies beyond boasting

many stone carvings of

animals, coats of arms

and medieval heads

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Events

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With so many events taking place, fill your diary and find

your reason to visit Canterbury this year!

Dreamland’s 100th

Anniversary 2020:

dreamland.co.uk

April – October: A

Pilgrimage Chapel

at Canterbury Cathedral

devoted to Thomas Becket

becket2020.com

8 - 9 May: City Sounds

Project in the Park

cspinthepark.com

2 May: Kent Vegan Festival

animalaid.org

16 May – 27

September:

Becket - World Celebrity

Healer Exhibition

canterburymuseums.co.uk

18 May: Church, Saints and

Seals Conference

canterbury.ac.uk

30 May: Day of Prayer

and Pilgrimage, plus

Beacon Event

classicult.it

25 June – 2 July: King’s Week

Arts Festival (The King’s

School, Canterbury)

kings-school.co.uk

27 June: Becket on

Film Screenings

canterbury.ac.uk

8 June: 150th Anniversary

of Charles Dickens’ Death

13 June: Pride Canterbury

canterbury.co.uk

20 June: Guided

Canterbury

Pilgrimage Walk for Becket

2020 Canterbury

West Station

eventbrite.co.uk

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26 - 27 June: Canterbury Wine

Festival at Westgate Hall

westgatehall.org

June: Kent Cricket 150

Years & Kent Cricket week

kentcricket.co.uk

4 July: Medieval Pageant

and Family Trail

canterburybid.co.uk

4 July: An evening

screening of the

1960s film ‘Becket’ at the

Gulbenkian

thegulbenkian.co.uk

12 - 19 July: 149th Golf

Open at Royal St.

George’s Golf Club

theopen.com

17 July: Westlife - Stadiums in

the summer tour

kentcricket.co.uk/events

18 July: Night at the Cathedral

canterbury-cathedral.org

19 July: Little Mix -

summer tour

kentcricket.co.uk/events

24 - 27 July: Whitstable

Oyster Festival

whitstableoysterfestival.co.uk

1 August: Raise the

Roof Festival

raisetheroofkent.com

1 August: Whitstable

Harbour Day & Boat Show

whitstablemaritime.org

31 August: Canterbury

Half Marathon

halfmarathonlist.co.uk

29 - 30 August: bOing!

Family Festival

boingfestival.com

1-31 August: Herne

Bay Festival

hernebayfestival.com

5 September – 8 November:

Folkestone Triennial

creativefolkestone.org.uk

16 September: Mayflower400

canterbury.co.uk

11 – 20 September -

Canterbury Food & Drink

Festival

Facebook @CTFoodFest

October -

February: Thomas

Becket Exhibition -

Canterbury Cathedral

canterbury-cathedral.org

17 - 31 October: Canterbury

Festival canterburyfestival.co.uk

18 October: Oktoberfest

Westgate Hall

westgatehall.org

22 - 24 October:

Murder

at the Cathedral

canterbury-cathedral.org

27 - 29 October:

The Big Draw and

Children’s Pilgrimage

Activities canterbury

thebigdraw.org

7 November - 3 January:

Beaney: Rupert

Bear Centenary

canterburymuseums.co.uk

November – December:

Christmas Market and

Canterbury on Ice rink

canterbury.co.uk

28 December: 10th

Anniversary Saxon

Shore Marathon

saxon-shore.com

29 December:

Martyrdom of

Thomas Becket

Choral Evensong

canterbury-cathedral.org

visitcanterbury.co.uk

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CHURCH OAST

Where to stay

churchoast.co.uk

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Situated in beautiful Hernhill, our luxury

oast house bed and breakfast is a perfect

place to stay and enjoy the Garden of

England's countryside.

Visit our beautiful, converted oast house in

the quiet, picturesque village of Hernhill.

Our three spacious rooms have wonderful

views over the orchards and are fitted with

those luxury extras to make your stay more

comfortable.

We offer you a wide choice of breakfast,

cooked to order and using local and home

grown produce. We aim to make your stay

with us memorable.

All of our bedrooms reflect the architecture

of the original use of the building.

Don't just take our word for it...

"A lovely spring break. Garden, food and comforts

excellent." - A and D Yorkshire

"Perfect. So happy and lucky to live our first English

Christmas here. We will keep these precious

moments in this wonderful place in our hearts."

The O family France

TELEPHONE: +44 (0) 1227 750974

EMAIL: info@churchoast.co.uk

7 LONGPORT

7longport.co.uk

Glorious English Holidays

From long walks on the beach to adventures in the beautiful countryside,

we have 350+ stunning holiday homes to choose from across Kent and

Sussex. And because we have local people in our local offices, we can

help you plan your perfect weekend break or longer stay.

Talk to our friendly team today on 01227 809182

or go to www.kentandsussexcottages.co.uk

76 Castle Street, Canterbury, CT1 2QD

7 Longport is an award winning bed and

breakfast on the edge of Canterbury’s

historic city centre.

A very pretty, one-bedroom 15th century cottage

in a beautiful courtyard has been revamped into

a chic place to stay, tucked away from the noise

and bustle, where all you can hear is birdsong.

Downstairs there’s a cosy sitting room heated by

a woodburner and also a smart shower room.

Up a steep flight of stairs is the stylish bedroom

with a kingsize bed with a handmade mattress,

lovely crisp cotton sheets, snuggly duvet and

luxury pillows.

Breakfast brings all manner of things using top

quality ingredients from local suppliers or grown

on our own allotment and offers a great choice

to suit every taste.

Beautiful South

Awards 2019 award

winner

Muddy Stilettos Kent

Finalist 2019

TELEPHONE: +44 (0) 1227 455367

EMAIL: info@7longport.co.uk

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GREAT FIELD FARM B&B

great-field-farm.co.uk

HUCKLEBERRY WOODS - COTTAGE

WITH SO MUCH TO DO WHY

NOT STAY OVERNIGHT?

We offer Bed & Breakfast and Self Catering in 4 Eco

Barns and Cottage Suite, offering 1 -23 bed spaces.

Bumble Barn - a detached eco-barn, all on the ground

floor, with a large open plan sitting room/dining/kitchen.

3 bedrooms - a king double with en-suite shower and 2

twin bedrooms with a shared bathroom/shower. With

infra-red underfloor heating and triple glazing.

Sunset Lodge - 2 ground floor bedrooms, a double with

wetroom and a twin with bathroom, with 2 more beds in

the upstairs snug. Open plan sitting/dining/kitchen.

Apple and Hazel Barns - again all on the ground floor,

each has 2 en-suite bedrooms, each with a king double,

Apple Barn with a triple and Hazel Barn with a twin

room, and large open plan sitting/dining/kitchen areas.

The Cottage - twin bedroom, bathroom and sitting

room with private entrance.

10 minutes drive to Canterbury,

Folkestone, Ashford, Channel Tunnel.

Lewana and Malcolm Castle.

Great Field Farm, Misling Lane, Stelling

Minnis, Canterbury CT4 6DE

TELEPHONE: +44 (0) 1227 709223

EMAIL: greatfieldfarm@aol.com

Beguiling countryside

cottage at the

amazing Huckleberry

Woods - micro animal

adventures.Your

perfect break.

TELEPHONE: +44 (0) 7929 871465

EMAIL: belinda@huckleberrywoods.co.uk

7 Longport B&B

7longport.co.uk

CANTERBURY

Bellflower Mews

bellflowermewscanterbury.co.uk

Canterbury Cottages

canterbury-cottages.co.uk

Find your perfect place at

VISITCANTERBURY.CO.UK

Broome Park Hotel and Golf Resort

broomepark.co.uk

Cave Hotel and Golf Resort

cavehotels.com

Church Oast B&B

churchoast.co.uk

COUNTRYSIDE

UNIVERSITY OF KENT

ST STEPHEN’S GUEST HOUSE

Canterbury Cathedral Lodge

canterburycathedrallodge.org

Great Field Farm B&B

great-field-farm.co.uk

Our beautiful 300 acre parkland campus

overlooks the historic city of Canterbury

and its famous Cathedral. We have over

5,000 bedrooms including standard, en-suite,

single and double rooms, all competitively

priced. Our excellent on-site facilities include

catering outlets, a cinema, gym and cycle hire,

plus other superb sports and leisure amenities,

car and coach parking and Wi-Fi throughout.

Just a 10 minute walk to the Cathedral,

city centre and Canterbury West railway

station. Family run, we offer comfortable

accommodation in a warm and friendly

atmosphere.

All bedrooms are en-suite and breakfast is

included. Free WiFi and free private on-site car

park. Self- catering apartment also available

within the grounds of the guest house.

Cathedral Gate Hotel

cathgate.co.uk

Falstaff Hotel and Cocktail Bar

thefalstaffincanterbury.com

Harriet House B&B

harriethouse.co.uk

Kent and Sussex Cottages

kentandsussexcottages.co.uk

Huckleberry Woods Cottage

airbnb.com/h/cottage-with-micro-animal-encounters

Mount Ephraim House and Gardens

mountephraimgardens.co.uk

Palace Farm Hostel

palacefarm.com

Woolton Farm

wooltonfarm.co.uk

University of Kent

kent.ac.uk/holidays

The Dog at Wingham

thedog.co.uk

TELEPHONE: +44 (0) 1227 828000

EMAIL: holidays@kent.ac.uk

TELEPHONE: +44 (0) 1227 767644

EMAIL: info@ststephensguesthouse.co.uk

WAYS TO KEEP IN TOUCH

Canterbury Visitor Information Centre

18 High St, CT1 2RA

facebook.com/visitcanterbury

instagram.com/visitcanterbury

twitter.com/visitCanterbury

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HOW TO

Get here

Whether travelling by train, bus, biking, walking,

park and ride or road, Canterbury, Herne Bay

and Whitstable are so well connected you will

find them with ease.

CANTERBURY

BY TRAIN...

BY ROAD…

PARK & RIDE...

Folkestone

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With direct connections to and

from London Charing Cross

and London Victoria, both

Canterbury East and Canterbury

West stations offer flexible travel

to and from London with the

high speed 1 through Canterbury

West only taking 59 minutes

from London. Canterbury East

connects to Dover Prior station in

just 17 minutes. From Canterbury

to Whitstable or Herne Bay trains

travel via one simple change at

Faversham. The close proximity

to Ashford International, Eurostar

and the Eurotunnel Le Shuttle at

Folkestone make visits from the

continent an easy option too.

Plan your train travel through

nationalrail.co.uk

BY BUS…

National Express runs from

London Victoria Coach Station

and the Stagecoach M2 Express

links Canterbury to the O2

Greenwich. Stagecoach East

Kent local buses service the

district well with the triangle route

covering Canterbury, Whitstable

and Herne Bay. For details

visit stagecoachbus.com and

nationalexpress.com

Close to all major south east

motorways (M20/M2/M25/

M26) Canterbury is well

connected to and from London

and Dover. Travelling the short

distance to the coast from

Canterbury, take the direct 7 mile

route on the A290 all the way to

Whitstable and on to Herne Bay

following the coast. For direct to

Herne Bay from Canterbury, take

the Thornden Wood Road for an

8 mile trip.

BY BOAT…

The ferry ports of Dover are

within a 30 minute drive time to

Canterbury with regular sailings.

BY AIR…

All the major London airports are

less than two hours drive from

Canterbury (London Gatwick

Airport is 1 hour 25 minutes,

London Heathrow Airport 1 hour

55 minutes, London Stansted

Airport 1 hour 45 minutes and

London Luton Airport 2 hours).

Maypole Airfield is the closest

private airstrip.

For an easy parking option use

Canterbury’s Park and Ride

loop. Buses run approx. every

10 minutes, have free WiFi,

cost £3.50 per day and you

can hop on and off as much as

you want. There are three sites

(New Dover Road, Sturry Road

and Wincheap) which all have

disabled parking and spaces

for motorbikes. The New Dover

Road site offers motorhome

parking too. For details visit

canterbury.gov.uk/parkandride

BY BIKE…

Cyclists are well catered for

throughout the district with

cycle routes crisscrossing the

city and stretching down the

coast to Whitstable and Herne

Bay. There is cycle hire aplenty

and cycle lockers and parking

available. For details go to

visitcanterbury.co.uk

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PILGRIM ROUTES IN KENT

Discover a pilgrim route near you

Our well maintained routes and cosy pubs are welcoming

all year round – whatever the weather

Suggested Taster Trail

CANTERBURY TO

SHEPHERDSWELL

Walk on the Via Francigena

pilgrimage route to Rome,

starting at the official

zero-kilometre stone at

Canterbury Cathedral.

The route passes The

World Heritage Sites of

St. Augustine’s Abbey

and St. Martin’s church,

picturesque villages and

historic churches. Finish at

Shepherdswell with local

pubs, a shop and café.

Return via train. 11 miles/

5hrs, easy going.

FIND OUT MORE:

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THE VIA FRANCIGENA

The Via Francigena is an 1800 km pilgrim trail from

Canterbury to Rome, leading down through northeastern

France, Switzerland, over the Alps via the

Great St. Bernard Pass, and through Italy to reach the

‘Eternal City’.

MODERN-DAY PILGRIMAGE

The Via Francigena has seen a revival of the pilgrimage route

since its designation as a Cultural Route by the Council of

Europe in 1994. Modern pilgrims are of all ages, beliefs and

motivations. They are connected by a desire to withdraw

from the busy pace of modern-day life and to take time

for introspection, to be immersed in nature, to engage

with different cultures and to meet new people. The 1800

km journey is certainly a physical challenge, but it can be

undertaken in stages or only partially.



TINY TIM’S TEAROOM

Based in the heart of Canterbury, Tiny Tim’s Tearoom is a characterful

building with an olde-worlde feel. A popular spot where you can while

away an afternoon and sample a range of delicious sweet treats, pastries

and cooked meals, and a brewed-to-perfection pot of your tea of choice.

Offering a quintessentially British ambience, the tearoom suits all tastes, including

gluten-free and vegan options, with savoury treats like a full English breakfast, omelettes

and the chef’s signature quiche served alongside handmade cakes, scones and other baked

goods. Tiny Tim’s highly popular afternoon tea is served all day, comprising sweet and

savoury delights including finger sandwiches, as well as freshly baked scones and

a choice of tea or coffee from the extensive range.

TINY TIM’S TEAROOM

01227 450 793

34 St Margaret’s St, Canterbury, CT1 2TG

tinytimstearoom.com

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