CITY, COAST & COUNTRYSIDE
2020 OFFICIAL VISITOR GUIDE
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:
• 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
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
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.
A YEAR OF
THE CITY FOR HISTORY
THE CITY FOR
THE CITY FOR CULTURE
THE CITY FOR
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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!
19 BE INSPIRED BY
MICROGAP IN THE CITY, THE ‘YEAR OF THE
COAST & COUNTRY PILGRIMAGE’
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A YEAR OF
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
for this year!
Project in the
Park (8-9 May)
than 70 up and
artists, across 16
stages - a must for
LGBT+ identity for
the whole family
set in the heart
The day includes
a vibrant parade
through the city, so
come along and
join in the colourful
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miss out on the 17th
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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.
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.
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.
Festival (24-27 July)
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
& Boat Show
and soak up an
harbour past and
to see decorated
fans enjoy the
variety this festival
the town, talks,
on the pier.
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!
Bayfest is back
this August and
will deliver a
line-up of concerts,
expected to draw
thousands to the
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.
Canterbury Food & Drink
Festival (25- 27 September)
Try local artisan produce
culinary scene alongside
UK wide gastronomy in
the picturesque Dane
Kent Green Hop Beer
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).
Murder at the Cathedral
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
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.
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.
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
For a full calendar of listings go to
All event dates and details are
correct at the time of printing,
see visitcanterbury.co.uk for up to
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
➜ Discover the 12th
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
➜ 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
Look out for
this symbol for events as
part of the Becket2020
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
• Canterbury’s three
➜ MUST SEE...
• Canterbury Tales
• St. Augustine’s
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
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
➜ TOP TOURS...
Canterbury River Tours
Canterbury Punting Co
Canterbury Guided Tours
Tours of The Realm
Canterbury Ghost Tours
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’!
Try wrapping your
arms around the
200 year old Oriental
plane tree in the
➜ MUST SEE...
• The Marlowe
• The Beaney
House of Art
• The Roman
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.
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
“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.
“I like to visit the Micro
Roastery on St. Margaret’s
street as they do great
tasting coffee. It’s a
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.
TO INSPIRE YOU
Enjoy the history and spendour
of this medieval city to the full -
let us inspire you...
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.
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
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
and distill ...
Why not book
a brewery tour at
the Foundry Pub
in the city and
find out about their
Tip: Ask about their
special gin, fermented
with yeast discovered in
a former monastery in
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
➜ For out of season
or rainy weekend stays
take advantage of the
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
fun with the majestic
dominating the skyline.
➜ Your evening
start with Evensong
Cathedral, followed by
entertainment at the
Marlowe Kit, Gulbenkian
Theatre or Houdini’s
➜ 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...
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.
●1,400 years of history to discover
●A A UNESCO World Heritage site
●‘Behind the Scenes’ tours and
guided visits available
A place of
Explore Canterbury Cathedral
- the world’s cathedral -
on a day out 1400 years in the making
Great for Groups
Becket 2020 Events
Park all day for
just £3.50 and
discover the city
Monday to Sunday, 7am until
late. See timetables at
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
popular with students and the
eclectic garments appeal to
thrift stylists and those looking
to make more sustainable
➜ ESCAPE ROOMS
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
➜ 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
➜ 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
Did you know...
Canterbury was also home to
the band Caravan tagged as
the creators of prog rock?
IN THE CITY, COAST
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
Alex Hare at
➜ 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
➜ 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.
Award-winning guided tours
The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge is
an Art Gallery, Museum, Library, Visitor
Information Centre and Café situated in
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.
for groups of
12 or more
Whether you are an inquisitive explorer
studying our treasures from the Ancient
worlds, a parent enjoying the perfect
cup of coffee in our Café, or an art lover
soaking up our latest special exhibition;
The Beaney is a building for everyone.
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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
Butchery Lane, Canterbury CT1 2JR
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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.
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.
Photo: Alex Hare Photography
From cosmopolitan city to the coastal charm of
Whitstable; this harbour-side town offers traditional
maritime heritage that leaves a good impression.
20 MINS FROM
➜ Take a graffiti
Why not try?...
Why not see if you can
fit through ‘Squeeze
Gut Alley’ (Whitstable’s
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.
(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
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.
➜ DID YOU
awarded ‘plastic- free’
status - the first town
in Kent to receive
Download the new
Salt Pan Walk -
offering intrigue over
scenery, this street
walk through the
town was designed by
local maritime expert
One of the most
in the UK.
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
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.
“Bishopstone Beach is a fantastic
place for fossil hunting with
shark’s teeth at every turn”
Tom Hawkins, local Coastal
Go to the beach...
In the summer holidays the
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
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
IN HERNE BAY
IN THE BAY.
➜ 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:
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
facebook: Beach Creative CIC
Twitter @ Beachcreative
& BOAT SHOW
Saturday 1 August 2020
BEST PLACE FOR
BEER IN KENT
PUB OF THE YEAR
Fantastic family-friendly programme with free admission
Entertainment • Displays • Stalls • Music
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
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
OPEN: MAY TO NOVEMBER
Tel: 07929 871465
The Seaside Museum, 12 William Street, Herne Bay, CT6 5EJ
Telephone:01227 367368 | Opening hours: From 31 March 11am-4pm Tuesday to Sunday
@seasidemuseum seasidemuseumhernebay seasidemuseumhernebay
Charity No. 1160344
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
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.
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,
Tips from the locals...
Owner of Chartham
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
➜ Many of Kent’s wine
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
from their winery door
➜ TOP TIP...
Pre-booking your tour
Woods is essential
BY THE ‘YEAR OF THE
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.
There are so many trails in
Canterbury, its coast and
beyond, that you are spoilt
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
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.
➜ 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
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
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
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?
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?
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
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
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.
➜ 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.
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
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
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
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
➜ The famous
Herne Bay seafront
is one of the oldest
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 @
change the light
colours to befit
Stay the night...
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
➜ 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
➜ DO YOU KNOW...
Cathedral there is
a door behind the
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
With so many events taking place, fill your diary and find
your reason to visit Canterbury this year!
April – October: A
at Canterbury Cathedral
devoted to Thomas Becket
8 - 9 May: City Sounds
Project in the Park
2 May: Kent Vegan Festival
16 May – 27
Becket - World Celebrity
18 May: Church, Saints and
30 May: Day of Prayer
and Pilgrimage, plus
25 June – 2 July: King’s Week
Arts Festival (The King’s
27 June: Becket on
8 June: 150th Anniversary
of Charles Dickens’ Death
13 June: Pride Canterbury
20 June: Guided
Pilgrimage Walk for Becket
26 - 27 June: Canterbury Wine
Festival at Westgate Hall
June: Kent Cricket 150
Years & Kent Cricket week
4 July: Medieval Pageant
and Family Trail
4 July: An evening
screening of the
1960s film ‘Becket’ at the
12 - 19 July: 149th Golf
Open at Royal St.
George’s Golf Club
17 July: Westlife - Stadiums in
the summer tour
18 July: Night at the Cathedral
19 July: Little Mix -
24 - 27 July: Whitstable
1 August: Raise the
1 August: Whitstable
Harbour Day & Boat Show
31 August: Canterbury
29 - 30 August: bOing!
1-31 August: Herne
5 September – 8 November:
16 September: Mayflower400
11 – 20 September -
Canterbury Food & Drink
Becket Exhibition -
17 - 31 October: Canterbury
18 October: Oktoberfest
22 - 24 October:
at the Cathedral
27 - 29 October:
The Big Draw and
7 November - 3 January:
November – December:
Christmas Market and
Canterbury on Ice rink
28 December: 10th
All details correct at time of print. Visit website for full and up-to-date listings.
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Our three spacious rooms have wonderful
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those luxury extras to make your stay more
We offer you a wide choice of breakfast,
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with us memorable.
All of our bedrooms reflect the architecture
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7 Longport is an award winning bed and
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A very pretty, one-bedroom 15th century cottage
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Downstairs there’s a cosy sitting room heated by
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Canterbury Cathedral Lodge
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Our beautiful 300 acre parkland campus
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catering outlets, a cinema, gym and cycle hire,
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Just a 10 minute walk to the Cathedral,
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station. Family run, we offer comfortable
accommodation in a warm and friendly
All bedrooms are en-suite and breakfast is
included. Free WiFi and free private on-site car
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Cathedral Gate Hotel
Falstaff Hotel and Cocktail Bar
Harriet House B&B
Kent and Sussex Cottages
Huckleberry Woods Cottage
Mount Ephraim House and Gardens
Palace Farm Hostel
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WAYS TO KEEP IN TOUCH
Canterbury Visitor Information Centre
18 High St, CT1 2RA
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.
PARK & RIDE...
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
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
Close to all major south east
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.
The ferry ports of Dover are
within a 30 minute drive time to
Canterbury with regular sailings.
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
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
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
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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
Walk on the Via Francigena
pilgrimage route to Rome,
starting at the official
zero-kilometre stone at
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:
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
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