An Adrenaline Junkie’s Guide To Canterbury

Canterbury and its surrounding areas have a whole host of adrenaline fuelled activities that will whet the appetite of anyone wanting an action-packed holiday.



We are spoil for choice in Kent with our amazing cycle networks, from some short scenic routes to a range of lengthy trails for the more adventurous. See our blog on the best cycle routes available around Canterbury so that you can plan the route most suitable for you. For those who prefer a little off roading, head to Covert Woods near Barham for some great mountain bike trails.



Canterbury boasts a wonderful indoor bouldering centre which has been designed and built by dedicated enthusiasts and is suitable for both first time and advanced climbers. The gym has a variety of different angled walls with varying routes to offer a range of challenges for all, and climbing shoes and chalk bags are available to rent at reception. Climbing is a wonderful sport for all ages and children over the age of 5 are most welcome, although under 12’s do need to be supervised by an adult. Challenge yourself by using the grading charts to plot your colour coded routes and see how far you can get. There is a café on site for some well-earned refreshments afterwards.

Escape Rooms


Escape Rooms are an exciting activity, perfect for a rainy day and great for a couple or a family to enjoy together! Escape Kent is located 15 minutes’ walk from the centre of Canterbury and has lots of exciting rooms to choose from, some suitable for younger members of the family and others with a higher scare factor so more geared towards teenagers and adults. Become a crew member in the Pirates of the Stormy Seas, try to escape prison in Jail Break, or dare to be scared in the Haunting!

Escape in the Towers is a separate award-winning company located within England’s oldest medieval gateway at the far end of Canterbury’s main High Street. Set in the original city jail, these escape rooms are full of history and atmosphere. There are three rooms to choose from: The Crime and Punishment Lab, WWII Blitz Experience and the Magna Carta Murder.

Paddle boarding/canoeing/kayaking


Canoe Wild is situated 20 minutes’ drive from Canterbury and is the perfect destination for exploring the Great Stour River, either by canoe, kayak or SUP. Rent for just one hour or start at the Fordwich site and make your way to the Grove Ferry site, catching a free lift back to your car at the end. Both the Fordwich and Grove Ferry sites have excellent pubs for a hearty lunch after your workout on the river and it really is a fantastic way to spend the day when the weather is fair.

Property by Polygon provides self-catering holiday lets in Canterbury City Centre.

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