Why should you choose Canterbury as your next holiday destination?

There are many reasons why Canterbury is a top UK holiday destination.  Not only is it a beautiful historical city, brimming with fascinating buildings and cultural sites, but it is also set within the idyllic countryside of Kent and is no more than 20 minutes’ drive to the local beach. So, whether you are looking for a city break, an escape to the country or a coastal retreat, Canterbury can offer something for everyone!


Canterbury is probably best known for being a medieval city and home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Its cathedral rises majestically above the cobbled streets and is a blend of Romanesque and Gothic architecture. It also boasts some of the most exquisite stained-glass windows from the 12th century which are thought to be the oldest in England.  Whether you are religious or not, you cannot deny the beauty of the building and as you explore the cathedral and walk in the footsteps of pilgrims from centuries past, the atmosphere is palpable.


The city itself has an abundance of beautiful buildings other than the cathedral and at every twist and turn of the cobbled streets, you are faced with delight after architectural delight.  Take Sir John’s Boys’ House for example, which resides on Palace Street and is now home to Catching Lives bookshop. This building almost defies the laws of gravity and no trip to Canterbury is complete without taking a closer look at the slanted door frame and the top-heavy nature of this 17th Century building. The best way to experience all of the historical buildings and to soak up the culture of the city, is to take a guided walking tour run by the Canterbury Guided Tour company. These 90-minute tours are a great way to explore all the hidden secrets of the city whilst admiring the splendid architecture, and our guests will receive 10% off too!


Canterbury is set in the beautiful Garden of England and there are many beautiful walking and cycling trails for you to try out if you fancy exploring the local area. See our separate blogs on these for more information.  The fertile soil of Kent also means that there is some great local produce that can be purchased from nearby farm shops, which is also used by lots of the independent restaurants in the city to ensure their menus are as fresh and delicious as possible.  See our collaborations with some fantastic cafes and restaurants who all use local Kent produce in their menus. Perfect for a bite to eat in the evening during your stay!



Despite being a city location, Canterbury is extremely close to some amazing beaches!  Whether you prefer the sandy sands of Margate, the shingle beaches of Whitstable or the fossil hunting shores of Folkestone, the coast is never far away. Enjoy a day soaking up the sun and relaxing by the coast, and then return for an evening in Canterbury where you will be spoilt for choice with an abundance of restaurants, bars and pubs.




Being a lively university city, there is plenty to do in Canterbury for all ages.  Take a river boat tour on the River Stour, or keep the children amused at the Chimera Climbing wall or in one of the city’s escape rooms.  Canterbury is also a short drive to some superb wildlife parks where you can experience elephants, giraffes and gorillas up close, perfect for amusing your own little monkeys!

Canterbury really is a jack of all trades when it comes to what it offers you as a tourist destination.  It has the historical charm, the lively nightlife, the close proximity to some stunning countryside and beaches, and lots to see and do all year round!


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