The city has a weird mix of architectural styles, from genuine Tudor buildings to 1960s style office buildings. There is no coherent style to the buildings due to much of the city having been demolished during WW2, however much gems survived. The Dane John Gardens (by the City Walls and around the corner from the Whitefriars development) are full of suprises, hosting events (e.g. French and farmers markets) almost every weekend during the summer months. The subways on the east end of the main street have many paintings related to the Canterbury Tales.


what to see

Canterbury Cathedral The burial place of King Henry IV and Edward the Black Prince, but most famous as the scene of the murder of Thomas à Becket in 1170. Canterbury Cathedral is the seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Chief Primate of the Church of England.

St Martin's Church - World Heritage site (Roman Shrine). The oldest parish church in England still in constant use. If you look at the flint walls, you can still see the red brick that was used by the romans. Worth seeing. Admission free.

St Augustine's Abbey - world Heritage remains preserved by English Heritage.

Canterbury Castle- The ruins of a Norman castle built in the 11th Century. Admission free

where to drink


Black Horse, 10-12 Orchard Street, Canterbury, phone: 01227 766 058

Delightful family-run pub servicing the locals; dates back to George Rigden & Co. Pubs, local Canterburybrewers in 1909.

Brewer's Delight, 33 Broad Street, Canterbury, phone:01227 462 967

Current front sign shows 2 happy monks sharing a joke over a pint; old sign had shown barley & hops

Carpenter's Arms, 102 Black Griffin Lane, Canterbury, phone:01227 456 271

Built in 20th century; Sign identifies it with traditional crafts and guilds of carpenters.

Eight Bells, 34 London Road, Canterbury, phone:01227 454 794

Operated by Whitbread, retained beautiful old pub sign showing nun with bluebell flower.

The Old City Bar, Oaten Hill, Canterbury

The Three Tuns (former Queen’s Head), 24 Watling Street, Canterbury, Telephone: 01227 456 391

The New Inn, Havelock Street, - A small pub, in a converted terraced house, so there is a 'living room feel'. During term time, due to proximity of the Christ Church music department, it is frequented by many music students (and their lecturers). The landlord is Polish and very friendly.

Simple Simons, Church Lane - Often has live jazz music and a cozy bohemian atmosphere.

Westgate Inn, North Lane - situated just outside the city walls this is Canterbury's first non-smoking pub. Large but not too noisy, well suited for a casual drink and chat rather than partying.

The Canterbury Tales since 1981, formerly called The Mitre, The Friars, Canterbury - small pub opposite Canterbury's theatre (The Marlowe). The Canterbury Tales is tucked away down many of the city's streets and regularly has live music. Often full of theatre-goers, this is a great place for a drink.

Caseys Butchery Lane - a very small Irish pub down one of the small side-streets off the high street. Always busy at the weekends but has a great atmosphere and frequently has live music being played.

where to eat

Old Weavers Restaurant 1 St Peters Street, tel 01227 464 660 - a small restaurant located in an area that is sometimes referred to as "Little Italy". The Old Weavers is delightfully situated by one of the spurs of the River Stour and has patio area seating. The menu concentrates on minor variants of traditional English and Italian food. Main courses start from £4.95.

Goods Shed, Station Road West, tel 01227 459 153 - housed in an airy converted engine shed, the adjoining farmers' market reassuring the visitor that the traditional cuisine will be of the best quality. Joint Winner of the Soil Association 2004 Award for Local Food Initiative of the Year. Typical meals are the roast organic chicken with sorrel, chard and potatoes, or the vegetable platter, with mushrooms, black lentils, chard, hard-boiled egg, swede, tomato relish and salad leaves. Home-made desserts available also. Mains £8-£16.

Thomas Becket, 21 Best Lane, tel 01227 464384 - a small traditional pub in the city centre, offering excellent traditional British food. Be warned, they don't take credit/debit cards, only cash (Euros as well as Sterling) and cheques.

The New Inn, Canterbury Road, Etchinghill (near Canterbury), +44 (0) 1303 862026. A 16th century coaching inn, village pub and highly popular restaurant. Fantastic reputation for fine cuisine, open seven days a week for lunches and evening meals. Terrific food, real ale, oak beams & cosy atmosphere.

Harriett’s Delicatessen, St. Peter’s Str, Canterbury (excellent in regional cheeses); was gone fishing Oct 2006

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