Canterbury Travel Guide

The historical city of Canterbury can be found in the county of Kent in the southeast of England. This is one of the most picturesque parts of England and in addition to being surrounded by intense natural beauty, Canterbury also boasts many pretty parks and gardens to explore.

Being a university city, Canterbury also boasts a colourful nightlife scene that is often celebrated for its diversity and in addition to pubbing and clubbing, listening to live music and going to the theatre are popular activities here.

Things to see and do in Canterbury

Canterbury Cathedral – Canterbury, England

Inside the Canterbury Cathedral.

People who have a love for architecture should make sure that they pay a visit to Canterbury Cathedral. This magnificent building is steeped in history as it is the place where Thomas Beckett was murdered in the 12th century, while the cathedral remains the official seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Canterbury Cathedral – Canterbury, England

View of Canterbury cathedral in sunset rays.

Animal lovers should make sure that they plan a trip to Howlett’s Wild Animal Park. Many fantastic beasts and charming creatures can be found in this large open space and visitors are provided with plenty of opportunities to interact with their favourite animals and unwind for a while.

Taking a trip along the River Stour is a great was to see the sites of Canterbury in style. River boat tours are offered by several local companies and depart from the Westgate Gardens, taking visitors past many of the city’s most celebrated historical landmarks.

River Stour – Canterbury, England

People enjoying a boat ride on the river. The Old Weavers House on the left bank dates from 1500 and is built on the River Stour which is very narrow at this point. The river is flanked on the right by ancient half-timbered houses.

People who want to take a trip back into time and find out what life was like during the 12th century are sure to have fun exploring the Canterbury Tales Museum. This museum recreates the sights, sounds and even the smells of this period and visitors are also treated to re-enactments of many of the famous stories from Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, with each one presented in a different room of the museum.

A wide range of different types of performances are held throughout the year at the Marlowe Theatre and there is always something to enjoy here. from sand-up comedy to experimental plays and shows for the children, seeing a show at the Marlowe theatre is sure to be a magical experience for people from all walks of life.

Climate conditions

The summer months of June, July and August are by far the warmest and driest months of the year. However, the streets are generally packed with people at this time of year and visitors who want to escape the crowds will also find plenty of warm and sunny days between March and May.