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More than a Tale, Canterbury’s Eternal Charm

A Guide to Historical Canterbury

An internationally-famed pilgrimage site, Canterbury Cathedral is perhaps the city’s most famous landmark. The gothic edifice is striking amongst the gentled, timbered frames of the surrounding streets.

However, Canterbury’s culture runs deeper than just the cathedral. Wander the cobbled lanes of this serene city an absorb the history the lives in every corner, visit the Roman Museum or get lost in the surrounding countryside.


The pilgrims’ journeys to Canterbury Cathedral have been immortalised in Geoffrey Chaucer’s 14th century prose collection, The Canterbury Tales. These tales come to life at The Canterbury Tales exhibition, based in the city centre.

October sees the annual Canterbury Festival which provides the perfect opportunity to enjoy a wide variety of music, comedy, film and art events.

If you have an interest in the arts, then take a look at what’s on at the city’s beautiful Marlowe Theatre.

Image credit: VisitBritain / Rod Edwards

Shopping in Canterbury

Once you’ve had your fill of the city’s culture and heritage, explore what else Canterbury has to offer, including fantastic shopping.

Canterbury boasts a wide selection of high street, designer and independent clothing stores, so no matter what your taste, you’ll find something for you. There are also quite a few quirky finds hidden down Canterbury’s cobbled pathways, including bookstores, pottery shops and markets.

Getting around Canterbury

There are so many ways to see Canterbury during your visit. There are walking and cycling routes throughout the city centre, as well as trails through Canterbury’s countryside. Dive into Canterbury’s heritage with a historical cruise down the picturesque Stour River while a local guide tells you all about the sights and scenery you pass.