Day out in Canterbury
Don’t just be wowed by the home of an UNESCO World Heritage site, this city has so much more to offer
Here are our suggestions to help you discover more #SEhiddengems
Make a grand entrance
A short 5 minute walk will see you heading down St Dunstan Street and under the 60ft Medieval Westgate Towers. Built in 1379 and the largest surviving city gates in England these towers make for a great start to the day exploring. From here you can explore the cobbled High Street. With a fantastic selection of high street favourites to choose from you can really lose yourself on the cobbles.
Head back to the high street for lunch in The Old Weavers, a wattle and daub, Tudor style 16th century house. Set on the banks of the Great Stour there are plenty of tasty food options to choose from in this great little establishment. After your meal why not take a tour of the river on a punt where you can see the historic ducking stool.
Get your culture fix
The Anglican Gothic cathedral dominates the Canterbury skyline with 1,400 years of history. Centrally located, the cathedral is an attraction you can’t miss and underpins nearly all of Canterbury’s history. For a unique experience take a guided tour or discover the cathedral at your own pace and delve into the Nave, the Crypt and the Trinity Chapel.
Vineyard and winery tours
Simpsons Wine Estate is just a 20-minute taxi ride from Canterbury West station, located on the sheltered slopes of the North Downs of Kent. Take a tour of the vineyard and learn about how the vines are planted, nurtured and harvested.
Then visit their state-of-the-art winery to understand more about the process of winemaking, the tour culminates in a tasting of the delicious wines from Simpsons Wine Estate.
Don’t go home on an empty stomach
Located near to Canterbury West station, The Goods Shed is a restaurant and marketplace. With many fantastic fresh, locally sourced food options to choose from you can practically watch your food go from marketplace to your plate before your train rolls into the station to take you home.
Please note: All of our recommendations may have different opening times, events and admissions.
Please check their information before your visit as we wouldn’t want any disappointment on the day.