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Uncover Canterbury’s amazing city, coast and countryside
Come and experience the very best of what Canterbury, Herne Bay, and Whitstable have to offer. From a world-heritage city steeped in history and culture, picturesque coastal towns, and award-winning beaches to quintessentially English villages, unspoiled ancient woodland, nature reserves and areas of outstanding natural beauty.
A first-class cultural heritage city
Canterbury has three UNESCO world heritage sites; Canterbury Cathedral; Britain’s oldest and most famous Christian building, St. Augustine’s Abbey; a burial place for Anglo-Saxon kings and St. Martin’s Church; the oldest church still in use today. Three kilometres of waterways also offer river tours to see the city’s hidden gems, including the small Franciscan island with its 13th-century chapel and a Cromwellian iron forge.
A diverse countryside
Kent has become a fast-growing area for vineyards and first-class wines. Canterbury’s three vineyards are popular with visitors wanting a tour and tasting, often walking or cycling to Chartham Vineyard along the beautiful River Stour.
Pilgrimages continue to be one of the fastest-growing tourism sectors with more people wanting to escape the modern world and appreciate nature, fresh air and a slower pace of life.
Canterbury is surrounded by ancient woodlands, a national trail and an area of outstanding natural beauty ready to explore on foot or by bike. The North Downs Way is spotted with micropubs, eco-accommodation and stunning English villages, the Crab and Winkle Way follows the old Canterbury to Whitstable railway route and the famous Via Francigena pilgrim route starts at Canterbury and stops in Rome!
Experience award-winning 14 miles of coastline
The popular town of Whitstable, famous for its oysters, is a picturesque coastal town rich in maritime history. Indulge in fresh seafood, visit the working harbour, or explore independent shops, art galleries and museum. Whitstable’s Tankerton blue flag beach attracts locals and tourists, and it’s high street was a finalist for last year’s Great British High Street ‘Rising Star Award’.
A few miles down the road is Herne Bay, known as ‘the healthiest spot in England’ during its Victorian ‘Heyday’. Holding onto its traditional seaside fun with pier and promenade, today’s visitors come for the miles of coastal paths, areas of outstanding natural beauty, wide-open vistas and award-winning beaches. As well as, Reculver Country Park, where the 12th-century towers of the former monastic church, Reculver Towers and Roman Fort, stand out against the skyline.
Planning the perfect stay
Whether they’re looking to escape to the countryside with the family (and their four-legged friend), a romantic coastal break for two or a city-centre break with friends there’s plenty of accommodation to choose from!
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With key events, including the 149th Golf Open, being postponed until 2021, Canterbury and beyond still have plenty to celebrate over the next 12 months! If you’re looking for staycation ideas this year and next, our guide is packed full of content to inspire a visit to our part of the Garden of England.