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Our 2022, content-rich, guide is full of inspiration to help visitors make the most of their trip and create their own Canterbury Tale…
Canterbury is home to some of our country’s most fascinating stories; shaped by history, nature and its people.
From Romans to royalty, saints to knights and playwrights to pilgrims – to rolling vineyards and wandering bison; they can create exciting itineraries to explore Canterbury’s city, coast and countryside.
Visitors are looking for authentic experiences, whether it’s a well-being break close to nature, a hiking adventure in the North Downs or a gastronomic trip sampling delicious Kentish fare.
Discover Canterbury’s amazing city, coast and countryside
Canterbury has one UNESCO world heritage site, six museums, seven art galleries, six theatres, one castle, one abbey, one cathedral and 24 Canterbury Tales. It’s home to Bagpuss, Rupert the Bear, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and James Bond. And not forgetting its eight saints, four playwrights, one poet laureate, one black knight, 40 qualified guides and one ghost hunter!
It’s also the perfect place to explore the great outdoors with 15 miles of coastline, blue flag beaches, the North Downs Way National Trail, ancient woodlands, nature reserves, disused railway routes, the Kentish Stour – England’s most historic river, and being a part of Kent’s Area of Oustanding Natural Beauty.
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 wanting a calmer coastal experience.
Herne Bay is full of Victorian seaside charm with its pier and promenade but today’s visitors come for miles of coastal paths, water wellbeing and award-winning beaches. And the stunning 12th-century towers of Reculver Towers and Roman Fort that stands out against the skyline.
This year’s guide has been carefully curated with today’s traveller in mind. People want new, unique and authentic experiences, to travel more responsibly and improve their wellbeing.
Readers will be inspired by our sustainable tourism and slow travel tips and activities, the water wellness section showcasing watery adventures on offer and the exciting new experiences coming to Canterbury and beyond in 2022.
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.