Visit Canterbury Kent

When visiting Harper Smith Bridal to find your dream wedding dress, why not venture out from the wedding boutique and explore the Historic Cathedral City, making the most of all the Kent city has to offer. Canterbury is one of Kent’s top heritage and cultural destinations, a World Heritage site with great shopping, restaurants and attractions.

Historic Canterbury

Canterbury Cathedral

With stunning historical architecture with parts dating from the 11th century, the cathedral is the city’s most visited attraction. The Cathedral with its Norman, Roman and gothic architecture, is site to the shrine of Thomas Becket and the current seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury

This stunning Kent cathedral is a must visit and the entrance fee is well worth the cost to wonder around and explore the huge complex, which includes a Romanesque crypt, a perpendicular nave and beautiful medieval stained glass windows, a walled city, within the city.

Historic sites

Taking a leisurely wonder around the cobbled streets of Canterbury there is no end of history to see. From the City’s defensive Roman walls with the remaining Westgate, The Eastbridge Hospital, founded 1190 which was built as a hostel for pilgrims after the death of St Thomas Becket and St Augustine’s Abbey which until its dissolution in 1538 during the English Reformation, functioned as a monastery since it was founded in 598.

Shopping and Eating

Canterbury as a wealth of shopping, from classic department stores such as Fenwicks, classic Highstreet shops in the Whitefriars open air centre; to quirky independents dotted throughout the city.

If the independent shop is more scene, wonder down The Kings Mile and through the Canterbury Cathedral Quarter to find a range of jewellery shops such as 925 Silver and Fitzgerald Jewellers, foodie bazars such as Madame Oiseau for all things chocolate; Canterbury Whole Foods for artisan groceries and deli items and quirky home and gift shops such as Queen Bee Home and Canterbury Pottery.

Food and eating in Canterbury

Canterbury offers a huge selection of foodie establishments, whether you’re after a quick bite for lunch or something more for a special occasion, from cafes and coffee shops to vegan and vegetarian options and fine dining, Canterbury has something for every taste

For a quick lunch or afternoon tea, head to Tiny Tim’s Tearoom or for filling flatbreads visit Canteen; for British street food , Pork & Co is a must for their pulled pork and for the vegetarian, The Refectory Kitchen is a great choice.

If you are looking for a liquid refreshment with your food, Canterbury has a wealth of public houses including the Shakespeare with attached Shakespeare Wine Bar next door; A short stroll from Canterbury Cathedral and you’ll stumble across The Old Buttermarket, a traditional pub packed full of character and you fancy something a little more trendy, had over to The Pound, a hipster hangout

For those that are more interested in fine dining there are a number of locations to satisfy. The Goods Shed, with attached foodhall; to Café des Amis for a refined take on Tex-mex and The Ambrette Canterbury for a high end Indian food experience.

Things to do in Canterbury

If you’re looking for more things to do in Canterbury a visit to fun-filled Chaucer-themed Canterbury Tales and the Norman Canterbury Castle or The Canterbury Roman Museum to delve into the past, will keep you occupied. The recently refurbished Beaney House of Art and Knowledge hosts numerous exhibitions, and you won't want to miss a chance to see Canterbury’s hidden gems by boat with the award winning Canterbury Historic River Tours.

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