Canterbury and its Cathedral have seen many important historic events. Medieval walls still enclose parts of the city and the remains of the Canterbury Castle can be seen. Westgate Gardens are an attractive park beside the River Great Stour. There are good views of the city from the Mound in Dane John Gardens. Don't miss the ruins of St Augustine's Abbey, they are older than the Cathedral and provide a peaceful break from the bustle of the city centre. River trips are available along the River Stour. The city centre and most attractions are ½ mile from both stations.
The distance between East and West stations is just under 1 mile. The Bus Station is ¼ mile from Canterbury East and ¾ mile from Canterbury West station.
Canterbury is a good place to stay for exploring East Kent by train with direct trains from Canterbury East to Dover (for the Castle), the historic city of Rochester and (often overlooked) Faversham. Canterbury West has trains to the coastal towns of Broadstairs, Margate and Ramsgate, also the picturesque town of Rye in East Sussex (change trains at Ashford International). If you just put 'Canterbury' in the National Rail journey planner the appropriate station will be selected automatically. Note that you may find buses more convenient for places such as Sandwich and Whitstable.
TI The Beaney, 18 High Street. Tel. 01227 862162.
Accommodation in Canterbury (with distances from East/West stations):
St Augustine's Abbey with Canterbury
Cathedral in the background
Canterbury Cathedral has attracted visitors since the days of medieval pilgrimages and the
murder of Thomas Becket in the Cathedral in 1170.
It has some of the oldest and most beautiful stained glass windows in England.
Tel. 01227 762862.
Open M-S 0900-1700, Sun 1230-1430. Closures or restrictions apply during services and for special events.
A reconstruction of 14th century England following the journey of Geoffrey Chaucer's medieval pilgrims
travelling from London to Canterbury.
Tel. 01227 479227.
Open Daily 1000-1700, closes 1630 Nov-Feb.
An Art Museum with a varied programme of events. Café.
Tel. 01227 378100. Admission free (except special exhibitions and events).
Open TWThFS 1000-1700, Sun 1200-1700.
Now an Almshouse, the ancient buildings have welcomed visitors since pilgrims came to Canterbury in 1190.
The Franciscan Gardens are beside the River Great Stour and contain the Greyfriars Chapel. Tel. 01227 471688.
Open Apr-Sep, M-S 1030-1700 (Gardens 1030-1600, Chapel 1400-1600).
The Roman Museum is underground, at the level of the Roman town. Preserved remains of a Roman town
house with mosaics, authentic reconstruction of a Roman market place. Excavated objects.
Tel. 01227 785575.
Open Daily 1000-1700.
The ruins of this Norman castle can be viewed from the outside.
Open viewing from outside only.
A collection of exhibits from the Westgate's history as a city gaol. Battlements viewpoint.
Enter via The Pound Bar & Kitchen, then up the stairs and over the glass bridge. Tel. 01227 458629.
Open Daily 1100-1600 but occasionally closed for events.
A rare collection of Masonic items including regalia and books covering all Masonic orders
through the ages. Tel. 01227 785625. Admission free.
Open Daily 1000-1600 but subject to change.
The ruins of the Abbey founded in AD 598 by St Augustine. One of the most important sites in English history,
it proclaimed the rebirth of Christianity in southern England. Museum and audio tour. Tel. 01227 767345.
Open Apr-Oct, Daily 1000-1800 (1700 Oct). Nov-Mar, SSu 1000-1600.
Enchanted Woodland trail, Artpark with sculptures, farmyard and adventure play areas.
Tel. 01227 765168.
Open FSSu (Daily in school holidays) 1000-1730.
Bus 'Triangle' and 4 from Bus Station and near West station to opposite entrance (shortly after Blean, Royal Oak), 15-20 minutes journey, daily, mostly every 15 minutes. Operated by Stagecoach. Buses also operate from Whitstable.
An extensive animal collection including big cats, reptiles, penguins and various primates.
Pet village. Tearoom and picnic areas. Tel. 01227 722053.
Open Daily 1000-1800, closes dusk if earlier.
Bus 43 from Bus Station to entrance (watch for sign shortly after Wingham), 20 minutes journey. M-S every 20 minutes, Sun & BH hourly. Operated by Stagecoach.