Our world-famous, historic city warmly welcomes thousands of visitors and students from across the globe every year. We love the fact that Canterbury is a thriving international destination, and so many students and staff choose to study and work here. They help to make this historic, cosmopolitan city vibrant and culturally diverse. For a comprehensive overview of what to do in Canterbury, feel free to visit, Visit Canterbury for further details.

Once a Roman settlement, Canterbury is an important city in Britain’s cultural and religious heritage. Get ready to enjoy a mix of the some of best attractions Kent has offer, from exotic wild animals, to ancient medieval city gates and even the hospital famous for its hospitality! Canterbury is one of the most interesting destinations to visit in the UK!

 St Augustine’s Abbey

Founded in the sixth century as a Benedictine monastery, Saint Augustine’s Cathedral finished its career as a place of worship during the English Reformation. Luckily for local visitors, it was restored in the 19th century. For more information on St Augustine’s Abbey, please visit the English Heritage website.

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Canterbury Cathedral

The Canterbury Cathedral is a historically important pilgrimage. In fact, the cathedral is one of the oldest and most important Christian structures in the world! with over 1400 years of rich history, Canterbury Cathedral is must when visiting Canterbury. if you would like further information, please see the Canterbury Cathedral website.

The Canterbury Tales

A visit to world renowned Canterbury Tales is a priority on any itinerary when visiting the City. So much so that in collaboration with The Canterbury Tales, we are offering a 20% discount off the attraction, when booking a room with Canterbury Vacations. for further details on this amazing attraction, please visit their website.


The Historic City Wall

Found opposite Petros Court, are part of the medieval Canterbury city walls. These are a sequence of defensive walls, built around the city of Canterbury. The first structures of the city walls were built by the Romans, between 270 and 280 AD.

These walls were constructed from stone on top of an earth bank, and protected by a ditch and wall towers such as the Westgate Towers. More information on these towers can be found below. for further details and descriptions, please visit the Kent.gov website. 

Beaney House of Art and Knowledge

When you come to stay in Canterbury it will be worth heading over to the Beaney House of Art and Knowledge. There is something for most here, you may appreciate art by some of the old masters dating as far back as the 16th century, or you could gain some historical knowledge through the museums many well preserved artefacts, as well as seasonal showcases and much more. for further details on this fantastic attraction, please visit their website.

Canterbury Roman Museum

For family fun, look no further than the Canterbury Roman Museum. Learn about the Roman heritage of Canterbury through interactive and life-size exhibitions. Plus, the museum offers free entrance for children. for further details, please visit their website.

Eastbridge Hospital of St Thomas the Martyr

The historic hospital of Eastbridge will give you the immersive, English hospitality experience in full form. The hospital once catered for poor pilgrims and was renowned for the affordable care it offered. found on the historic High Street, you are only a few minutes’ walk from both the Beany House of Art and Knowledge and Canterbury Tales. For more information, please visit their website.

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Howletts Wild Animal Park

You could come to Howletts Wild Animal Park several times before you ever saw the same animals twice. Depending on the time of day, the natural habitat of the park changes quite drastically. For children, there are interactive challenges, such as animal adventure challenges and treetop challenges. Parents and adults can roam the impressive grounds and check out one of the most diverse animal parks in the country. for more information and to book your tickets, please visit their website.

Westgate Towers & Gardens

This medieval gate is made from Kentish ragstone and remains as the last of seven gates built in the same time period. Considered to be a hallmark of Canterbury, Westgate is the biggest surviving gate in all of England. For further information on Westgate towers & gardens, please visit their website.

Across the road from these fabulous gardens is One Pound Lane. Here you can relax and unwind with a vast range of cocktails, alcoholic and soft beverages. For more details on One Pound Lane Pound, please visit their website.They also have an escape room experience within the towers for families and groups and to find out more please visit their website. 

St Martin’s Church & St Martin’s Priory


St Martin’s Church was originally built in Roman times and boasts a beautiful exterior, perfect for anyone  desiring a church wedding. The Church is operated separately to St Martin’s Priory, however due to our  close relationship, we are able to assist you in contacting the Church to arrange your wedding service.

After the wedding ceremony in the church, the newlyweds and guests can walk down the steps and  through the picturesque walkway leading to St Martin’s Priory.


St Martin’s Priory is licensed to hold wedding ceremonies in both the Frederic Mason Suite and the Garden Room.

The historic Frederic Mason Suite offers a warm and charming setting for your wedding ceremony and can hold up to 80 guests for the ceremony and 40 guests for the reception. If you have more than 80 guests for your wedding reception then an alternative option would be a marquee wedding and further details can be found on the website.

For further information, please visit the website 


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