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“Great street!”
Review of The King's Mile

The King's Mile
Ranked #43 of 108 things to do in Canterbury
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Canterbury's King's Mile, a collection of streets nestling beneath the spires of Canterbury's ancient Cathedral and alongside the King's School, is a haven for anyone seeking the taste and feel of real Canterbury. This creative & independent quarter includes historic Sun Street, Palace Street, Guildhall Street, Orange Street, named after William of Orange, The Borough, and Northgate, formerly a gate to the walled city. The King's Mile, steeped in history, is just a step away from the busy high street. It's where you will find independent shops and traditional traders offering handcrafted jewellery, arts, crafts, games and gifts, new and original clothing and more, alongside places to eat and drink. Whether it's for a quiet pint of local ale or European beer, wine and fine English dining, tapas, pizza made in a wood-fired oven, the King's Mile menu is always full of varied appetising home-cooked flavours. Here you can sample English street food on sunlit roof terraces overlooking the cathedral, watch a patissiere at work through a glass floor, decorate your own pottery, hire a bike to ride out into our beautiful coutryside for a picnic, play with reptiles and watch artists & artisans of all kinds at work in their studios. Drink coffee in the ancient Norman undercroft from 12th Century Canterbury, where the four Knights Templar Reginald FitzUrse, Hugh de Moreville, William de Tracy, and Richard le Breton were said to have met on 29th December 1170, before going on to assassinate Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral. Have your photograph taken by the crooked door and then browse for second hand books inside the 17th Century Crooked House, also known as Sir John Boys House, possibly the second most photographed historic building in Canterbury, and reputedly mentioned in the novel David Copperfield by Charles Dickens. While you are here, why not try some hand made chocolate, shop at a traditional greengrocers, get your hair cut or styled at a range of hairdressers and barbers, have your bicycle serviced and your clothes dry cleaned, learn to bake and research your ancestry. Try some 'bubble tea' and sushi. Relax with a massage or organic facial, get your nails done, and restore balance with some acupuncture. New meets old, with second hand books and original clothing and antiques alongside modern artwork. Fairtrade clothing and gifts, leather coats and traditional or running shoes, there's something for everyone here. But it's not just the sheer quality and variety of what's on offer that makes the King's Mile so special, it is also about the people. Start your visit to the King's Mile by meeting the residents and shopkeepers. Take a look behind the shops and plan your visit today, you won't be disappointed.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Activities for young children
London, United Kingdom
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“Great street!”
Reviewed 21 February 2014

Very nice little independent shops with unique things in them. Nice little cafes and pubs. Lovely part of Canterbury

Visited February 2014
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“Canterbury's Independent Traders Quarter”
Reviewed 31 August 2013 via mobile

Perfect place to shop, eat and drink in unique places. Always enjoy coming here to get away from the mainstream. Great pub also half way down called The Jolly Sailor

Visited August 2013
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