Canterbury Cathedral is the city's prime attraction and one of the most visited sights in England. It is the oldest cathedral in England and is the head church of the Church of England and the worldwide Anglican Communion. It has a spectacular nave, quire and crypt and many notable tombs and stained glass windows, the site of the martyrdom of St Thomas Becket, cloisters and a walled garden in the precincts.

Becket's candle 

St Augustine's Abbey ruins lie just a 5 min walk outside the city walls. It is the earliest site of English Christianity. Includes a small museum.

St Martin's Church is a 10 min walk from the city centre. This small and unassuming church is the oldest English parish church still in continuous use. It's graveyard offers a place to sit and relax. Free to visit.


The Beaney reopened on 5th Sept 2012 after a 3 year restoration and extension project. This art museum, library, cafe and visitor centre is home to a permanent collection of paintings, historical finds and natural history, and special exhibitions. Free entry.

Canterbury Heritage Museum (with Rupert Bear Museum) provides a chronological guide through the history of Canterbury from pre-historic finds to modern day cultural icons. It is housed in the mediaeval Poor Priests Hospital with a spectacular beamed roof. There are many hands-on activities for children.

Museum roof 

Roman Museum This subterraneum museum is based around the Roman Pavement mosaic discovered during excavations after WW2.

The Canterbury Tales visitor attraction brings to life the mediaeval pilgrimage stories of Geoffrey Chaucer.


The Westgate is Canterbury's only remaining city gate. Once a city gaol, it's the largest surviving city gate in England. The Westgate Towers Museum has been closed to visitors since September 2012.

Eastbridge Hospital is a medieaval place of hospitality for pilgrims. The undercroft, chapel and refectory can be visited, and contain one of the oldest friezes in England, along with one of the oldest examples of a timber roof with a bell housing.

Canterbury Castle Only the ruined walls of the Norman keep remain. Information about the castle is written on placards dotted around the site. Free entry.

City Walls still run around the southern part of the city from Northgate to Canterbury Castle. About half of the route of the remaining mediaeval walls can be walked, with the most authentic section flanking Dane John Gardens.


Dane John Gardens This park is flanked by the city wall and elegant Georgian townhouses and features an ancient mound which can be climbed for excellent views. 

Westgate Gardens These municipal riverside gardens run alongside the river Stour, and feature the city's best floral displays.

Greyfriars Chapel and Franciscan Gardens The chapel was built over the river, and is one of the oldest Franciscan buildings in England. Free entry. Open 2pm-4pm Easter-September. The gardens surrounding Greyfriars Chapel are open to the public for free all year round. Features a walled garden and riverside herbaceous border, plus a wildflower meadow in bloom during late July.