The gothic spires of Canterbury cathedral dominate the skyline of this ancient town in Kent, which offers visitors the chance to step back in time and experience the UK’s rich ecclesiastical history. Steeped in history, literary connections and with a thriving arts and music scene, it is something of a cultural mecca for the south east and one of England’s most enduring attractions outside of London.
The cathedral is surrounded not only by plenty of historical sights, including the remains of the city wall and Canterbury castle, but also its bustling high street, which features an eclectic range of shops and eateries, making it the perfect place to enjoy a day out without leaving the town centre.
The town also features the strongest economy in the region, and in particular has a thriving creative arts and tech start-up industry, which in turn make it a key location for young professionals.
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Canterbury is a small town that is a popular tourist destination all year round, so accommodation in the centre can be tough to find if there is an influx of visitors. Anyone visiting the city for work or looking to make an extended stay might be better off choosing to book a serviced apartment—a flexible accommodation arrangement that offers unparalleled convenience and privacy.
The Squa.re present a prestigious range of such properties in and around Canterbury, each being immaculately presented and offering guests a host of amenities including fully-equipped kitchen facilities, Wi-Fi, stunning bathrooms and disabled access where required. We only suggest the best the town has offer, so whether you require a small, self-contained space or a larger luxury apartment, our team can match the perfect place with your individual requirements.
Canterbury Cathedral is a must stop for first-time visitors to the town. Open all years round, save for religious ceremonies, the magnificent structure offers a glimpse into the towns past and its central role in the development of religion in the UK. Though there are fewer pilgrimages these days, The Canterbury Tales experience is a fun experience for the whole family, with scenes from Chaucer’s famous work brought to life for an immersive experience. There are also plenty of historic sights to admire by simply strolling through the streets.
For those who enjoy the outdoors, Canterbury has several green spaces, including Druidstone Park and Wingham Wildlife Park, both of which include activities for children.
For the evening time, The Marlowe is a modern theatre complex with a varied programme that includes everything from for Shakespeare, to musicals and stand-up comedy.
The Whitefriars Shopping centre is the main place to head for retail opportunities in Canterbury, with a large selection of stores spread across three levels and also incorporating the Marlowe arcade.
Canterbury town centre is reasonably compact and located in close proximity to the cathedral, it is also packed full of historic architecture and makes for a wonderful place to enjoy by simply walking around. However, those who may wish to visit the town’s parks or travel to the outskirts will find it is exceptionally well served by public transport.
There is a reliable bus network connecting Canturbury town to its surrounding areas, including Herne Bay, Whitstable and all the local villages, plus routes to Dover, Margate and Westwood Cross shopping centre. The main railway station has several services, including an express to London St. Pancras that reaches the capital in under an hour.
For those driving into Canturbury, the town operates several Park & Ride facilities, which offer an easy way of getting into town without having to worry about finding a place to park.