London airports are the closest and most convenient for Canterbury. Rail and road links from central London take between 60-90 minutes.
There are direct rail links between Canterbury and many of the UK’s major cities and airports. For train times, visit National Rail.
Buses run regularly (four times each hour) to and from the city centre (see this map). The Canterbury Triangle service, Uni 1 and Uni 2 buses stop at Keynes College on the University of Kent campus.
Places to Stay
The city has a number of options for places to stay. The city center is a 15-minute bus ride from the university campus, or a 30-minute walk.
Some suggestions of places to stay include:
City of Canterbury Guesthouse
27 St Thomas hill, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 8HW
Tel: 01227 457 455
The Falstaff Hotel
Premier Inn Canterbury City Centre
1-7 New Dover Road, Canterbury, CT1 1UP
Tel: 08715 279 408
Website: Premier Inn Canterbury
House of Agnes
71 St Dunstans Street, Canterbury, CT2 8BN
Tel: 01227 472 185
The Pilgrims Hotel
Eating and Drinking
There are lots of choices for places to eat and drink in Canterbury, including a number of options on the University of Kent campus, most of which serve vegan options.
Each college at the university has its own cafe bar. In Keynes College there are two places to eat: Dolce Vita, offering a range of fusion dishes, and K-Bar, providing a more casual area to eat and drink.
The Gulbenkian, located on the university campus, offers a number of hot and cold food choices.
In the City
Kitch Cafe (Fresh local food, vegan options) – 4 St Peter’s Street, CT1 2AT, Tel: 01227 504983
The Veg Box Cafe (Vegetarian/vegan restaurant) – Burgate, CT1 2HG, Tel: 01227 456654
Azouma (Moroccan and Lebanese, veg options) – 4 Church Street, CT1 1NH, Tel: 01227 760076
Chapter Canterbury (Pizza, veg options) – 11-12 Burgate, CT1 2HG, Tel: 01227 809198
Byron Burger (Burgers, veg options) – 45 Burgate, Canterbury CT1 2HW, Tel: 01227 464060
Most restaurants and cafes around the city offer vegetarian and vegan options.
Places of Interest
- Canterbury has the oldest cathedral in England, well worth visiting.
- The Canterbury Heritage Museum exhibits the city’s story from medieval times to the present.
- Take a boat ride on the historic Stour, with either a tour of the city or a luxurious punt.
- The ruins of the Norman castle contain elevated viewing platforms, a model of the castle keep and its walls as they used to appear.
- Canterbury is steeped in literary history. Pay a visit to the Canterbury Tales Museum to see Chaucer’s characters brought to life.
- There are also many parks and outside spaces in and around Canterbury, including Curtis Wood Park, Westgate Gardens, Dane John Gardens, and the Clean Ancient Woodlands. Kent is known as the “Garden of England” and travelling even a short distance outside of the city centre will bring you to beautiful country landscapes ideal for exploring.
- Visit the Tourist Information page for more information and ideas!