Westgate gardens

Things to do in Canterbury

Welcome to Canterbury! If you’re new to the area take a look at some ideas below on some places you can visit and activities you can do. 

Canterbury Cathedral

One of the most iconic buildings of Canterbury is the Cathedral. Dating back to 597 AD, it is one of the oldest and most famous Christian structures in England. If you bring your KentOne card along you’ll get in free. Find out about current exhibitions and what’s on offer for students

Canterbury cathedral

Westgate Gardens

The Gardens are part of Westgate Park which includes lots of outdoor open spaces including Toddlers Cove and Bingley Island. It’s a lovely area for walking and cycling. In the Spring and Summer months, there are hundreds of bright tulips in full bloom on the flowerbeds alongside the river where you can watch passing boats, ducks and moorhens. Just take a right when you are at Westgate Towers (you won’t be able to miss the entrance) for a peaceful escape!

You can also have a go at punting, with many punting tours taking you through the river in Westgate Gardens and offering a beautiful view of Canterbury. 

Westgate gardens

Canterbury Nightlife

We know that students often love a night out, and Canterbury offers lots of choice for those looking for a fun night with friends! 

Here at Kent we have our own campus club, Venue, which offers a great night out (especially on a Wednesday or Friday) and cheap drinks, often paired with some interesting student social costumes. We also have plenty of bars on campus which are perfect for group ‘pres’ before heading to Venue, or can make a great evening out for those not looking to go clubbing.

In Canterbury city centre there are also lots of other options for a night out. Some of our students’ favourites include Club Chemistry, The Cuban, and Tokyo Tea Rooms. There are also lots of cheap pubs and bars around the city that are ideal for students, so make sure you explore all the nightlife Canterbury has to offer!

Students on night out

Local Restaurants and Cafes

For our foodie students, there are also lots of options around Canterbury to try amazing food and drink. Explore the city whilst trying some of our local independent food spots and supporting the community!

Some student favourites include: Tiny Tim’s Tearoom, The Lady Luck, The Refectory Kitchen, and The Chocolate Cafe.

Cycle Ride

If you’re looking for a challenge you can undertake your own Pilgrim’s Progress on a 50-mile circular ride that links Canterbury, Dover, and Folkestone. The route passes along leafy lanes and bridleways amid rolling hills, wide skies, woodland, country villages, and hamlets.

For those who are looking for a more casual cycle route take a look at the Crab and Winkle Way which links Canterbury to Whitstable. It’s suitable for beginners and families. The route goes from Canterbury West, but you can easily join the route if you’re on campus. It takes you all the way into Whitstable, which in itself is a great day out. Enjoy some fish and chips on the beach and explore the restaurants and shops along the Harbour.

Crab and Winkle Way sign