Canterbury Uncovered

Best Places to Work or Study in Canterbury

Perhaps you need a place to print off your next coach ticket, or a place to work away from the distractions of your bedroom. Here are some of the best places to do some browsing in the city.

The Beaney Café and Library
18 High St, Canterbury CT1 2BD

Despite being housed in a beautiful grade II listed building, the Beaney has plenty of modern facilities and conveniences that are perfect for working remotely. There are 20 computers available with free internet access and office software, as well as free WI-FI. You can scan and print documents too.

If there is not an ongoing meeting in the meeting room you can work in there, which is recommended as it’s spacious, airy, and there is plenty of natural light.

During your break, you could check out a world-class collection of modern art, Picturing Faith, or even look at a contemporary reinvention of Chaucer’s  The Canterbury Tales.

Canterbury Curzon
Westgate Hall Rd, Canterbury CT1 2BT

With delightful local coffees & tasty local cakes, free WiFi, laptop ports under the tables, a great selection of books in their library, and tonnes of student staff (also all working there!), Curzon is always incredibly warm and friendly — and its location means that it’s often a bit quieter than some of the mainstream coffee shops too.

If you get a lot done, perhaps you can even book yourself in to see a film in the evening.

The Waterstones Café
8 Rose Lane, Canterbury, CT1 2SJ

The Waterstones café is a firm favourite. With iced coffees for £1.90 and a range of Suki teas, cakes and comfy seats, it is a relaxing haven away from the bustle of the high street. The Wi-Fi is reliable and easy to connect to, the staff are friendly, and there are lots of plugs available for you to charge your laptop with.

Waterstones Café

Water Lane Coffee Shop
Stour St, Water Ln, Canterbury CT1 2NQ

Water Lane is fairly small, but it’s cosy, comfortable, and in a gorgeous location. The coffee is strong and there are plenty of tables or sofas for you to work on. Wi-fi passwords are in a little paper cup next to the cash register.

The Penny Theatre
30-31 Northgate, Canterbury CT1 1BL

It’s a little out of the town centre, but it’s worth the walk. With free Wi-Fi, free printing, plenty of plug sockets and a pub garden, it’s a firm favourite for one of the best places to work in town. It costs just 99p for a cup of tea or £1 for filter coffee (with unlimited free refills). That’ll keep you going while you’re working towards that deadline.

The West Gate Inn
1-3 North Ln, Canterbury, Kent CT2 7EB

Another grade II listed building, the inn dates back to the 17th century. It’s a Wetherspoons, so expect the usual cheap and cheerful menu, but with nice views of the Westgate Towers and quirky interior, it’s a pleasant place to settle for an hour or two and do some work. If you don’t get distracted by the bar.

The Gulbenkian
University of Kent, Canterbury CT2 7NB

A 20-minute walk or short bus ride away from the city centre, the university provides free wi-fi guest access, so you can take your pick from lots of studying locations across campus. The Gulbenkian is bright and is a hub of activity, with students, academics and event attendees wandering in and out of the café. If you would like a bit more peace and relaxation, head to the deliciously squishy sofas nearby at Colyer Ferguson.

There are plenty of productions running at the Gulbenkian, from cinema to theatre, dance to music and song. After all of your hard work (or coffee drinking), you may even find yourself lured by one of the events on offer this season…

The Gulbenkian café

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