Canterbury Uncovered

Day Out on a Budget in Canterbury

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

So, you’ve arrived at Canterbury West station or at Canterbury Bus station. If you’re in the mood to immediately seek out coffee, meander away from the high street and drink at one of Canterbury’s independent coffee shops. A local favourite is to visit is Water Lane, which serves both espresso and filter coffees from a rotation of coffee roasters. If you like, you can book a river tour along the Stour from here. You can get a £2 discount if you speak to one of the Canterbury Punting Co. representatives at the end of Stour street.

The Wonky Door
32 Palace St, Canterbury CT1 2DZ

Walk towards The King’s Mile, which is one of the oldest and most intriguing parts of Canterbury. With its collection of local traders and independent stores the King’s Mile includes a greengrocers, an Oboe shop, antiques, artist exhibitions and a chocolatier. Take your picture by the infamous wonky door and peruse the volumes of second hand books. While you’re there, please don’t forget to make a donation (however big or small!) to Catching Lives, a local homeless charity who is supported by the bookshop. Make sure that you look up as you walk through centuries of architecture.

Coffee at Water Lane coffee house

Canterbury Castle
Castle St, Canterbury CT1 2PR

Head up through the high street and walk through the Dane John Gardens which date back to 1551. The gardens contain a mound believed to date from the first century AD and later a Norman motte and bailey castle — after which the gardens are named. After you pass through the gardens, you will reach the remnants of Canterbury Castle. When William the Conqueror overcame King Harold and his Saxons at the Battle of Hastings, one of his first acts was to establish three powerful castles in the southeast of his new realm, at Canterbury, Dover, and Rochester. His new castle at Canterbury is what is now called Dane John, a corruption of the French word for donjon, or keep.

You’re probably ready for a bit of a rest now, after all of this walking malarkey. Take your pick from some delicious independent restaurants such as BohoThe Goods Shed, The Wild Goose, Café des AmisCafé des Amis and Café Mauresque. Download the MyCanterbury app to gain access to exclusive offers on food, drinks and more.

View from the cathedral cloisters

Canterbury Cathedral
Cathedral House, 11 The Precincts, Canterbury CT1 2EH

Well of course, you have to visit the cathedral at some point. Standard price for an adult ticket is £12, and the spectacle and grandeur of the cathedral is well worth the cost.. In 2000, Warner Brothers was refused permission to use it as the set for Harry Potter, which might give you an insight into what to expect: tall, ornate arches, hanging candles, dark crypts and enclosed prayer rooms. To gain a full insight into the rich history of the Cathedral, audio tours or tour guides are available. There are also plenty of volunteers on hand to offer their knowledge and understanding of the cathedral and its heritage. If you have kids, you can present this voucher at the cathedral entrance to gain one free child ticket per adult. If you have travelled by train, there is also a 2for1 offer if you present the voucher alongside a valid travel ticket.

Westgate G
St Peter’s St, Canterbury CT1 2BQ

The river Stour is delightful in the sunshine. Follow the river to enjoy green fields, cycle paths, fantastic views of open land and beautiful riverside wildlife. Walk along the river as long as your time allows — the path goes on until Chartham. If you have plenty of time, you can walk to Chartham and then get the bus back to Canterbury.

The Unicorn
1 St. Dunstans St, Canterbury CT2 8BS
Round it all off with a pint in The Unicorn, a 17th-century pub with an unexpectedly delightful garden that stretches out towards the back. It has reasonable prices, beautiful decor, and won the CAMRA pub of the year in 2014.

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