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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

Church
“Beautiful architecture and full of history. The jewel of Canterbury and a must-visit for anyone visiting the area. ”
  • 83 locals recommend
  • 2 Experiences
Theatre
“If you want to see a show, The Marlowe is a great theatre. We often get many of the London shows during their tours for a fraction of the price. ”
  • 35 locals recommend
Café
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“The best place to go for food - locally sourced produce, some amazing places to eat and great drinks.”
  • 28 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Cultural centre, library, free exhibitions and Tourist info. This should be your starting point!”
  • 13 locals recommend
Park
“A lovely walk along the river Stour through gardens, playground, and later on, fields. The footpath continues all the way to Chartham!”
  • 9 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
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“This is an old favourite, the appearance, menu and great food has not really changed in decades....and it is always busy which suggests they got it right years ago!”
  • 20 locals recommend
Bar
“Really cool location! This used to be the old Canterbury prison. You can sit and drink in the old prison cells. The drinks are a bit expensive, but they have a good selection. ”
  • 13 locals recommend
Movie Theatre
“A lovely welcoming cinema showing a wide range of independent films. Cosy lounge area filled with games and books. Afternoon screens can be enjoyed with great tea and coffee and a range of snacks and there is an extensive wine selection for evening films. As well as the rich film programme, the cinema shows live opera, ballet and theatre. ”
  • 12 locals recommend
History Museum
“The Canterbury Tales is an interesting interactive tour following the writer Chaucer's tales, depicting his pilgrims in costume. I would recommend the Beaney House, which is a gallery, museum and library all in one, with lots of free exhibitions. As for culture in general, the Gulbenkian at the Uni of Kent is a good arts centre with theatre, cinema and cafe. The Marlowe is another well-known theatre by Westgate, frequently hosting some of the biggest shows from the UK and beyond.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Shopping Plaza
“Here's where you'll find all the top shops, including the Fenwick department store.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Health & Beauty Service
“Packed with historic sites and places to shop, eat and people watch. Take some time to enjoy the West Gate Gardens and take a river trip to see some hidden gems.”
  • 72 locals recommend
  • 4 Experiences
Bus Station
“Transport Bus 1A from canterbury Bus station will drop you at the bottom of Howfield Lane. ​ Taxi £10 from Canterbury Bus station ​ Cycling 10mins from Canterbury ​ Walking 35mins along the River Stour towards Ashford ​ Train High Speed 45mins from London st pancras to canterbury west station £36 return”
  • 6 locals recommend
Administrative Area Level 3
“A wealth of lively or quiet bars and eateries within the city along the kings mile and precinct, you will find many many shops of interest, museums, and Canterbury tales, but to mention a few.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Canterbury was at the heart of the European Anglo-Saxon monastic mayhem! Producing world class medieval manuscripts that were testament to Englands medieval monastic wealth.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“You don't need to go to Italy for a truly authentic Italian restaurant - we have one right here! Open over 30 years, this a gem with phenomenal food. Please say hello to the lovely owners, Dee and Massimo!”
  • 7 locals recommend
Mediterranean Restaurant
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“Love this restaurant for the place, the atmosphere and the food. Great fish dishes and pizzas.”
  • 7 locals recommend