Canterbury cathedral is one of the finest in Europe, a World Heritage Listed, grand, white, Gothic structure as ancient as it is impressive - it dates from Anglo-Saxon times. Alongside the cathedral are Canterbury's beautiful, riverside gardens, medieval streets, Tudor buildings and the ancient city walls. And modern times have added a lively university population, a rich cultural scene, and some much more modern options when it comes to the best places to stay in Canterbury.
Canterbury has been a centre of pilgrimage since the 12th Century, when Thomas Becket was martyred, and Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, about pilgrims on their journey, has only inspired more folk to journey here.
Despite being severely bombed during WW2, many of Canterbury's treasured buildings and narrow, medieval alleyways have survived, and there's just as much reason to pilgrimage here as there ever was.
Aside from the cathedral, Canterbury is also home to the ruins of a Norman castle; St. Martin's church, England's oldest parish church; St. Augustine's Abbey, founded by the same saint, sent from Rome, who founded the cathedral; a museum to the Canterbury Tales; a Roman museum, several galleries and a number of excellent pubs serving locally brewed real-ales.
It's a very popular destination year round, both with tourists and weekenders. So if you want to book one of the best places to stay in Canterbury you'll need to plan well ahead.
Still not sure which to book? Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in Canterbury, or contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice. Or you can widen the net and check out all our Kent recommendations.
Modern, retro styled B+B for the design savvy in a former fire station in the heart of Canterbury - appealing, lively and original, with just two rooms. Book both for a foursome.
Stylish conversion of historic buildings in the the heart of Canterbury, spitting distance from the Cathedral. Good mix of ancient wooden beams and sleek contemporary designs. Great dining and drinking options with Michael Caines restaurant and well equipped bedrooms across the board.
A lovely one roomed B&B plus 2 cottages sleeping up to 5, just a stone's throw from Canterbury's cathedral. With stylish interiors, your own sitting room and wet room, it's the perfect romantic bolthole and haven for local exploring.