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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.
- The Arthouse is a two room B&B in a converted former fire station in the heart of Canterbury. Modern, basic, colourful and comfortable, this is a quirky option with well proportioned rooms, the owner's artwork and lots of nice features. And all starting from £60 per night..
- The Linen Shed is a pretty, vintage-laden B&B between Canterbury and Faversham. There are just three rooms, decorated in a cross between French and New England style, and a charming garden.
For central location
- ABode Canterbury occupies a collection of historic buildings right by the cathedral. The modern design and decor complements the exposed beams and original features and there are good choices when it comes to dining and drinking - at Michael Caine's restaurant
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.
Best Hotels in Canterbury
The Arthouse 2 rooms from $78Canterbury, Kent
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.Sights nearby - 5 mins walk to the historic centre of townQuirky - An experience!
ABode Canterbury 72 rooms from $124Canterbury, Kent
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.Restaurant - Michael Caines restaurant with chef's table in the kitchen area.Sights nearby - Situated within the ancient city walls, just minutes from the Cathedral
7 Longport 1 rooms from $130Canterbury
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.Local exploring - Ideally located in the centre of Canterbury for exploring the town and wider area.Sights nearby - Walking distance to all of Canterbury's highlightsQuirky - An experience!
Duke William 4 rooms from $143Canterbury (Ickham)
Duke William is located in the village of Littlebourne, a short distance from Canterbury. This pub come B&B offers chic rooms decorated in an unfussy style with each featuring king-sized beds and flat-screen TVs. Choose between a morning full English or a continental breakfast. An intimate spot.Romantic Break - Duke William offers a quiet atmosphere, great food and beautiful surrounding countrysideLocal exploring - Head off sightseeing around the historic city of CanterburyValue chic - Accommodation at truly wonderful value!Sights nearby - The magnificent Canterbury Cathedral is an absolute must visit!