48 Hours In Canterbury, Kent

By Charli Tomney | 04/04/2022

Where:

Canterbury, Kent

What it has to offer:

Boasting some of the UK’s best pubs/restaurants, Canterbury is a hot spot for historic tours, picturesque landscapes and enjoying the arts. The cathedral city offers staycationers and tourists alike an experience of a historic pilgrimage site with building dating as far back as 597AD. 

But what can you do with your 48 hours in Canterbury? Below we’ve outlined some unmissable activities and top spots for quality food for your weekend getaway. 

Where to stay:

Undeniably the place to stay is number 6, The Pig – at Bridge Place, just outside of the main city. The award-winning hotels boast a mix of uniquely designed rooms with your comfort in mind. A home away from home, these hotels are located in some of the most scenic areas of the UK and this Queen Ann manor house is no exception.

For music fans, you can explore the grounds that once held renowned parties and gigs for the likes of Led Zeppelin. Architecture enthusiast can admire the period features including vast fireplaces, secret stairways and original features.

Those looking for a little pampering can relax and unwind in the Potting Shed spa for a bespoke treatment – the perfect way to round off a luxury break.

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Where to eat:

Of course, you can dine at The Pig’s in-house restaurant serving fresh produce from the on-site garden, but why not explore further afield to some of the UK’s top gastropubs.

Just across the way you’ll find The Bridge Arms, number 88 on the Top 100 Gastropubs list, offering seasonal food cooked over charcoal from a local Kentish woodland. Opening a little over 10 months ago, this pub has already been picked up by industry professionals and was even awarded a Michelin star earlier this year.

If you’re looking for something closer to the bustle of the city, then perhaps The Bridge Arms’ Michelin starred sister venue The Fordwich Arms is more to your liking. Located in Britain’s smallest town, the Fordwich serves high quality and well-thought-out dishes using the best ingredients. Taking spot number 8 on this year’s Top 50 Gastropubs list its worth a visit, especially for the full tasting menu.

Some 6 minutes down the road in Pett Bottom, you’ll be greeted by another highly acclaimed gastropub, The Duck. A warm and welcoming pub serving quality classics and seasonal treats.

The city centre provides a plethora of eateries for all tastes including Indian, Italian, French and Asian.

For even further afield you can check out The Dog at Wingham or The Sportsman.

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Where to drink:

Canterbury is bursting with quality pubs, but if you’re looking for a more premium experience then The Falstaff hotel bar may be the place for you. Enjoy a mix of artistic in-house creations and classic cocktails in a stylish setting.

Alternatively, The Pound may be better suited with its more casual atmosphere. Situated in a former city jail and police station, this bar’s menu offers handmade incarceration-themed cocktails.

Sights to visit:

Whether you’re on a romantic break or with the family, Canterbury has plenty of picturesque sights to see across the city including Canterbury Cathedral, a historic gothic-style cathedral dating back to 597AD.

If you’re the outdoorsy type, you should add Westgate Gardens to your list. Within the collection of parks, you will find the perfect dog-friendly spot for a picnic or bike ride down Great Stour Way.

The Marlowe Theatre hosts everything from comedy shows to musicals and ballets throughout the year.

To soak up the sights of Canterbury why not take a guided walking tour through the historic city learning its best kept secrets.

Events not to miss:

Canterbury Festival takes place every autumn with an eclectic mix of must-see events for all ages. From 15-29 October 2022, you can enjoy a mix of performances and activities in the heart of Kent.