Canterbury Day Trip

Claire Miles
Dec 05, 2022

If you’ve stayed in any place long enough, you tend to get tired of visiting the same spots again and again. While London may have many attractions and activities for its residents, a little detour can prove to be refreshing. We all need a change of pace sometimes, which is why we’ll be suggesting a rather low-effort day trip plan which you can easily incorporate into your schedule.

Canterbury, Kent, is a place 50 minutes from London if you take the train. The spot is perfect for wandering on your own or discovering with a group of friends. The ancient city of Canterbury is rich in history and culture. The city is breathtaking due to its spectacular cathedral architecture, Tudor houses, and its flower-lined river.

House facades on the Great Stour River in Canterbury

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For nature enthusiasts, we suggest anything from having a picnic in the Westgate Gardens, to taking a walking tour that apprises you about the history of Canterbury. If you love learning about History or just marveling at the classic architecture, we recommend either exploring the Canterbury cathedral, Beaney House of Art and Knowledge, or just visiting St Martin’s Church. The Canterbury cathedral is known for its gothic architecture and rich history while St Martin’s Church is famous for being the oldest parish English church. The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge is more suited to people that take an interest in art galleries and museums.

For foodies, our suggestion is to either have lunch or dinner at The Pig – at Bridge Place or perhaps opt for a light brunch at The Refectory Kitchen. More adventurous pursuits can include punting along the River Stour and visiting Howletts Wild Animal Park. If you just want a casual night of entertainment, there’s always the option of watching a show at the Marlowe Theatre. Well then, what are you waiting for?