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Destination guide

Experience Canterbury in holiday lettings

Canterbury is a perfect place to find ideal holiday lettings. It’s a historic cathedral city, and the entire city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as well as serving as the seat of the Anglican Church. It’s been inhabited since prehistoric times, first by Celts and eventually occupied by Romans in the first century AD. Those ancient roots are still present today, and there are plenty of things to see and do in this culturally-rich city.

History

Historic sites near Canterbury holiday cottages

Many people secure holiday cottages in Canterbury looking to immerse themselves in history and tradition, and you’ll certainly find that here. The Cathedral Precincts surrounding the Canterbury Cathedral are worth exploring and feature ancient buildings and equally-ancient gardens. The Old City is a pedestrian-friendly region featuring Elizabethan and older timber-framed buildings. The Canterbury Heritage Museum offers a look at the entire story of the city. Of course, a visit to the Canterbury Tales attraction is a must, where you can watch an interactive mock pilgrimage and performance of the tales.

Things to do

Things to do near Canterbury holiday homes

Some of the most popular attractions you’ll find near your Canterbury holiday rental include the Norman-era Canterbury Cathedral, first built in 597 AD and the current headquarters of the Church of England. The ruins of St. Augustine’s Abbey date to the sixth century and house a museum and ancient artefacts. You can see the art gallery and library of rare and ancient manuscripts at the Beaney House of Art & Knowledge, or you can view Roman history and artefacts at the Canterbury Roman Museum.

Activities

Sightseeing in and around Canterbury

Do you want to discover top things to see and do during your stay? Venture out of your holiday home and check out everything that makes Canterbury a fun spot to go on holiday. Here are some of the most popular attractions to see, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Royal St George's Golf Club (12.8 mi / 20.7 km)
  • Dreamland (14.8 mi / 23.8 km)
  • Howletts Wild Animal Park (3.2 mi / 5.1 km)
  • Whitstable and Seasalter Golf Club (5.8 mi / 9.4 km)
  • Boughton Golf Club (6.1 mi / 9.7 km)
  • Wingham Wildlife Park (6.4 mi / 10.3 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural landscape of Canterbury

Whether you're looking for exciting outdoor activities or just want to take in the scenery, Canterbury is a great spot to appreciate mother nature. These are a few of the area's most stunning sights, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Westgate Gardens (0.2 mi / 0.4 km)
  • Mount Ephraim Gardens (5.5 mi / 8.8 km)
  • Whitstable Beach (6 mi / 9.6 km)
  • Tankerton Beach (6.1 mi / 9.9 km)
  • Herne Bay Central Beach (6.6 mi / 10.6 km)
  • Herne Bay East Beach (7.1 mi / 11.4 km)
How to get there

How to get to and around Canterbury

The nearest airport is in Manston (MSE-Kent Intl.), located 12.8 mi (20.6 km) from the city centre. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you could book a flight to London (SEN-Southend), which is 25.8 mi (41.5 km) away.

If you prefer to travel by train, Canterbury West Station, Canterbury East Station and Canterbury Sturry Station are the main stations in the city.

How to get around

Transport to Canterbury holiday cottages

You’ll have plenty of options for travel to, from and around Canterbury holiday cottages. These include public transport such as train service and bus routes. Car hire allows for self-driving options around the city, and many car parks are available. Walking and cycling, of course, are always popular options to travel from place to place within a given neighbourhood.

Food & drink 

Sample regional delicacies in Canterbury

Pimm’s gin cocktails are a hugely-popular delicacy in Canterbury and should be sampled by all those who secure holiday lettings in the area. Enjoy it with lemonade and fruit for a refreshing cocktail in the summer. Maids of Honour Tart is a cheese-filled pastry that can also be filled with almonds, nutmeg or even jam. For an authentic English dessert, try a delicious Banoffee pie filled with toffee, bananas and cream.

Good for couples

Romance in Canterbury holiday homes

Canterbury can be the gateway to romance as well. Couples who book holiday homes in the city find a wealth of options for a romantic travel experience. Westgate Gardens are serene, historic and colourful. You can catch a live performance at the Marlowe Theatre from the Royal Shakespeare Company. At the Greyfriars Chapel and Franciscan Gardens, you can take a quiet walk in the small green meadow, and Dane John Gardens offers a view south of the city, making it a perfect spot to cuddle against the wind and enjoy a serene hilltop vista.

How many holiday rentals are available around Canterbury?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 1,211 holiday lettings around Canterbury. From 238 flats & apartments to 396 houses, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Canterbury?

HomeAway.co.uk offers a large selection of holiday accommodations near great places in Canterbury. From HomeAway.co.uk travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Canterbury Cathedral: 1,302 holiday lettings
  • University of Kent: 1,179 holiday lettings
  • Canterbury Chartham Station: 1,176 holiday lettings
  • Canterbury Christ Church University: 1,288 holiday lettings
  • St. Dunstan's Church: 1,188 holiday lettings

But there are many other points of interest around Canterbury listed on HomeAway.co.uk where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Flats in Canterbury?

Yes, of course. HomeAway.co.uk offers 238 Flats in Canterbury. Our other popular types of Canterbury holiday rentals include:

  • Houses: 396 self catering accommodations
  • Cottages: 462 self catering accommodations
  • Cabins: 462 self catering accommodations

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Villas and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Canterbury?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 75 holiday homes with pool available in Canterbury. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.