How to spend Easter in Canterbury

Here some of the attractions and activities in and near Canterbury. If you would like to know more, please contact us.

Some of of the activities below are part of the school social programme (included in your course price), so you can enjoy them with your trainers and other course participants. The other activities and attractions are suggested activities that you may enjoy in your free time, and are not organised by the school. 

Prices are included as a guide. Please visit the official websites for full details.

Things to do in central Canterbury

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Walking tour

A guided walk around Canterbury, run by the knowledgeable staff of The London School of English. You will visit historic sites and hear some of the fascinating and exciting stories from Canterbury's 2000-year history. 

Price: Included with your course

See the full social programme

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Canterbury Cathedral

Canterbury Cathedral is one of the oldest and most famous cathedrals in the UK. It's an important religious and historical site and a beautiful example of Gothic architecture. This Easter you can take part in traditional Easter services.

Price: free 

Canterbury Catherdral's website 

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The King's Mile

See buildings with over 800 years of history in this collection of streets in Canterbury town centre. The buildings are now home to independent shops, galleries, pubs, cafes and places of interest. It’s a great place to enjoy your afternoons.

Price: free

The King's Mile website

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The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge

This friendly museum and library has exhibitions throughout the year with themes including art, history, and popular culture. There are also regular fun and creative workshops for children.

Price: Some exhibitions and workshops cost up to £6.50

The Beaney Museum website

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Canterbury Roman Museum

Visit the remains of a Roman town house and find out about life in Roman Britain. The museum includes an original mosaic pavement and several collections of interesting objects from the Roman era.

Price: £9 (adult ticket)

Canterbury Roman Museum website

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Conquest House Gallery

With original stonework, wooden beams, and a wall mural from 1625, Conquest House is a great place to visit. Once a meeting place for knights, now it is home to a small gallery and a small grocery store. 

Price: Free

Conquest House Gallery website

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Westgate Towers Museum and Viewpoint

From the top of this gatehouse, you can enjoy spectacular views across Canterbury and Kent. It also has a fascinating museum where you can learn about crime and punishment in medieval Britain.

Price: £4 (adult)

Westgate Towers website

Things to do near Canterbury

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Seaside visit

There are several coastal towns and beaches close to Canterbury. Whitstable is a small fishing town with a harbour and where you can enjoy fresh oysters and take a walk around the colourful town centre. It's just 25 minutes away by car or train. The famous White Cliffs of Dover are just over 30 minutes from Canterbury by car or 50 minutes by train. 

Visit Kent's guide to beaches in Kent

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Barnesole Vineyard tour

You may be surprised to discover that Kent produces wine. Take a tour of the vineyard and try some of the wine. The vineyard is approximately 30 minutes from Canterbury by car or train.

Price: One hour tour and wine tasting £11

Barnsole Vineyard website

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Shepherd Neame Brewery tour

Take a tour around the Faversham Brewery site to learn about the ancient art of brewing. You can taste natural mineral water from the on-site well, as well as their speciality ales and lagers.

Price: 80 minute tour £28

Shepherd Neame Brewery tour website

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Leeds Castle

It is easy to see why Leeds Castle is called "the loveliest castle in Britain". Its beautiful exterior is matched by the gorgeous interiors. It's set in 500 acres of parkland and gardens which you can explore.

Price: £26 (adult)

Leeds Castle website

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Howlett's Wild Animal Park

Family members of all ages will love Howlett’s Wild Animal Park in nearby Littlebourne. See tigers, gorillas and more in a conservation centre filled with nature.

Price: £22.95 (adult)

Howlett's Wild Animal Park website


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No trip to Canterbury is complete without a punting trip on the River Stour. Your boatman will do all the punting, so you can just relax and enjoy the scenery.

price: From £12 (adult place on a shared punt)

Visit the Canterbury Punting Co. website

Visit the Westgate Punts website

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18-hole golf

There are two 18-hole golf courses within 30 minutes by car or train from Canterbury. Broome Park Hotel golf course is a challenging course located in the grounds of a manor house. Canterbury Golf Club has a course designed by the well-know course architect Harry Colt.

Price: £24-60 per person

Canterbury Golf Club website

Broome Park Hotel golf course website

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Bicycle hire

Explore Canterbury and the beautiful Kent countryside by bike. If you're feeling adventurous, try a tandem (a two-person bicycle).

Price: £22 per day (adult bicycle)

Kent Cycle Hire website

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Countryside walks

There are many walking and cycling trails around Canterbury and its neighbouring towns, including Chartham, Blean Woods, Whitstable and Crab and Winkle. Many of the trails are traffic-free. We can advise you on the most suitable walk or cycle route based on your available time and ability level.

Kent walks on the Natural Trust website

Food and drink

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The Corner House

Fine British Cuisine made with locally-sourced ingredients.

Price: A meal here, accompanied by your trainer, is included with your course

The Corner House website

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Cafe du Soleil

Modern dishes with a Mediterranean influence, expertly cooked in a wood-fired oven.

Price: A meal here, accompanied by your trainer, is included with your course

Cafe du Soleil website

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The Parrot

A traditional British pub in a 14th century building, one of the oldest buildings in Canterbury. Our social programme includes a visit to the Parrot to participate in the pub quiz, a fun, general knowledge quiz which provides opportunities to socialise with the friendly locals.

Price: The pub quiz is part of the social programme included with your course

The Parrot website

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