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Alternative Walking Tours in Canterbury

These boots are made for walking, and Canterbury’s historic buildings and cobbled streets are best explored on foot. If you’re looking for new ways to tour this Kentish gem, have a look at our alternative walking tours in Canterbury and see what’s off the beaten track.

Roman Canterbury

Though most of Canterbury’s rich Roman history is underground, there are ways for even a casual visitor to explore the city through its ancient past. Walk along the city walls to the Dane John Gardens  (site of a Roman burial mound) and enjoy a moment away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Walk back into the centre and start off at the the beginning of St Margaret’s Street by the Three Tuns, where you will be standing on the site of a Roman theatre. Unfortunately all evidence is buried, so we suggest you keep walking down to the nearest Waterstone’s, where a quick trip to the basement will let you see the remains of a Roman bath with your very own eyes. If you’re ready to wander beyond the city centre take a trip to St Martin’s Church, the oldest church in the English speaking world - it’s built out of Roman bricks and is still in use today. If you want to find out more, visit Canterbury’s Roman Museum where you can learn all about the city’s Roman influences and see the mosaic floors of the Roman house it was built on.

Canterbury Landmarks

For such a small city, Canterbury has quite a few iconic landmarks and UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Start your tour outside the city walls at St Augustine’s Abbey, part of English Heritage and one of Britain’s oldest monastic sites. Head towards the city centre and visit Canterbury Cathedral, a stunning gothic structure that represents the Anglican faith in England. Walk towards the King’s Mile for a coffee and a bite, and slowly make your way towards the most photographed building in Canterbury. We’re talking about Sir John Boys House of course, better known as the Crooked House, currently home to a second hand bookshop and popular with locals and tourists. Finally, it wouldn’t be a complete tour if you didn’t stop by the Canterbury Normal Castle. Learn about the castle’s history as you walk among the stone ruins and climb up its tower.

The Crab and Winkle Way

If you’re already familiar with the city and want to explore something more, take advantage to Canterbury’s proximity to nature and explore East Kent’s countryside. Following a disused railway, walk from Canterbury to Whitstable along the Crab and Winkle Way. We suggest you make your start from the University of Kent campus, where you’ll enjoy an unparalleled view of Canterbury from above then proceed to follow the Crab and Winkle Way to Whitstable, where you can reward yourself with some fresh local oysters and a splash in the sea.