Canterbury audio tour: Pilgrims and Pit Stops: A Canterbury Trail

Pilgrims and Pit Stops: A Canterbury Trail

Walking Tour

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60 mins
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1mi

About the Tour

Chaucer, murderers, pilgrims, actors, witches. Canterbury is not simply a city of pleasant coffee-shops and quaint gardens. The shady corners and ancient buildings conceal stories, mysteries, and speculation. This will be a whistle-stop tour, taking you on the final section of the Pilgrims' Way, from St Dunstan's Church to the Buttermarket and Cathedral entrance. It will then wind through the historic heart of the city, up the charming King's Mile, and round to Abbot's Mill Garden, before finishing back near the centre, on Orange Street. Not only will you pick up some (pub-quiz-worthy) facts, but you will get plenty of local eating and drinking recommendations too.

Please note, due to Covid 19, may have changed or closed.

Tour Producer

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Tessa Dagley

I work in digital education publishing, and spend most of my spare time chatting about history and/or food - and aspiring to marry the two. l love old photographs, even older buildings, silly facts and Spotify playlists. My favourite kind of day is when I put on my trainers and backpack, and set off aimlessly to explore the lesser-known corners of a city.

When not in London, I can typically be spotted pacing down the hill towards the centre of Canterbury, my home town. Although I like to think I'm fairly well-travelled, I still marvel at this small city's vibrant, quirky charm and don't hesitate to inflict my own tours on unsuspecting friends.

Major Landmarks

  • Canterbury St Dunstan's

  • Canterbury Christchurch Gate

  • The Marlowe Theatre

Directions to Starting Point

Start at St Dunstan's Church (80, St Dunstan's Street, CT2 8LS), on the corner of London Road and St Dunstan's Street.

If you are coming by train to Canterbury West Station, turn right on to Station Road, and then right again at St Dunstan's Street. It's a 7-minute walk.

If you coming from Canterbury East Station, it's about a 20-minute walk. To avoid walking along the busy ring-road (Rheims Way), it's best to cut through town. Walk out of the station via the bridge into Dane John Gardens, and turn left along the city walls and towards Castle Row. Walk along Castle Row and continue along Rosemary Lane until you reach the junction with Stour Street. Turn right and walk until you get to the High Street. Turn left up the High Street and walk straight up, through Westgate Towers and up St Dunstan's Street.

If you are driving, nearby car parks are Pound Lane and Canterbury West Station. You also might find street parking along Westgate Court Avenue (about 5-minute walk to the start of the tour) or Orchard Street/Queen's Avenue (under 5-minute walk to start). Make sure you double-check the parking times/zones on the street.

There is also a bus stop outside St Dunstan's Church. Buses which stop here include the UniBus. For more options, see https://bustimes.org.uk/localities/st-dunstans.

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Tips

Places to stop along the way

If you are hungry, thirsty or want a picnic at any point: The Refectory Kitchen (food/coffee), Café des Amis, Westgate Gardens, Cafe St Pierre, Boho (brunch/lunch), Stour Street - Greyfriars Chapel and Gardens (in summer months only), Canteen, the Chocolate Café, Pork & Co, The Parrot pub, The Dolphin pub.

If you have longer: Canterbury Cathedral, The Canterbury Tales (immersive and amusing visitor attraction on St Margaret's Street).

Best time of day

Daylight hours, between rush-hours: 10am - 3pm.

Precautions

Comfortable shoes and curiosity.

Comments

This was somewhat entertaining but focussed too much on the guides favourite places to eat or drink rather than the history of the town. Missed a lot of interesting and old buildings along the way and would have loved to have know more about them.

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , about 2 months ago

My first time using VoiceMap. Loved the way it works and I enjoyed this tour.

Posted by Rik , over 1 year ago
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Pilgrims and Pit Stops: A Canterbury Trail