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Family-Friendly Activities in Canterbury - Historical Fun and Interactive Entertainment

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Canterbury’s quaint narrow streets and historic buildings provide plenty of opportunities for family fun. The city makes a point of bringing its rich medieval past to life in ways that engage children and grown-ups, with most of the main sights and attractions within walking distance of downtown.

Hands-on arts and crafts


Canterbury has a long tradition of craftsmanship and the city is home to art programs and workshops where children can find their inner Matisse. A lot of these are linked to Canterbury’s museums, so they can learn about local history even as they pick up new creative skills.


Beaney House of Art and Knowledge


At this popular museum and art gallery, you can create your own art through interactive workshops cleverly linked to the rotating exhibits.


18 High Street, Canterbury CT1 2BDTel: +44 1227 452747


Beaney House of Art and Knowledge website


Espression Interactive Art Studio Café


The pottery pieces sold at this King’s Mile venue are blank canvases for your family to paint and decorate on the spot. Your little artists can also try their hand at glass painting or use foam clay to mould their own pots.


29-30 Palace St. Canterbury CT1 2DZ. Tel: +44 1227 765665


Espression Interactive Art Studio Café website

Guided tours on land and water


Canterbury’s compact centre has several well-marked routes to follow, and guided tours that walk and talk you through local history. If your feet need a rest, hop aboard a tour boat for a relaxing river cruise along the Great Stour.


Canterbury Spy Mission Treasure Trail


Kids become secret agents for the afternoon, with a sheet of clues to decode on this spy-themed race through Canterbury.


Canterbury Cathedral, Canterbury CT1 2EH.


Canterbury Spy Mission Treasure Trail website


Canterbury Historic River Tours


This 40-minute guided cruise down the Great Stour takes you past Canterbury Cathedral, The Kings Mill, and other historic highlights.


The Ducking Stool, Kings Bridge, St. Peters St. Canterbury CT1 2AT. Tel: +44 7790 534744


Canterbury Historic River Tours website


Adventures in medieval Canterbury


Canterbury’s rich history is well represented at many family-friendly local exhibits and attractions where you’ll experience the city’s medieval mystique.


The Canterbury Tales


Costumed characters bring 5 of Geoffrey Chaucer’s famous tales to life.


St. Margaret’s St. Canterbury CT1 2TG. Tel: +44 1227 479227


The Canterbury Tales website


Canterbury Heritage Museum


At this landmark 14th-century hospital turned museum your kids can try on Elizabethan costumes and even have a sniff of medieval poo.


Stour St. Canterbury CT1 2NR. Tel: +44 1227 475202


Canterbury Heritage Museum website


Family-friendly dining


There are plenty of restaurants in Canterbury where the whole family can feast together. Italian cuisine is especially popular, with menus offering kid-sized portions of pizza and pasta dishes.




This popular Italian restaurant offers younger diners simple Margherita pizzas and plates of spaghetti and meatballs, but the more sophisticated pasta dishes also come in smaller portions.


15-16 Borough, Canterbury CT1 2DR. Tel: +44 1227 761471


Posillipo website