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Roman walls, a Gothic cathedral and medieval timber-framed homes – the architecture of Canterbury is as cobbled as its streets making Kent’s only city a wonder to visit. There are independent shops to nose around, a river to punt along and, of course there’s the jewel in its crown, that cathedral, to visit. It’s been attracting pilgrims for hundreds of years - a tradition that continues today with a steady stream of summer visitors choosing to camp or glamp in the glorious Garden of England scenery around the city. We've sought out only the very best Canterbury campsites for this collection.

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Campsites in Canterbury

For a city, Canterbury is peculiarly well suited for camping - but then this is a city in Kent; the county known as the Garden of England after all. Its compact and historic city centre is enclosed by walls and tempts tourists with amazing architecture, plenty of museums and a towering cathedral… but travel outside the walls and the buildings soon give way to the Kent countryside. Farmers’ fields, orchards and woodlands surround the city and the nearby villages and towns. It’s in this rolling landscape that you’ll find a variety of camping and glamping sites which offer perfect places to stay if you want peace and quiet after days checking out the city sights. Many are within easy reach of the city centre with great public transport links so you can combine days in the city with nights by the campfire. Canterbury is not far from the Kent coast either so you might even be able to squeeze in a visit to the beach for the ultimate all-rounder. There’s enough to do in Canterbury to keep you busy for a two-week holiday but, as it’s within easy reach of London, it’s perfect for a quick weekend camp or glamp too.

Things to do in Canterbury

The number one thing to do in Canterbury is to visit the World Heritage-listed Canterbury Cathedral. It’s the seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury and the mother church of the Church of England and began attracting huge numbers of pilgrims when Thomas Beckett was murdered in its knave way back in 1170. Geoffrey Chaucer’s book about pilgrims en route to Canterbury is brought to life at another of the city’s tourist attractions The Canterbury Tales. You can hear more about the history of Canterbury on a river tour on the Stour or get a feel for pilgrimage by stepping out on the Pilgrims Way - now part of the North Downs Way National Trail. Outside the city, visit Wildwood to see native British animals or Howletts for more exotic ones or perhaps head for the beach at Whitstable, Margate or Folkestone.

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Roman walls, a medieval centre and timber-framed homes; the architecture of Canterbury is as cobbled as its streets with the cathedral, the site of centuries of pilgrimage, at its heart. Today there is a loyal band of campers, too, who journey here every summer to pitch tents and park campervans at the campsites nearby. As always, only the very best of the Canterbury campsites make it onto our shortlist.

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