If you are making the journey to revisit Canterbury and want to stay the night, Canterbury now has a good selection of hotels starting at around £50 per night in the city centre. Traffic and parking can be an issue so it’s worth checking to see if your hotel has somewhere to put the car.
The Canterbury Cathedral Old Choristers Association has put together this shortlist of recommended hotels in Canterbury which we hope you find useful. If you have any experiences (good or bad) staying in Canterbury, please let us know so we can update our recommendations.
Be aware that there are two universities in Canterbury. Around graduation day or the start of term, all the hotels get booked up months in advance.
Cheap hotels in Canterbury
If you are looking for budget hotels in Canterbury (around £50-£60 per night), we recommend avoiding the Canterbury Travel Lodge Dunkirk and the Holiday Inn Express unless you are happy to drive or get a taxi (£10-£15 each way) into the city. Instead you may wish to try the Premier Inn (on the site of the old Blockbuster Video) or the Travel Lodge Chaucer Central.
The Premier Inn is next to a public car park and 24 hour tickets cost £6. The Travel Lodge has its own parking and charges £5 for 24 hours. Both hotels are very central and only a few minutes’ walk from the cathedral.
Mid-range hotels in Canterbury
For proximity to the cathedral there is nowhere more convenient than the Cathedral Lodge (situated within the Precincts) and the Cathedral Gate Hotel (next to the Christ Church Gate). Both will set you back around £80-£100 per night depending on the room. The Lodge has parking spaces within the Precincts. Late night access is via the Christ Church Gate.
The Cathedral Gate Hotel has no parking, but is a beautiful, quirky building (utterly unsuitable for anyone in a wheelchair!).
Exclusive hotels in Canterbury
If you are looking for the best hotels in Canterbury, the Abode is situated on the High Street and has good restaurant and champagne bar. It’s worth checking their prices as increased competition at the budget end of the market seems to have increased discounts at the top end. Rooms may be available for as little as £90. Limited parking is available otherwise the nearest car park is ten minutes’ walk away (£6 for 24 hours)
You may also wish to have a look at the Falstaff Hotel next to the Westgate Towers. Recently refurbished, it has the quirky Elizabethan architecture and free parking. The hotel also doubles as a cocktail bar so you may wish to ask for one of the quieter rooms if you are staying at the weekend. Rooms vary in price, but expect to pay £100 a night.
Hotels outside Canterbury
If being within the city walls isn’t important to you, there are some great places within a few miles of Canterbury. The Duke William in Ickham is a hidden treasure and regularly gets reviewed as one of the best pubs in the country. Re-opened after a complete refurbishment in 2016, the Dog in Wingham is another great find. Both are within 15 minutes’ drive from Canterbury.