Sightseeing in Canterbury

With just two days until MEMS Fest 2018 begins, we hope you are looking forward to visiting the medieval city of Canterbury.

Whether it’s your first time, or you may just have some spare time whilst joining us this week, here are a few of the city’s medieval and Early Modern hot spots to keep you occupied during your visit …

Canterbury Cathedral

Explore the Gothic and Romanesque architecture of Canterbury Cathedral and walk in the footsteps of thousands of pilgrims that visited the martyrdom of Saint Thomas Becket during the Middle Ages.


St. Augustine’s Abbey

Just beyond the Cathedral – a short 10 minute walk away – lay the ruins that remain of St. Augustine’s Abbey. Why not take a visit and for all those English heritage members amongst us, entry is free.

St. Martins Church

A World Heritage Site and claimed to be the oldest working church in the English speaking world. This hidden gem is just around the corner from St. Augustine’s and often easy to miss – we challenge you to find it.

Westgate Gardens

Undoubtedly, an iconic image of Canterbury … and one that certainly won’t disappoint. Take a walk along the River Stour surrounded by beautiful gardens or even opt for an alternative view of the city on a historical boat tour.


The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge

Located in the heart of the city centre, the Beaney is a definite stopping point to learn about Canterbury’s history. Free to enter, it is wise to reserve a couple of hours to roam around the galleries, library and exhibitions.


We look forward to greeting you all this week and we hope you enjoy this city as much as we do … but don’t get too carried away with the beautiful sites (we know it is tempting). Remember that registration begins at 9.00am on Friday morning and if you haven’t already, do check out the programme here.