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Canterbury Shopping

Canterbury is great for shopping with most of the city centre traffic-free between 10.00 and 16.00. As a balance to the bustling main thoroughfares with many famous name stores, such as Marks & Spencer, Bhs, Gap and Next (to name but a few), there are many side streets with exclusive boutiques and specialist shops. The city centre also has three large department stores, namely Nasons, Fenwick and Debenhams.

Hotels near the center of Canterbury
Castle House Hotel4 starfrom £76.50
Peregrine House4 starfrom £100.00
Greyfriars Lodge from £65.00
Greyfriars Lodge3 starfrom £91.28
Abode Canterbury4 starfrom £72.00


The Whitefriars shopping centre is a major multi-million pound development within the city walls. The new Fenwick department store was the first to open in 2003. This was followed, in the summer of 2004, by the completion of two other large stores, Boots and Tesco Metro. The multi-storey carpark and many of the 29 smaller outlets sheduled for the site have also been completed and the rest of the development is on target to follow by 2005.


Large supermarkets such as Sainsbury's, Asda,Tesco Metro and Safeway (Morrisons), open earlier and close later (often 08.00 to 22.00) than other city centre shops.

Castle Street

St Dunstan's Street, The Borough, Palace Street and Northgate. These streets are just one or two minutes walk from the main thoroughfare and are some of the many side streets which contain the more exclusive and specialist shops. They are well worth locating as they are perfect for browsing for that something a little different. (please note that some of these shops may be too small to accommodate an entire large group in one go)


Canterbury's street market takes place every Wednesday and Friday. Stallholders start to layout their stalls from around 08.00. A Farmers Market is opens six days a week, Tuesdays to Sundays near the West Rail Station. On most Saturdays an antiques market takes places in the Westgate Hall, telephone +44(0) 1227 479 670.