Day Trip to Canterbury



This day started with Chris wanting to surprise me. I knew we were getting a train to somewhere, but he wouldn’t let me see what our tickets said. I got on the train still not knowing where we were going (so trusting, huh?) but after a few minutes the overly helpful ticket man decided to explain to us how to get to our destination: “Canterbury? You’ll need to change at the next stop and go to platform 4B” – so that’s where the surprise was ruined.

Still, I had never been to Canterbury before so I was surprised by how lovely the town is. It’s full of history and beautiful architecture from the 16th century. It also does a pretty good brunch.


I couldn’t think of a more perfect way to start the day: smoked salmon, poached eggs, and avocado on brown bread. Healthy, filling, and so delicious! We went to KITCH, a cute little cafe with marble tables and mismatched china. I mean, just look at this:

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The menu was full of superfoods and gluten free and vegan options. The boyfriend even enjoyed a bit of spinach with his full english! Don’t worry, there were lots of yummy-looking cakes by the counter as well – I need to try that carrot cake next time.



After brunch, we had a wander around the town, watched a man make some fudge, and saw the most crooked house I have ever come across. We finished off the day by walking along the canal and watching little boats go by.


I just couldn’t resist taking pictures in front of this cute little arch!



Have you ever been to Canterbury? Can you recommend any nice places?

If you haven’t been yet, I highly recommend it for a day trip!

How to spend a perfect day in Canterbury, England

  • Allanah Dykes
    October 17, 2015

    Canterbury is absolutely beautiful! Glad you got to go on such a gorgeous day 🙂

  • Lisa
    October 17, 2015

    I went to Canterbury for the first time this summer (although not on such a nice day as yours). It’s really lovely isn’t it? And not too far for a day trip either.

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  • Rachel Phipps
    October 18, 2015

    I’m more than slightly obsessed with KITCH, it is one of my favourite local spots!

    I also feel I need to point out that lots of our buildings are much older than the 16th century. Also, a little history to that crooked house. It’s the old King’s School Shop, the school in the Cathedral Precincts through the archway (called Mint Yard Gate) opposite.

    Glad you enjoyed our city x

  • Ginngi
    November 7, 2015

    Canterbury looks so enchanting! The food must have been delicious too!

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