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The King's Mile

Northgate, The Borough, Palace St & Guildhall St, Canterbury CT1 2DY, England
+44 1227 785699
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A must-do walk while visiting Canterbury

It was absolutely lovely walking along the King's Mile this morning. There are lovely old and... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Leslie L
via mobile
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There's a real vibrancy along the King's Mile and surrounding area. Yes there are interesting... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Si R
Innisfil, Canada
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Canterbury's King's Mile, a collection of streets nestling beneath the spires of Canterbury's ancient Cathedral and alongside the King's School, is a haven for anyone seeking the taste and feel of real Canterbury. This creative & independent quarter includes historic Sun Street, Palace Street, Guildhall Street, Orange Street, named after William of Orange, The Borough, and Northgate, formerly a gate to the walled city. The King's Mile, steeped in history, is just a step away from the busy high street. It's where you will find independent shops and traditional traders offering handcrafted jewellery, arts, crafts, games and gifts, new and original clothing and more, alongside places to eat and drink. Whether it's for a quiet pint of local ale or European beer, wine and fine English dining, tapas, pizza made in a wood-fired oven, the King's Mile menu is always full of varied appetising home-cooked flavours. Here you can sample English street food on sunlit roof terraces overlooking the cathedral, watch a patissiere at work through a glass floor, decorate your own pottery, hire a bike to ride out into our beautiful coutryside for a picnic, play with reptiles and watch artists & artisans of all kinds at work in their studios. Drink coffee in the ancient Norman undercroft from 12th Century Canterbury, where the four Knights Templar Reginald FitzUrse, Hugh de Moreville, William de Tracy, and Richard le Breton were said to have met on 29th December 1170, before going on to assassinate Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral. Have your photograph taken by the crooked door and then browse for second hand books inside the 17th Century Crooked House, also known as Sir John Boys House, possibly the second most photographed historic building in Canterbury, and reputedly mentioned in the novel David Copperfield by Charles Dickens. While you are here, why not try some hand made chocolate, shop at a traditional greengrocers, get your hair cut or styled at a range of hairdressers and barbers, have your bicycle serviced and your clothes dry cleaned, learn to bake and research your ancestry. Try some 'bubble tea' and sushi. Relax with a massage or organic facial, get your nails done, and restore balance with some acupuncture. New meets old, with second hand books and original clothing and antiques alongside modern artwork. Fairtrade clothing and gifts, leather coats and traditional or running shoes, there's something for everyone here. But it's not just the sheer quality and variety of what's on offer that makes the King's Mile so special, it is also about the people. Start your visit to the King's Mile by meeting the residents and shopkeepers. Take a look behind the shops and plan your visit today, you won't be disappointed.
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  • Average8%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible0%
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Hours Today: 09:00 - 12:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Northgate, The Borough, Palace St & Guildhall St, Canterbury CT1 2DY, England
+44 1227 785699

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

It was absolutely lovely walking along the King's Mile this morning. There are lovely old and quaint buildings along the narrow street, including the crooked building which is now a bookstore. Simply breathtaking.

Thank Leslie L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There's a real vibrancy along the King's Mile and surrounding area. Yes there are interesting buildings and lots of unique shops, however the extensive pedestrian area (only cars with special permits are allowed and they are few and far between) makes this a very lively...More

Thank Si R
Reviewed 1 week ago

Bumped into this on an evening stroll. Worth taking a photo or two but thats all. Shows the age of the town and the degree to which many old shops and the medieval layout in the town centre has been preserved.

Thank 753anthonyl
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Mr B would have loved this street. So many artistic shots to be had. Mix of olde worlde shops and modern. Great for wandering through...especially the wonky bookshop.

Thank MrsBsTravels
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Nice stroll peering at the shops, although I wouldn't say they were as quirky as some reviews say. Some nice-looking places for coffee and food. Best thing was the eccentric-looking wonky bookstore, which had a great military-history section my son loved. I did think it...More

Thank Gail H
Reviewed 8 July 2017

I was walking down this old street on my across to CANTERBURY WEST station and I wasn't very impressed with it all.

Thank Margaret Mary O
Reviewed 4 July 2017

A gentle walk with some lovely old buildings but also some pretty awful modern stuff mixed in there which detracts from the experience.

Thank nge8
Reviewed 6 June 2017

Stroll along this attractive street, located behind the cathedral, and take in the historic Tudor Architecture and the quaint shops and restaurants

Thank RLWOrangePark
Reviewed 5 June 2017

Some quirky old buildings to admire many converted to craft/quirky shops. Lots of culture and less people in this area if you are not a crowd lover. Very photogenic area. worth a stroll along.

Thank BargeeGirl
Reviewed 16 May 2017

I took my granddaughter here last week, as she wanted to see the crooked house. she was amazed.Also the shops here are quaint and have a lot of history,Also the King School is there to see.Architexture is so lovely to see,as olde-worldey.

Thank cyndy1thomas
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