Westgate Towers Museum & Viewpoint

Westgate Towers Museum & Viewpoint

Westgate Towers Museum & Viewpoint
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12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Monday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Friday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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Built in 1380 the Westgate Towers is England's largest surviving Medieval Gateway. Explore its unique history and take in some of the most iconic views in the county of Kent. Approximately 60 foot high and built of Kentish ragstone c1380, it is the last surviving of Canterbury's 7 medieval gates, one of Canterbury's iconic landmarks. The Tower is a scheduled ancient monument and Grade I listed. Visitors can explore its rich history and take in the spectacular views of the city from the battlements viewpoint. Also part of the attraction are the original felons' cells built c1830 in the gaol extension which houses our Escape Room attraction. Enjoy 10% discount on food & drink at The Pound Bar & Kitchen on the ground floor with your receipt!
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VMB76
Somerset, UK313 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
We spent less than an hour here, as it is small - but very interesting, with a history of the tower throughout its varies roles as place of defence, prison, music school, and some letters describing life for the inmates of the prison... (hmmm...a single bucket with no privacy, shared by all the prisoners, male and female?) Good views from the rooftop. Well worth a visit (and only £4 to get in...bargain!)
Written March 7, 2020
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Stephen R
London, UK71 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Couples
Although it was only £4 it really was a waste of time apart from the view from the tower.
The exhibits were not that interesting and in many cases impossible to read as the print was small and the lightening very poor. The small room at the bottom had statues of the knights from the Magna Carta - why was unclear as the lighting meant any information could not be read.
I suggest everyone spends their money on a coffee until the exhibition sorts itself out!
Written August 13, 2021
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Tufty13
Beaconsfield, UK104 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
The towers were originally built in 1308 making them both medieval and incredibly rare. The sense of atmosphere and creepiness is very real, and the little museum is very interesting, with some rare military and other artifacts.
Highly recommended for a short visit, along with the wonderful escape rooms.
Written March 20, 2022
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edmundswolf
Bury St. Edmunds, UK31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Did this on spur of the moment. Absolutely brilliant. Room guide extremely knowledgeable with the history of the building, he made it interesting for the short time we were there. There are some stairs to climb to the roof area, and some taking you down to a room below, but worth doing. Really enjoyable. Oh, and only cost £2 each as renovations going on! Fabulous visit. Thank you.
Written February 9, 2020
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Flashjordan
Canterbury, UK11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Couples
I'm a local resident and only just visited the Westgate Towers Museum. It far exceeded my expectations. Plenty to see and the exhibitions are very informative and well presented. Excellent guides who clearly love their job. A must visit for any visitors to the city or local residents alike. Free entry to the museum if you eat at The Pound downstairs which has exceptional food....the roast was perfect.
Written March 20, 2022
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Mike N
Kampot, Cambodia4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 • Couples
We've lived in Canterbury for years but never thought to visit the tourist sites. The museum was really interesting and the we really enjoyed talking to the guide. He was very knowledgeable and was able to answer all our in depth questions. Really enjoyed out conversation!
Written February 27, 2022
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chuckofcorby
Corby, UK657 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Couples
I like a bit of history and this old city gate was built around 1380, so hit the spot. It's also one of the best view points in the city. The tower keeper was very knowledgeable and insightful explaining all the uses of the tower, gaol, look out post that the tower has been adapted to over the years. Only £2 as well...
Written May 24, 2021
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Epic-Traveller
Rushden, UK4,523 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Family
Excellent bit of history. £4 entry fee per adult (pay on the door).

Great view of Canterbury High Street. Enjoyed seeing all the old artefacts on display and climbing to the top of the tower for the view.
Written July 10, 2021
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ABEONAS
Folkestone, UK4,871 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
We finally got around the walking up the Tower instead of around it. Plenty of steps in the spiral staircase to the bridge which takes you to the museum which was once a Gaol. Informative Guide and £2 for adult entry. Although if we had visited a lot earlier I noticed it used to be 2d on a sign. Fantastic views over Canterbury once you ascend the second staircase to the roof. Accessed through the entrance of the Pound Restaurant / Bar. This is also an escape room venue. Well worth a look if you only do it once.
Written February 15, 2020
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DumDumBoy
London, UK258 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
My first time in Canterbury, and with a few hours to spare I nipped into the Westgate Towers (on my direct route into the centre from Canterbury West station). I'm so glad I did! The museum and viewpoint are a wonderful diversion for an hour or so - with a fascinating history. Once you've soaked up all the history do take the winding steps up to the viewpoint for some lovely vistas over Canterbury. Oh for the full wall to have survived, what a sight that would be!
Written February 7, 2023
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