The Retro Bed & Breakfast

Canterbury, Kent

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The Retro Canterbury is located in an ideal position close to the historic City of Canterbury with its wide variety of shops and restaurants, as well as being close to the Universities. Further afield discover the beautiful Kent coastline with such delights as the quaint harbour town of Whitstable only a 15 minute drive away. The countryside surrounding Canterbury is full of historic villages, open spaces and ancient woodland easily reached by car, bicycle or on foot.
    Nearby Points of Interest
  • Westgate Towers & Gardens (0.5 mi)
  • The Westgate is a medieval gatehouse and is at 60 foot high the largest surviving city gate in England. Built of Kentish ragstone around 1379, it is the last remaining of Canterbury's seven medieval gates, still well-preserved and one of the city's most distinctive landmarks. Adjacent to the Towers is Westgate Gardens.The eleven acres of public gardens provide an ideal setting for a gentle stroll along the banks of the River Stour, while the less energetic can take a historic river trip.
  • St. Dunstan's Church (0.25 mi)
  • The church was founded by Lanfranc, Archbishop of Canterbury, at the end of the 11th century, and was certainly the first in England to be dedicated to St Dunstan (Archbishop of Canterbury 960-988). In 1174 King Henry II stopped here on the way to do penance for the murder of Thomas Becket. The head of Sir Thomas More rests in the Roper family vault.The bells are worth noting; there are six of these, and the fifth, thought to be the oldest in England for change-ringing, dates from c.1325.
  • Canterbury Cathedral (0.8 mi)
  • Canterbury has at its centre the world famous Cathedral which is one of the oldest Christian structures in England. St Augustine, sent from Rome by Pope Gregory I, arrived in 597 AD as a missionary and became the first Archbishop, establishing his seat (or ‘Cathedra’) in Canterbury. In 1170 Archbishop Thomas Becket was murdered in the Cathedral and ever since, thousands of pilgrims and visitors have made their way to Canterbury.
  • Nearby Activities
  • Crab & Winkle Way (0.5 mi)
  • An attractive seven mile, almost traffic free cycle route, following part of the old Canterbury & Whitstable railway line which runs almost parallel to the Whitstable Road. The Crab & Winkle Line as it is affectionately known became the first regular steam passenger railway in the world in 1830 when the Invicta locomotive engineered by George Stephenson started its journey from Canterbury to Whitstable. The route travels through a delightful slice of east Kent packed with history and nostalgia.
  • Local Events
  • Canterbury Festival 2017 (0.5 mi)
  • Canterbury Festival is Kent's International Arts Festival which takes place every October in and around the city of Canterbury, and is the largest festival of arts and culture in the region. This year's event will take place between 14th October and 4th November and will include such events as music, theatre & dance, comedy and much more...
  • Local Amenities
  • St. Dunstan's (0.4 mi)
  • The Retro is only a short stroll from St. Dunstan's, a vibrant and popular area of Canterbury. There is an eclectic mix of pubs, shops, cafes and restaurants including the bustling Goods Shed, where the all-day restaurant overlooks a permanent Farmers' market, which features an artisan cheesemaker, a butchery and a wine shop. The Award Winning Unicorn Inn on St. Dunstan's Street serves a selection of real ales and local ciders. Other amenities include a pharmacy, ATM and a mini supermarket.
A2
(6.8mi, 10.9km)

From A2 coastbound take exit to Canterbury, continue on A2050 at the roundabout, take 1st exit onto London Road, at roundabout, take 1st exit onto the A290 Whitstable Road. Property will be on the left.

From A2 Londonbound take exit to Canterbury, turn right onto A28 and follow A28 to a roundabout. Take 1st exit onto Rheims Way then left again onto A2050. At the roundabout take 3rd exit onto London Road, at roundabout take 1st exit onto the A290 Whitstable Road. Property will be on the left
Canterbury
(0.5mi, 0.8km)

We are approximately 7-10 minutes walk from Canterbury West Station with its high speed services to and from London St. Pancras and 15-20 minutes walk from the central bus station and Canterbury East Station (services from Dover and London Victoria).

Guest Reviews

Overall rating: 4.6 out of 5
 We started our trip in the UK by spending three nights in Kent. 
Benjamin / Apr 17
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Nearby Attractions

Westgate Towers & Gardens (0.4mi, 0.6km)
The Westgate is a medieval gatehouse and is at 60 foot high the largest sur…Nearby Attractions
St. Dunstan's Church (0.1mi, 0.2km)
The church was founded by Lanfranc, Archbishop of Canterbury, at the end of…Nearby Attractions
Canterbury Cathedral (0.7mi, 1.1km)
Canterbury has at its centre the world famous Cathedral which is one of the…Nearby Attractions

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