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Address: Northgate, The Borough, Palace St & Guildhall St, Canterbury CT1 2DY, England
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+44 1227 785699
10:00 - 22:00
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Sun 10:00 - 22:00
Mon - Sat 09:00 - 12:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Canterbury's King's Mile, a collection of streets nestling beneath the...

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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This area is full of beautifully quaint, shops, restaurants and cafes. Located behind the Cathedral with plenty to photo and wonder at, you really must take a walk along here and... read more

Reviewed 18 April 2017
Cologne, Germany

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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
Cologne, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 April 2017

This area is full of beautifully quaint, shops, restaurants and cafes. Located behind the Cathedral with plenty to photo and wonder at, you really must take a walk along here and enjoy the scenery. The leaning bookshop is well worth a visit too.

Thank SJJG
Folkestone, United Kingdom
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828 reviews
338 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 396 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

We really enjoyed our stroll past Kings school looking at the architecture of the buildings houses shops and eateries not forgetting the pubs of course. There are some interesting shops to be found here. Collectives are there if you look closely. While in Canterbury please check this out.

Lesley L, Public Relations Manager at The King's Mile, responded to this review

What a lovely review, we are so pleased you enjoyed perusing our little bit of Canterbury and thank you so much for taking the time to share with others. All the best Lesley More 

Castlemaine, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 January 2017

We found an Interesting bookshop at the end of Palace Street near Kingsgate, The lean of the ground floor is pronounced to say the least, can't believe it is still standing. The historic King's Mile is mainly a shopping precinct, which really didn't interest us but worth walking for its historic buildings and atmosphere.

Thank Lynne M
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 September 2016 via mobile

Went for a walk along the mile. Full of interesting small shops no large chains. Some good restaurants.

Thank PHE22
Lesley L, Public Relations Manager at The King's Mile, responded to this review

Hi - thank you so much for taking the time to review the King's Mile we hope you had a sunny day for your stroll! More 

Canterbury, United Kingdom
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140 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 September 2016 via mobile

Came here for the big King's Mile festival. Lacklustre and a poor show from those places not arts based. Not a patch on the excellent food festival later in the month that I will greatly look forward to.

Thank Radioheadkiduk
Lesley L, Biketart Manager at The King's Mile, responded to this review

Hi Radiohead, Thank you for taking the time to review Saturday's Street Party - I shall make sure that I feedback your comments to the team and we are very sorry that you didn't enjoy your afternoon with us. Everyone - from shop owners & performers to artists, donated their time and resources; however, this year a change in the... More 

Faversham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 September 2016

This street is a short distance from the main high street and links the main Canterbury shopping area to the more independent style of shop and café. Much smaller premises and with a pleasant charm to the area. Two or three outdoor car parks close by to the Kingsmile and certainly a quieter spot to enjoy a bit of city... More 

Thank peeneff
Lesley L, Bike shop owner on the King's Mile at The King's Mile, responded to this review

Hi, Thank you for your lovely review of our little corner of Canterbury we hope you had a smashing time with us. More 

Dunstable, Bedfordshire, England
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 351 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 August 2016

We thoroughly enjoyed our stroll through The King's Mile yesterday. So much architectural history, I'd love to know more background and stories about the buildings we walked past. A wonderful part of the city, quieter than the High Street, and not to be missed.

Thank Andy-S60
Lesley L, Public Relations Manager at The King's Mile, responded to this review

Hi Andy, Thank you for your feedback and I am pleased you enjoyed our little corner of the city. We are having a map illustrated with all the streets and old buildings on the King's Mile - I shall feed back to the business owners group and we'll bear in mind that a bit more historical info would be helpful.... More 

London, United Kingdom
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294 reviews
159 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 256 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 August 2016

Pretty street that kept our skittish guests entertained with old tudour style buildings and boutiques. Can be developed more to enhance its appeal- reminded me of the Shambles in York.

Thank roaming13
Lesley L, Public Relations Manager at The King's Mile, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write a bit about the Kings Mile - we are very pleased that your guests enjoyed their visit! There is so much we should like to do to bring together all these beautiful old buildings with a common appeal....we are still a bit of a work-in-progress (it's only taken us about 900 years!!).... More 

Southampton, United Kingdom
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77 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 August 2016

I wanted to revisit the old tuck shop at the end of the King's Mile near King's School and found it just as it used to be. A book shop now, it stands at the end of a street which could be bolder and much more heraldic than it is. There is an attempt to make a feature of this... More 

Thank Tropicus
Lesley L, Public Relations Manager at The King's Mile, responded to this review

Hi Tropicus, We certainly agree with you that so much more could be done with the King's Mile. We are now the dedicated 'Creative Quarter' and have made recent changes to the layout to reduce traffic and increase visitor comfort. I should love to see a little bit more heraldry and a bit of medieval splendour to our little corner... More 

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