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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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Walk back to station

I was walking down this old street on my across to CANTERBURY WEST station and I wasn't very... read more

Reviewed 8 July 2017
Margaret Mary O
London, United Kingdom
Mixed experience

A gentle walk with some lovely old buildings but also some pretty awful modern stuff mixed in there... read more

Reviewed 4 July 2017
Lancaster, United Kingdom
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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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  • Very good51%
  • Average6%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible0%
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Northgate, The Borough, Palace St & Guildhall St, Canterbury CT1 2DY, England
+44 1227 785699

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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
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
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...More

Lesley L, Public Relations Manager at The King's Mile, responded to this reviewResponded 30 January 2017

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

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...More

Thank Lynne M
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 reviewResponded 21 September 2016

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!

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.More

Thank Radioheadkiduk
Lesley L, Biketart Manager at The King's Mile, responded to this reviewResponded 12 September 2016

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 &...More

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