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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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had a great time walking the shops and had a coffee. Plenty of atmosphere, fell in love with the... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
mary m
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Norfolk, United Kingdom
Beautiful area of Canterbury

I found the King’s Mile an enjoyable walk with a lot of people milling about, gorgeous architecture... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
AMK1988
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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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Northgate, The Borough, Palace St & Guildhall St, Canterbury CT1 2DY, England
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Reviewed 2 days ago

had a great time walking the shops and had a coffee. Plenty of atmosphere, fell in love with the place. So much history and lots of different languages in one place visiting.

Thank mary m
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I found the King’s Mile an enjoyable walk with a lot of people milling about, gorgeous architecture and a lot of cool pubs to see. The only issue is that the area seems to drift into nothingness like a car wash or an Asda.

Thank AMK1988
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Decided to walk down kings mile lots of different shops lots of food places.lots to look around including gallery's.prices can vary from shop to shop but being a city like Canterbury to be expected.

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Reviewed 17 April 2018

We walked the whole way from the Cathedral to the outskirts and Ok around the Cathedral there are plenty of restaurants and shops once you get a little out the shops are not boutique/chic but junk shops and empty buildings. Not worth walking the whole...More

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Reviewed 15 April 2018

The crooked shop at the end of Palace Street was built over 400 years ago. For more information, see the review under the name of its latest users, the Catching Lives bookshop. The King's Mile itself is a short but pleasant stroll.

Thank JanInJapan
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Reviewed 1 April 2018

A nice area of town to walk about. There's a mix of old and modern buildings around here, but mostly oriented towards tourists. The area is pretty much in the city centre and is a nice place to wander around.

Thank macedonboy
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Reviewed 30 March 2018

There’s lots to look at, medieval buildings, independent stores, restaurants, coffee shops. There are some blue heritage plaques in places and a wonky bookstore, some historical buildings are public houses, some with outside seating too. A very nice place.

Thank andreasmikos
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Reviewed 4 March 2018

The King's Mile is an area behind the cathedral full of medieval buildings, most of which are now independent shops. One of the most interesting is right at the end of the street - The Crooked House. How it's still standing is beyond belief.

Thank Georgie T
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Reviewed 19 January 2018

A nice walk through the past with a mix of eccentric shops, eateries, drinking holes and old world and modern retail shops. Cobbled and narrow in places definitely a walking route and not for cars.

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Reviewed 17 November 2017

Just strolled up the Kings Mile a pleasant walk with eateries and different shops to the high street worth a look

Thank mark_keefe
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