The King's Mile

The King's Mile, Canterbury: Hours, Address, The King's Mile Reviews: 4/5

The King's Mile
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Points of Interest & Landmarks
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
About
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.
Suggested duration
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Christine R
Welwyn Garden City, UK944 contributions
Nice variety of shops
Sep 2020 • Couples
Take a walk along King’s Mile and enjoy the variety of shops and independents. The old buildings are lovely.
Written September 23, 2020
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SFM1959
Colchester, UK661 contributions
Lots of independents
Sep 2020
Quirky independent shops, coffee houses and the Buttermarket all go to make up this less commercial feeling part of the city. Although a lot seem to have closed because of the virus, there are still a good number open, which means there is still a good vibe round here. Wander about or maybe spend some cash in one of the shops.
Written September 20, 2020
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VMB76
Somerset, UK283 contributions
Do not miss this book shop
Mar 2020
Highly recommend a visit to this book shop - the crooked walls and the front door are comically disconcerting as you lose your sense of balance. Raises money for local homeless charity so good to spend (or donate) as much as you can...
Written March 7, 2020
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Mindy1001
261 contributions
Pretty walk down the shops
Feb 2020
Enjoyable walk down the King's Mile, window shopping, having a look in some of the shops, with the option of having a tea or a coffee and a cake if you fancy one.
Written February 10, 2020
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John A
Guildford, UK136 contributions
"Nostalgic shopping "
Jan 2020
we love going to old towns/cities , The Kings Mile is an ecletic mix of old buildings and shops , just lovely ,quaint and oozes History , and not forgetting the Canterbury Tales . well worth a visit .
Written January 28, 2020
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Suzanne R
Irvine, CA228 contributions
Canterbury's Crooked House
Dec 2019
The King's Mile in Canterbury has several old buildings along the street, with the famous Crooked House at the very end. It's definitely worth walking down the street to see the architecture, with little shops and cafes inside the old structures. The Crooked House is a bookstore with a red, very crooked door! Charles Dickens visited the house in 1849 and described it as "...a very old house bulging out over the road...leaning forward, trying to see who was passing on the narrow pavement below..." It's an interesting curiosity and quite a unique photo!
Written January 10, 2020
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Vicuska
6 contributions
Beautiful old house
Dec 2019
it's a very beautiful and interesting, old house with sweet book-shop. Real couriosity. I suggest to see it.
Written January 8, 2020
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Megan M
Lyndhurst, UK77 contributions
interesting shops
Nov 2019
The crooked house for me was the most interesting and quirky shop. A couple of really nice coffee shops too.
Written November 26, 2019
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srmopiper
Gulfport, MS102 contributions
Winding narrow streets,
Oct 2019
Imagine all those pilgrims of old walking along the "mile", the same path as Chaucer, anticipating the view of that magnificent cathedral. Quite an experience.
Written November 23, 2019
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Rachel S
New Brighton, Wirral10 contributions
Amazing place!
Oct 2019
This has got to be the most picturesque book shop I have ever seen! The building leans to one side, as if it's about to sit down. Walking through such a tilted doorway is a surreal delight. There is a varied & extensive stock (music too!), and plenty of maps & guides for the local area.
Written October 24, 2019
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The King's Mile is open:
  • Sun - Sun 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
  • Mon - Sat 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM