From Quirky To Romantic: Best Things To Do In Canterbury For Couples

This historic city in the South East certainly has a lot to offer. A hub of unique restaurants and bars, you can find plenty of outings here that are both quirky and romantic. Whether you and your boo are into live music, historic walks or getting competitive at games, there's something for you in this guide to fun things to do for couples in Canterbury, Kent.


Indulge In Italian Eats At Chapter

Found right in the heart of the city, ChapterĀ is known for dishing out amazing woodfired pizzas from their impressive oven, alongside baked lasagna, aubergine or gnocchi. If you're looking forĀ things to do in Canterbury inĀ the evening, then try out this rustic venue's signature cocktails alongside Italian fare, or head down on a Saturday for bottomless brunches instead, complete with free-flowing bellinis and two or three delicious courses.

Chapter Restaurant Canterbury | DesignMyNight

Sharing an Italian feast - surely one of the most romantic things to do in Canterbury for couples.

Set Off On A Historic Tour

Canterbury Historic River Tours is the ideal adventure for those couples who love to learn more about an area. For Ā£15 per person, they offer boat rides down the Stour in the daytime and the evening, where you will find out fun facts about the city while being entertained at the same time. For those of you in the mood for something a little more gruesome, then try the Chilling Tales tour to get seriously spooked. Not a fan of the water? Then check out their historical walking routes instead.

Canterbury River Tours | DesignMyNight

Discover some fun facts together as you glide down the river - what could be better?

Soak Up The Date Night Vibes At Citi Terrace

Things to do in Canterbury for couples at night? Head to Citi Terrace, one of the most popular bars and restaurants in the area that's perfect for a romantic evening. They've got an extensive menu of international dishes, from wagyu beef burgers to king prawn tagliatelle, as well as signature cocktails like the Citi DrĀ Pepper or a Dirty Blue Bikini. And if that's not enough, there are premium shisha flavours on offer here too.
Citi Terrace Canterbury | DesignMyNight
Perfect for dreamy date ideas in Canterbury.

Explore The Cathedral

With over 1,400 years of history to discover, Canterbury Cathedral is one of the city's oldest structures where large parts of the grounds are free to explore, including the nearby Christchurch Gate. To really appreciate the beauty of the cathedral, you can pay to enter the building and the pretty herb garden - and the best part is, your Ā£17 ticket allows you to return any time in the next 12 months for free. After all that adventuring, why not stop by The Old Butter Market for a pint, or relax on the rooftop of The Draper's Arms.

Canterbury Cathedral | DesignMyNight
From stained-glass windows to huge gardens, Canterbury Cathedral is a beauty.

Escape From A Historic Jail

Perfect when it comes to unique things to do in Canterbury for couples, why not try outĀ Escape From The Towers?Ā This award-winning escape room is located in the former city jail, which has been around since 1830, and has three different experiences to choose from. Whether you're going as a pair or working with other couples, you and your partner are sure to bond through teamwork at this incredible destination, for as little as Ā£23 per person.

Canterbury Escape Room | DesignMyNight

Couples that break out of jail together stay together.

Catch A Play At The Marlowe

The MarloweĀ is home to all sorts of mesmerising shows, whether you're after sets from hilarious standup comedians, much-loves plays and musicals or mesmerising dance routines. This huge venue fits up to 1200 people, making for a great atmosphere as you immerse yourself in a performance. What's more, you can catch a good old-fashioned panto when you swing by in the winter months.

The Marlowe Theatre Canterbury | DesignMyNight

Prepare to be mesmerised at The Marlowe.

Get Competitive At Boom Battle Bar

One of the best indoor activities for couples has got to be Boom Battle Bar. This place has got all kinds of fun games for a competitive date, including augmented reality axe throwing or darts, beer pong, crazy golf and shuffleboard, as well as karaoke machines for a sing-along. The pair of you will be entertained for hours here, and afterwards you can enjoy cocktails like a spiced mango margarita or a peach cosmo at the bar, which also serves some cracking street-style food.

Boom Battle Bar Canterbury | DesignMyNight

Your other half can treat you to a cocktail when you beat them at crazy golf.

Check Out What's On At Lady Luck

Struggling for date ideas? You can't go wrong with a night atĀ Lady Luck, which is full of cheap things to do in Canterbury for couples. Not only can you get stuck into fantastic burgers and a great range of drinks, but they also host some fab events. You'll find live music here on a regular basis, from DJs and rock bands to tribute acts, alongside Sunday evening quizzes. And if that wasn't enough, this cool pub has got board games and jukeboxes to boot.

Lady Luck Canterbury | DesignMyNight

Not got the skills to serenade your beau? Let the guys at Lady Luck do it for you.

Prepare To Be Wowed At Houdini's

Houdini's Magic BarĀ has got to be one of the most unusual things to do in Canterbury for couples, and it's certainly full of surprises. This unique venue puts on regular mystifying shows with prestigious resident magicians, which you can enjoy while sipping a themed cocktail like their potion-style sips or dry ice concoctions. AndĀ if you fancy something more hands-on, you can take part in a quirky drinks making masterclass here too.

Houdini's Magic Bar Canterbury | DesignMyNight

Add a little mystery to your date night with Houdini's.

Stroll Through Some Gorgeous Gardens

If you're on the hunt for things to do in Canterbury for free with your partner, then set off on one of the city's truly stunning walks. Westgate Gardens is a top choice, a public area along the river Stour that's complete with beautiful greenery and lots of wildlife. Want to venture further out of town? Then try the Crab and Winkle Way, which leads to the coastal town Whitstable and works both on foot or by bike.

Westgate Gardens Canterbury | DesignMyNight

Take a stroll through the picturesque Westgate Gardens.

If these activities have got you hungry for more, then you'll love our guide to the best restaurants in Canterbury.Ā And for all the latest, sign up to our UK newsletter.