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9. West Gate and West Gate Museum

Top 10 ten places to visit in South East England - Canterbury

West Gate and West Gate Museum


After the Cathedral, the West Gate is Canterbury's next eye-catching landmark. It has stood for six centuries on guard over the road to and from London. Hundreds of thousands of medieval pilgrims,on their way to visit Saint Thomas Becket's shrine, passed through this gateway into the city.

West Gate is well preserved. The spiral access stair is brightly lit, and a rope handrail guides you safely and easily to the Museum displays and souvenir desk above the road.

On display are guns and armaments, from the Civil War to World War Two, used by the defenders of Canterbury. Prison cells can be visited and there is replica armour to try on for children. You can see through the murder holes onto the road below.

West Gate Museum Address:
Canterbury West Gate Towers
St Peter's Street
Canterbury, CT1 2BQ
England, UK

West Gate Museum Opening Times:
Open all year Monday - Saturday, 11.00 am - 12.30 pm (last admission 12.15 pm) and from 1.30 pm until 3.30 pm (last admission 3.15 pm)
Closed Good Friday and Christmas week

West Gate Museum Admission:
Adults  £1.50
Concessions  £1.00
Family  £3.50 (2 adults and up to 3 children) Groups of 10+ 10% discount
Teachers  free
Save by buying a museum passport for discounted entry to Canterbury Roman Museum, Museum of Canterbury - with Rupert Bear Museum and West Gate Towers
Full price  £7.00
Concessions  £4.25
Family  £17.50

T +44 (0)1227 789 576

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