The largest and arguably the finest of the country’s surviving medieval gateways, the Westgate was built during the One Hundred Years’ War to defend Canterbury from foreign incursion. The 60-foot (18m) high stronghold did not stand alone, as it does now, but was approached over a drawbridge across the River Stour, and flanked by impressive walls. Time passed, the military threat lessened, and the Westgate was converted into the City Gaol. During both World Wars it was bought back into active service as a key role in the city's air defences. The current museum covers four themes including City Wars, Crime & Punishment, Westgate Through History and Magna Carta & The Maquettes, with breathtaking views over the City. Also home to Escape in the Towers escape room and a bar and restaurant.
Monday to Friday and Sunday
12Noon-3.45pm - unless closed for an event.
Child - 5-17 years: £2
Child - under 4 years: Free
Tickets are available in the museum (up the Tower stairs) from the museum guide. Card payment only.
Access to many of these experiences is unfortunately restricted due to the nature of the heritage building with multiple flights of stairs and narrow doorways within the Scheduled Ancient Monument and Listed Building.
The Pound Bar & Kitchen is fully accessible.
Canterbury West and Canterbury East stations.
Canterbury Bus Station, top of the High Street.
Park and Ride
Approaching from Dover: New Dover Road CT13EJ
Approaching from Thanet: Sturry Road CT11AD
Approaching from Ashford: Wincheap CT13TY
Pay & Display parking and car parks throughout the city.
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