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Canterbury shopping guide

From fashion and lifestyle brands to quirky souvenirs, Canterbury offers a retail experience like no other. Pier retail villages and larger indoor shopping centres await shoppers, providing an eclectic balance of big names and independent boutiques.


What time do the shops open and close?

Canterbury shopping times vary depending on the area. The city’s main shops generally open between the hours of 09:00 and 17:00 during the week, and 10:00 and 16:00 on Sundays. The Whitefriars retail complex, East Kent’s largest shopping centre, is open daily from 09:30 to 17:30 except for Thursdays and Sundays.

Shops in Herne Bay generally open later, from 10:00 to 16:00 or 17:00. Markets are open on selected days, for example every Saturday from 08:00 to 16:00. In Whitstable, many shops open from 10:00 and some as late as 23:00, closing between 16:00 and 17:30. 

Is there late night shopping in Canterbury?

Yes, there is late night shopping in Canterbury. On Thursday evenings, the Whitefriars shopping centre is open until 19:00. The Fenwick department store also closes at 19:00 on Thursdays, and 18:00 on Fridays and Saturdays.

Best clothes shopping

Canterbury is home to a large number of well-known high street brands, as well as independent fashion retailers. Whether you’re indulging in a little retail therapy or buying a gift, there is something to suit everybody’s tastes.

Best men’s clothes shopping

In the heart of the city centre on Marlowe Arcade, Copperfield offers casual clothing for men, including hoodies, jeans and footwear. Just three minutes’ walk away on St George’s Lane, Jaeger Man features a selection of smart wear, from suits to linens – ideal for office wear and occasions. Both shops are within a few minutes’ walk of Canterbury Bus Station, which features on our London, Chatham    and Medway    routes.

Best women’s shopping

Marlowe Arcade in the city centre is home to Mosaic, featuring bright and colourful designs for women. AllSaints, located inside Fenwick, offers a range of dresses, tops and knitwear. For something a little different, Mama C Retro Vintage in Herne Bay takes shoppers through time. Canterbury city centre is just one minute’s walk from Canterbury Bus Station.

Best department stores

Fenwick, located inside the Whitefriars shopping complex, offers homeware and men and women’s fashions, plus beauty from cosmetics to aromatherapy sets. On Guildhall Street, Debenhams offers luxury fashions, a beauty bar, travel money and a wedding service. Marks & Spencer on St George’s Street offers fashions for all the family, plus furniture, flowers and gifts. Each of these department stores are within a few minutes’ walk of Canterbury Bus Station, covered by our London, Chatham   and Medway    routes.

Best homeware stores

For quirky European homewares, Flying Tiger on Whitefriars Square offers accessories, stationery and much more. Neptune on Wincheap features home accessories, textiles, flowers and more. Queen Bee on Mercery Lane is a charming independent shop with interior design services and unique accessories.

Both Queen Bee and Flying Tiger are within five minutes’ walk of Canterbury Bus Station, while Neptune is a 20-minute walk away. The bus station is accessible via our London,   Chatham    and Medway    routes.

Best tech shops

HMV on Marlowe Arcade features a wealth of games and consoles for keen gamers. For computer and mobile repairs, The IT Store on Iron Bar Lane offers affordable deals. Both shops are a few minutes’ walk of Canterbury Bus Station, served by our London, Chatham    and Medway    routes.

Best gift shops

Over in Whitstable, Seagulls and Flamingos offers cards, gifts and small homewares with unique designs. Independent store Wrapped offers handpicked homewares, stationery and gadgets on Burgate. Siesta Crafts is a Fair Trade approved gift shop, selling crafts, clothing and music instruments.

Wrapped and Siesta Crafts are both within six minutes’ walk of Canterbury Bus Station, on our London, Chatham   and Medway    routes. Whitstable is accessible on our Canterbury route, as well as our Faversham route, served by London, Chatham, Medway   and Hempstead Valley.