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The BEST WESTERN Abbots Barton Hotel sits quietly in Canterbury, amongst 2 acres of beautiful, tranquil landscaped gardens. The hotel, as well as offering a delightful place to spend the day and night, is also the ideal base for visiting Canterbury city centre itself. The Cathedral, shops and tourist attractions are all within this wonderful citys walls just a 10 minute walk away. Built in the 1830's as a private house, the hotel has lost none of it's style and charm. If anything, the homely atmosphere has only improved with age!

The BEST WESTERN Abbots Barton Hotel provides a great indoors, but those seeking adventure or relaxation in the great outdoors will be equally impressed by our location. Coastal and country walks are close-by, you can enjoy both river and sea fishing, and try something a little different with clay pigeon shooting at the local shooting range!

** Please note that there will be some building work at the back of the hotel over the next 6 months but this will cause minimal disruption to guests stay **

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36 New Dover Road


Building work at back of Hotel. Minimal disruption to guests Hotel has limited car parking spaces
Bars, Free WIFI, Golf Nearby, Pets Allowed, Restaurants, Twenty Four Hour Service, Lift to all floors
Free internet available throughout the hotel
There is free parking available onsite.
There is parking available nearby.
Pets: Accepted £10 per pet per night. 39 pet friendly rooms,
Check-in & Check-out
14:00 | 11:00
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Rooms & Rates


Dining and Bars

Our head chef has over 13 years' experience, some of which was spent training at Eastwell Manor and the Michelin Stared All Brighton Manor.

Chef William Britton


Fountain Restaurant

The Fountain Restaurant enjoys a warm and welcoming atmosphere, with Gothic style decor, and delicious modern British fayre, seasonal menus, working with ethical produce sourced from local suppliers and farms. Sample from our Al la Carte or daily dinner menu.

Opening hours

Breakfast: 07.00 - 09.30
Dinner: 19.00 - 21.30
Weekend times may vary
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Westfield Bar

Our hotel bar boasts many original features of the old house, with it's beautiful gothic windows and intimate corners creating the perfect mood for relaxation. Why not take a few moments to yourself on our comfy sofas and sample our tasty bar food and fine wines and local ales.

Opening hours

Weekend times may vary



The County of Kent is perhaps the most fortunate in Southern England with the variety and quality of it's Golf courses. Chestfiled, with it's historic connections, attractive layout and it's reputation for a warm friendly welcome, is well worth a visit. It boasts a course that is an excellent test of golf, with it's undulating fairways and greens, extensive tree planting programme, coupled with magnificent views, all set in the Kent countryside.

Course information

Course Type: Parkland/Woodland
Location: Off Site
Holes: 18
Par: 70
Distance: 6208 Yards
No handicap required


6.8 miles away in Whitstable


Please vist;

Putting green golf facilites
Pro shop golf facilities


9 holes Yes
18 holes £15.00
Tuition Yes


Canterbury Golf Club is situated in a delightful woodland setting around half a mile from the hotel.
The beautiful sculpted and challenging 18 hole layout,created by renowned golf course designer Harry Colt and has been in existence since 1927.The club house overlooks the 18th hole and the first tee. A driving range open to the public, excellent practice facilities,a well stocked pro shop all contribute to make it one of the top clubs in Kent.

Course information

Course Type: Woodland/Parkland
Location: Off Site
Holes: 18
Par: 71
Distance: 6272 Yards
No handicap required


1.5 miles away in Littlebourne Road


Please vist;

Driving range
Putting green golf facilites
Pro shop golf facilities


9 holes Yes
18 holes £15.00
Tuition Yes
Driving Range £2.25


The BEST WESTERN Abbots Barton is a unique venue with rural charm and ambience set in beautiful surroundings. This country house hotel with landscaped lawns and ancient trees is conveniently situated in the heart of Canterbury, just 10 minutes walk from the city centre. We also have a new function room and bar due to open in 2015/16.


Wedding service and reception venue

Whether you would prefer a traditional celebration or something more comteporary, our experienced wedding co-ordinator will be with you every step of the way to advise and guide if needed to ensure that it truly is the happiest day of your life.


From traditional sit-down wedding breakfasts, seated buffet and relaxed evening spreads to fish and chip suppers and 7-course banquets, well meet almost any requirement!

Honeymoon Suite

Traditional decor with a 4 poster bed, gives you a delightful honeymoon suite, the seating area for two in the Gothic tower of the room overlooking the landscaped lawns. A corner jacuzzi bath compliments the large bathroom with heated towel rail. In the bedroom there is a large flat sceen tv, hospitality tray and trouser press.


Registry office:
Kent County Council
Wellington House, St. Stephens Road, Canterbury, c
0845 8247400

Contact Magdalena Bonar on 01227 760341

For any enquiries please call Magdalena Bonar on 01227 760341

Location and Attractions

Getting there.

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Nearest motorway: M2, J7, 8.00 miles
Nearest train station: Canterbury East, 1.00 miles
Nearest airport: london Gatwick, 65.00 miles
Free parking on site (40 spaces)
On site disabled parking (2 spaces)

36 New Dover Road

What's nearby?


  • Canterbury Rugby Club (2 miles) (2 miles)

  • St Lawrence Kent County Cricket Ground (0.8 miles) (0.8 miles)

  • Gillingham Football Club (28 miles) (28 miles)

Cities & Attractions

  • Canterbury Cathedral (0.5 miles)

  • Canterbury (0.5 miles)

  • Historic City Centre (0.5 miles)

  • Howletts Wild Animal Park (5 miles)

  • Marlowe Theatre (0.8 miles)


  • Whitefriars Shopping Centre (0.5 miles)

Meetings, Conferences and Events


With a large meeting room and even more space outside in our 2 acre grounds we can accommodate events of all kinds and capacities. 1 on 1 interviews are just as at home here as large events!

New meeting rooms due to open 2015/16

Available room set ups

U shape


The Cathedral Suite is ideal for large meetings and functions. It can accommodate up to 150 delgates theatre style and 120 for bangueting. It has natural daylight and air conditioning, it can also house a marquee on the adjacent terrace and lawn for larger events.


This meeting room is half the section of the Cathedral suite and will accommodate smaller conferences. It has natural daylight and air conditioning, is ideal for private dining and networking events.


This meeting room is half the section of the Cathedral suite and will accommodate smaller conferences. It has natural daylight and air conditioning, is ideal for private dining and networking events.

Room Theatre Classroom U-Shape Boardroom Banquet
104 30 15 12 16 0
Cathedral 180 70 60 70 120
Marlow 70 30 30 30 50
Beckett 70 30 30 30 50
Garden Room 40 20 20 18 0
New Build Due 2015/16 350 0 0 0 300
Have an enquiry?
Contact events on 0845 620 0506


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TripAdvisor Traveller Rating: Rating: Based on 643 traveller reviews
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Great location.

04/10/2015 J W, London, United Kingdom

We only stayed here for one night but thought it was a lovely hotel. The room we had in the front of the hotel on the third floor was very good. The room was a good size and separate spacious bathroom... more


A Hotel with personality a gem.

03/10/2015 janetjohn001, Nottingham UK

Stayed for six nights, and from the welcome to the goodbye I could not have asked for a more professional service. My room was on the second floor and had everything you would require for a comfortabl... more


Lovely Hotel

25/09/2015 roy284, Grimsby, United Kingdom

We have had a most enjoyable 4 day break at the Abbots Barton hotel. Our standard room was spacious and tastefully decorated and spotlessly clean there was 2 comfortable chairs and table, a large wide... more

Owner Response
abbotsgm, General Manager at BEST WESTERN Abbots Barton Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you for your review. Good to see that you had a a lovely 4 nights with us in one of our standard rooms. You are quite correct that we are the ideal location for the 'centre' we are just far enough out to avoid the noise etc but close enough for a downhill walk. Thank you for mentioning my staff and our Breakfast and we look forward to seeing you again on your next visit.

Second Home

22/09/2015 Gmeg451, Middlewich, United Kingdom

I have stopped at the Abbots Barton regularly, perhaps every 2 weeks on average. This hotel certainly does have personality, but it is the people that really make a difference. The welcome is warm, fr... more

Owner Response
abbotsgm, General Manager at BEST WESTERN Abbots Barton Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you for your review. Always good to see a returning guest and we appreciate all of your comments. In relation to noise issues there is no accounting for guests sometimes but yes we are aware there are particular areas that need attention and these will hopefully be addressed relatively soon when our extension gets finished. Thank you for mentioning our food and my staff and we will see you again soon.

Weekend Away

21/09/2015 Alison d, Romford, United Kingdom

Location of hotel was perfect, a 10 minute walk from Canterbury Town Centre. Room was clean, but decoration a bit "tired". I appreciate that they are doing building work which was obvious as our view ... more

Owner Response
abbotsgm, General Manager at BEST WESTERN Abbots Barton Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you for your review. Great to see the positives of your review and thank you for mentioning our location, cleanliness and my staff. In relation to bedrooms etc this is in hand you will be pleased to know as all is designed to come on line at the same time. We do hope you try us again soon.