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Best Western Abbots Barton Hotel

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Comfort in Canterbury.

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
For enquiries or to make a reservation please call 03330 030544
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Hotel has limited car parking spaces The hotel accepts pets in all rooms, £15 per pet per night by prior arrangement.
Bars, Free WIFI, Golf Nearby, Pets Allowed, Restaurants, Twenty Four Hour Service, Lift to some floors
Free internet available throughout the hotel
There is free parking available onsite.
There is parking available nearby.
Pets: Accepted by prior arrangement only £15 per pet per night.
Check-in & Check-out
14:00 | 11:00


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.

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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 the opportunity to sit back and enjoy our comfy sofas and sample our tasty bar food, 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. Chestfield, 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; www.chestfield-golfclub.co.uk

Putting green golf facilites
Pro shop golf facilities


9 holes Yes
18 holes £30.00
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 and 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; www.chestfield-golfclub.co.uk

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.

Wedding service and reception venue

Whether you would prefer a traditional celebration or something more contemporary, 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, we'll 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 overlooks 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
0845 8247400

Contact Emma Vogle on 01227 760341

For any enquiries please call Emma Vogle 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)

  • St Lawrence Kent County Cricket Ground (0.8 miles)

  • Gillingham Football Club (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 larger events.

Available room set ups

U shape


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
Marlowe 60 40 30 30 50
Beckett 60 40 30 30 50
Garden Room 30 20 18 20 50
Cathedral Room 150 70 60 70 100
Have an enquiry?
Contact events on 0844 387 62 40


TripAdvisor Traveller Rating: Rating: Based on 1488 traveller reviews
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Thin walls & a poor breakfast

08/09/2019 debsjc, Reading, England

I am being generous by giving them a 3/5! Pros - Good Location, 10 mins walk to the city - Friendly staff on reception - Reasonable room size, and fairly well equipped including aircon unit Cons - ... more


Useful for a night in Canterbury

04/09/2019 KN35, Ashford, United Kingdom

Handy location within easy walking distance of the city centre. We were only at hotel for one night as we decided to stay overnight as were attending a concert at Kent County Cricket Club, which was a... more

Owner Response
Excursion57146732589, Manager at Best Western Abbots Barton Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you for your review. I am glad you enjoyed your stay, thank you for mentioning our handy location to the city centre. Hope to see you again soon. Kind regards

Good Location

03/09/2019 ejfraser, Solihull, United Kingdom

This is a pleasant enough hotel and is kept very clean. Some of the older parts could do with renervating. We were part of a coach group and all had to dine at the same time.Dinner service was very ch... more


A visit from the hotel inspector is due

03/09/2019 235elliott,

An unexpected disappointment. It certainly is bed and breakfast but that's about it. I can only assume they were under staffed and the cleaner forgot their glasses for our stay. The room look inita... more

Owner Response
Mark C, Ops Director at Best Western Abbots Barton Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you for your review. We have delayed answering this post as you emailed us direct after posting reviews on various sites - we have engaged with you but had zero response in over a week. It does not serve our interests to deliberately prescribe to situations that you are alleging as I am sure yourself and others can appreciate. We have explained 2 areas - Towels there is always a spare set in the room drawers and the mattress (mattresses are always subjective to the user of course) which you describe as old is in fact 2 months old. The hotel itself is 92 years old and as an original house 189 years old. We have conceded to you that we had a 'bad day in the office' on the day in question for Breakfast which we have apologised for. As mentioned previously we have tried to engage with you to come to an amicable resolution but ............

The Staff Made It Great

29/08/2019 Sp00ky_FBI, San Jose, California

We stayed here when we first moved to Canterbury. The staff was very pleasant, but they went above and beyond during our stay to help us with our difficult schedule. We couldn't be more appreciative o... more

Owner Response
Excursion57146732589, Manager at Best Western Abbots Barton Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you for review. I am delighted to read that you found my staff pleasant and helpful during your visit when you first moved to Canterbury. I will ensure to pass this on to the relevant departments. With regards to the bedrooms, we are currently undergoing a refurbishment and adding on more bedrooms and we will then focus on our existing bedroom stock. Remember you can always pop in for a drink in our Westfield Bar now that you are living in Canterbury. Kind regards


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