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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 0844 387 6209*


Hotel has limited car parking spaces
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 at £10 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.


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 0845 620 0506


TripAdvisor Traveller Rating: Rating: Based on 1334 traveller reviews
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Comfy bed!

20/07/2018 JuneJaundoo, Brighton, United Kingdom

We stayed here for two nights, booking 2 rooms. Ours was 220 with a view over the front car park. Our sons was 301 with a view of the rubbish at the back. Room only. Both were clean and comfy. It was ... more


Excellent base for visiting Kent

16/07/2018 ianhD3151HO,

We decided to spend a few days in Kent so why not in the city of Canterbury. Abbots Barton Hotel is a 10 - 15 minute walk from the City Centre. You can easily spend a day there alone - be prepared to ... more

Owner Response
abbotsgm, Manager at Best Western Abbots Barton Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you for your review. I am pleased to read you found us very welcoming and that your room was to your liking. My team are used to the hotel being at full capacity especially at peak breakfast times, and I am pleased to hear there were no lapses in the quality of service provided. We all look forward to welcoming you back again very soon. Kind Regards

Great dog friendly hotel

14/07/2018 Lesley H, Eastbourne, United Kingdom

We visited here last weekend with our chocolate lab. We were impressed that on arrival to our room there was a dog blanket and water bowl waiting. The room was clean and smelt lovely. The staff were r... more

Owner Response
abbotsgm, Manager at Best Western Abbots Barton Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you for your review. I am delighted to read yourselves and furry friend enjoyed your stay with us. We always like to add the additional touches for guests pets as we see them as fellow guests as-well. Our A La Carte Menu offers a choice of 9 starters,15 main courses and 9 desserts with the majority of ingredients sourced locally or ethically. All our dishes are also made in house and freshly prepared to order. I am pleased you enjoyed our breakfast offerings. Thank you also for mentioning my team and pleased you found them all friendly and helpful. Kind Regards

My 76th Birthday Treat

12/07/2018 Anne H, Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom

We chose this hotel because it was close to the Canterbury City Centre but far enough away with a 2 acre garden (their website said!) to relax in. The reception staff and porter were very helpful. O... more

Owner Response
abbotsgm, Manager at Best Western Abbots Barton Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you for your review of your recent stay. I am pleased to read your room was to your liking, although do apologise about the wardrobe door and sink plug, my maintenance team have been into that room and rectified those issues and I thank you for bringing them to my attention. I was most saddened to read you did not enjoy dinner with us, and that the soup was not to your liking. I have spoken with the waiting team regarding the venison who inform me nothing was mentioned when the table check was done. We will always try to rectify an issue if we are made aware. Our restaurant does not have windows as it is an internal room, there are plans as part of our refurbishment programme to relocate the restaurant to the front of the building which will remedy this. I can only apologise you found the lighting levels low, I have never had feedback of this nature but will look to see if there are ways of improving this. Thank you also for mentioning my room attendants, they certainly do work very hard to keep the cleanliness standards that we have set out. Kind Regards

A lovely hotel

09/07/2018 patriciahG1493PH, Boston, Massachusetts

Stayed at Abbots Barton for five nights as part of a tour. My room was large, comfortable and very clean. The hotel staff were so accommodating, and handled our group of 30 with aplomb. Dinners in the... more

Owner Response
abbotsgm, Manager at Best Western Abbots Barton Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you for your review. I am delighted to read you enjoyed your stay with us recently and that your room was to your liking. All our pillows are non allergenic, apologies though you found yours to be flat, I have passed your comments to the head housekeeper to look into and replace where necessary. Thank you for mentioning our food offerings and I am pleased you enjoyed what we have to offer especially our croissants. I am also pleased to hear my team looked after you whilst you were here. Kind Regards


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