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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 £10 per pet per night, standard rooms, on request.
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 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; www.chestfield-golfclub.co.uk

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; 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. 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 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 1283 traveller reviews
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slept like a baby

16/03/2018 Karen P, Canberra, Australia

We drove pass the gate not thinking this lovely old mansion was the hotel. Formerly the residence of the Canterbury Mayor, this converted mansion is a lovely spot to spend the night or longer. set i... more


Wedding Anniversary Break

11/03/2018 Peter C, Southampton, United Kingdom

As a more mature couple, my wife and I try to take a couple of nights away around the time of our wedding anniversary. We have previous experience with the Best Western chain some years ago, which was... more


Awesome hotel, loved it!

10/03/2018 Sherri59, Perth, Australia

So glad we chose this hotel to stay in on an overnight visit to Canterbury, it is amazing! Super friendly staff in every area of the hotel, the room was just gorgeous and well equipped, had dinner in... more


Disappointing break.

07/03/2018 rogandmel, Bruton, United Kingdom

The hotel is as such quite acceptable with a well appointed room ( only 2 tea bags ) so far so good. We came here to visit both family and friends and my wife had booked the hotel for a pleasant stay ... more

Owner Response
Mark C, Operations Director at Best Western Abbots Barton Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you for your review Always disappointing to read that people aren't happy and I too am disappointed with 'no action' by the Restaurant team and the Duty Manager. This has been discussed as they all have the authority without reference to management to satisfy any complaint and I am at a loss as to why this didn't happen on this occasion and therefore please accept my sincere apologies. Overall and personally I don't think we are overpriced bearing in mind we use local high quality products but as I am sure you have seen in the news recently a very large amount of Restaurant Chains are in trouble due to rising costs and indeed we as an independent hotel are experiencing an unprecedented increase in costs due to varying factors. One minor point is that a Mackerel has 2 fillets not 4 but I tend to agree with you on this occasion that perhaps the whole fish should have been used and this will be addressed on our upcoming seasonal menu change. Please feel free to contact me if you would like to.


05/03/2018 Alexandre C, Paris, France

My parents and I stayed here for two nights as we traveled to Canterbury to celebrate my sister's 21st birthday. The hotel seems to have been a manor before. The hotel and the rooms have a 20s-30s-40s... more