© Martyn Barr


“There is no lovelier place in the world than Canterbury...”
Virginia Woolf

Canterbury has been a tourist destination for almost 900 years. The first pilgrims journeyed from across Europe to pray at the shrine of St Thomas Becket, brutally murdered in the cathedral in 1170. Nowadays people come for a whole host of reasons – to view the ancient buildings, soak up the cosmopolitan atmosphere or shop in the hundreds of major and independent stores that line the city’s medieval streets.

Less well known are Canterbury’s green spaces, ranging from the multi-faceted Westgate Parks to leafy nooks far removed from the regular tourist trail. All provide a welcome oasis of calm in this vibrant 21st century city.

This beautifully-illustrated book, by award-winning author Martyn Barr, celebrates Canterbury’s well and lesser known green spaces, with fascinating insights into their history, ecology and environment.

You can buy copies from our online store, priced £5.99 including FREE postage and packing.


“A lyrical homage to a beautiful city’s most beautiful places. With stunning imagery and Martyn’s eye for quirky detail and fascinating facts, it is as interesting and compelling for those of us who think we know Canterbury well as it will be to a first-time visitor.”

Bob Jones, Chief Executive, Canterbury Connected BID CIC

“Really informative, well written and enjoyable to read... an excellent book. Martyn’s love for his adopted city shines through.”

Jon Shelton, Partnership Manager, Kentish Stour Countryside Partnership

“Martyn has captured the green soul of the city and presented it in his customary visually stimulating way. A must for every Canterbury home and visitor to our inspiring city.”

Professor Bob Newport (emeritus), University of Kent