Canterbury West Gate Towers

After the Cathedral, the West Gate is Canterbury's next eye-catching landmark. It has stood for six centuries on guard over the road to and from London. Hundreds of thousands of medieval pilgrims,on their way to visit Saint Thomas Becket's shrine, passed through this gateway into the city.

West Gate is well preserved. The spiral access stair is brightly lit, and a rope handrail guides you safely and easily to the Museum displays and souvenir desk above the road.

On display are guns and armaments, from the Civil War to World War Two, used by the defenders of Canterbury. Prison cells can be visited and there is replica armour to try on for children. You can see through the murder holes onto the road below.

Venue Type:

Museum, Heritage site

Opening hours

Mon-Sat 1100-1230 & 1330-1530
Closed Good Friday & over Christmas

Collection details

Weapons and War

Canterbury West Gate Towers
St Peter's Street




01227 452747


01227 455047

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